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Promise Technology VSkyCube HCI handles cloud migration

VSkyCube is Promise Technology's hyper-converged infrastructure for midsize businesses and cloud hosting providers. VSkyMotion moves storage between Promise hardware and AWS.

Storage subsystem builder Promise Technology Inc. has enhanced its VSkyCube hyper-converged storage with cloud migration and disaster recovery software.

VSkyMotion moves physical and virtual storage between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VSkyCube appliances. It supports disaster recovery between VSkyCube appliances and cloud bursting in AWS.

Promise Technology VSkyCube includes three x86-based hybrid appliances targeted at small and midsize businesses. The C Series supports compute-heavy virtualization, the I Series provides balanced compute and storage, and the high-end S Series scales from 44 TB to 87 TB of usable capacity.

Promise Technology HCI gains interest from service providers

The Promise VSkyView operating system handles flash management and hyper-converged infrastructure tuning across multiple VSkyCube appliances.

"We came out with VSkyMotion to help people migrate physical Windows or VMware VMs to our hyper-converged platform," said Jason Pan, a senior director of product marketing and business development at Promise Technology, based in Milpitas, Calif. "We realized the same tool also allows you to migrate workflows to Amazon public cloud."

Pan said midsize hosting providers are dedicating a half rack for using VSkyCube to provide hyper-converged infrastructure as a service and disaster recovery as a service.

We came out with VSkyMotion to help people migrate physical Windows or VMware VMs to our hyper-converged platform. We realized the same tool also allows you to migrate workflows to Amazon public cloud.
Jason Pansenior director of product marketing and business development, Promise Technology

VSkyCube scales to 32 nodes. The vendor recommends at least three nodes to support erasure coding and RAIN clustering. Customers could start with one node, but data protection would be limited to boot images and temporary files.

The increasing popularity of enterprise cloud storage still leaves plenty of room for on-premises storage technology, said Terri McClure, a senior analyst who focuses on hyper-converged infrastructure at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc., which is based in Milford, Mass.

"Hyper-convergence collapses the stack and takes out the need for a whole bunch of different domain expertise," she said. "It lets a virtualization administrator take care of everything, without having to put in a help ticket to get storage allocated. That makes it really attractive to SMBs that need a data center in a box."

Hyper-converged adoption holds steady

Before venturing into hyper-convergence, Promise Technology made its mark by selling JBOD enclosures and storage array subsystems. Its latest product rollout comes during a shakeout in the hyper-converged market -- most notably, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's $650 million acquisition of hyper-converged pioneer SimpliVity Corp.

Dell EMC has increased its focus on hyper-converged products to buttress declining networked storage revenue. After standing on the sidelines, NetApp announced plans this year to launch its first hyper-converged platform. But Promise Technology isn't going after the exact same market as the enterprise vendors.

"Promise doesn't want to sell to the enterprise," McClure said. "They're going after a lower end of the market. A lot of small and midsize businesses can't hire people with multiple layers of IT expertise."

The VSkyMotion migration tool is the third of five software enhancements planned for Promise Technology VSkyCube. The vendor previously rolled out VSkyBox file sync and share and the VSkyStor NAS gateway for legacy applications. Pan said planned VSkyCube rollouts this year include VSkyData for Hadoop analytics and VSkyPoint for virtual desktop infrastructure. A rollout to support the Microsoft Azure public cloud is under development, Pan said, and Google Compute Engine remains a roadmap item.

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