Gridstore, DCHQ merge, focus on DevOps storage

Gridstore hyper-converged hardware and DCHQ data container software merge into HyperGrid to sell storage nodes or cloud targets for DevOps and persistent container storage.

DCHQ software is now named HyperForm and integrated with the HyperGrid cloud orchestration and provisioning layer. The Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance hardware assumes the HyperGrid brand. Unlike Gridstore's previous appliances, HyperGrid technology will not be Microsoft Windows-centric. Gridstore only supported the Hyper-V hypervisor, but HyperGrid will support any hypervisor.

The primary use case for HyperGrid is to allow customers to create a multi-tenant container environment, without owning the storage infrastructure. That goal is to provide DevOps storage that can help create cloud applications faster.

Software maker Rancher Labs is the only other vendor to market a hyper-converged platform that allows storage services to run on a data container host.

The HyperGrid software-as-a service hyper-converged platform supports bare metal, cloud-native and virtualized applications. Existing Gridstore customers can download the HyperGrid software stack and spin up containers in multiple public clouds or locally in a data center.

HyperForm is intended to help development and operations teams more efficiently design and test an application before promoting it to live production. IT operations can create a data container template designed for the requirements of an application team, and the hyper-converged technology provides DevOps storage. Developers can invoke testing templates that transparently shares the benchmarks with IT and storage admins.

Multiple HyperForm containers can be created on a single node for multi-tenancy. HyperForm allows users to run application containers in 14 public clouds and multiple virtualization platforms, including VMware vSphere, OpenStack and CloudStack.

Customers also may opt for a monthly subscription for scalable compute and storage that is delivered on premises. HyperGrid will ship a hardware stack preconfigured with customers' applications.

HyperGrid’s other projected use cases include big data, database consolidation, ROBO storage and virtual desktop infrastructure.

Containers intended for production typically need to be unpacked and formatted as a virtual machine. By acquiring DCHQ, HyperGrid reduces the friction and risk from the process, said Terri McClure, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.

EMC's open source Rex-Ray project integrated DCHQ's plug-in framework to automate backup, replication and snapshots for container-based database services.

HyperForm comes with templates that allow IT operations to create a data container based on the requirements of an application team. Multiple HyperForm containers can be created on a single node for multi-tenancy. HyperForm supports 14 public clouds and multiple different virtualization platforms, including vSphere, OpenStack and CloudStack.

HyperGrid plans to release upgraded hyper-converged appliance hardware that support Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise network switching technology. Those boxes will be compatible with existing Gridstore hyper-converged hardware and add support for VMware workloads and Linux nodes.

HyperGrid users can select pay-as-you-go pricing for consumed IT or DevOps storage, VM or VDI usage, or compute cycles. Teymourian said is building its own units of consumption that combined fixed amounts of compute, containers, memory and storage.

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