Gridstore Becomes HyperGrid as HCI Market Crunch Continues

Gridstore, a hyper-converged infrastructure company, is no more as it has combined forces with DCHQ, a container-focused software company, to form HyperGrid, which purports to be a “HyperConverged Infrastructure-as-a-Service” company.
That’s a lot of buzzwords, so let’s break it down.

Gridstore was a hyper-converged infrastructure company, putting compute and storage into a single box and then connecting them together in a scale-out cluster, much like Nutanix, VMware’s vSphere hypervisor, or the open-source KVM (or a derivative).

A couple of years ago, this was big deal because basically no one else was using Hyper-V for hyperconverged, and the Hyper-V platform itself was somewhat under-developed. Still, it was good enough for many purposes, and I recall talking to ex-CEO George Symons once about zigging while everyone else was zagging. Symons was clearly comfortable with being different. Fellow analyst Howard Marks and he once destroyed a Gridstore cluster with thermite in the interests of science. There’s video!

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How times have changed.

Hyper-converged infrastructure is just one way to deploy physical kit, while most of the action is happening in the application layer. Containers are the new VMs, and HyperGrid’s DCHQ-based platform (now called HyperForm) is solidly container-based. Hypervisors are becoming commodities — much to VMware’s chagrin — and HyperGrid will support vSphere, KVM, and Hyper-V as well as bare-metal deployments and cloud-based environments. The promise of moving workloads from site-to-site, regardless of the underlying physical gear, is an attractive proposition to many customers.

Meanwhile, EMC has the VSAN based VxRail, etc.). A plethora of other players duke it out for small chunks of market share.