Cisco is getting ready to ship a hyperconverged server appliance, combining compute, storage, network and virtualization on x86 hardware, in partnership with software startup Springpath, according to reports. The plan includes an investment in Springpath, and possible acquisition.
Springpath's software combines standard servers into a single pool of compute and storage resources, eliminating the need for network storage.
Cisco has been rewriting the code for Invicta flash storage product line, which it shut down in July, and may include the code in the new appliance, CRN says. Invicta was based on Whiptail, which Cisco acquired for $415 million in 2013. (See Cisco to Acquire Whiptail for $415M.)
The appliance would put Cisco in competition with hyper-convergence startups such as Nutanix Inc. -- which filed for a $200 million IPO last week -- and SimpliVity. It also puts Cisco in competition with VMware, which shipped a virtualization appliance, EVO:RAIL, in 2014. (See VMware Laughs at Container & OpenStack Threats and VMware Launches EVO: RAIL Virtualization Appliance.)