Nutanix, the hottest startup in the emerging hyperconverged infrastructure space, announced Monday that it has acquired two companies. The acquisitions may further delay its IPO, expected to be one of the biggest tech IPOs of the year.
One is PernixData, a storage acceleration and storage management startup whose acquisition by Nutanix has been agreed on but not yet closed. The second deal, acquisition of Calm.io, has been closed. Calm.io is a cloud automation and management company whose customers include the National Stock Exchange of India, which uses Calm.io’s software to manage more than 50,000 servers globally.
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As it integrates PernixData with its hyperconverged infrastructure environment, Nutanix plans to improve performance of storage environments, accelerating them by introducing storage-class memory and advanced interconnects. PernixData technology will also help Nutanix enable its App Mobility Fabric to run any application in any environment.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is one of several types of pre-integrated full-stack data center infrastructure solutions. The concept has been around for only three to four years, but Gartner expects it to become a $5 billion market by 2019 (from ‘zero’ in 2012).
Both hyperconverged infrastructure and converged infrastructure collapse compute, storage, and networking into a single SKU with a unified management layer. Hyperconverged infrastructure is different because it adds a sophisticated software-defined storage layer and doesn’t focus as much on networking, emphasizing data control and management.
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