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, [entity display=”VMware” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware[/entity] VSAN, SimpliVity, Cisco Hyperflex, [entity display=”EMC” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”emc” ticker=”EMC” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/1441″]EMC[/entity] VxRail, Atlantis Computing, Yottabyte, Scale Computing HC3, [entity display=”Pivot3″ type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”pivot3″ natural_id=”fred/company/91570″]Pivot3[/entity], and many more. Gridstore’s main point of difference was that it used [entity display=”Microsoft's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”microsoft” ticker=”MSFT” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/2854″]Microsoft’s[/entity] Hyper-V hypervisor technology when pretty much everyone else was using either [entity display=”VMware's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware’s[/entity] 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 [entity display=”Howard Marks” type=”person” active=”false” key=”howard-marks” natural_id=”faris/8407″]Howard Marks[/entity] 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 [entity display=”VMware's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware’s[/entity] 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, [entity display=”VMware” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”vmware” ticker=”VMW” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/5897″]VMware[/entity] VSAN has been seeing tremendous growth, Nutanix has grown strongly (despite its much-delayed IPO), and several other large players have introduced or OEM’d their own solutions (Cisco has Hyperflex, and also resells SimpliVity, [entity display=”Dell” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”dell” natural_id=”fred/company/1260″]Dell[/entity] resells Nutanix, [entity display=”EMC” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”emc” ticker=”EMC” exchange=”NYSE” natural_id=”fred/company/1441″]EMC[/entity] has the VSAN based VxRail, etc.). A plethora of other players duke it out for small chunks of market share.

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