Simplivity announced it is joining the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and placing a new development center in the Seattle area to serve as a research and development hub. The company has enjoyed phenomenal growth and there are some indicators that say there are potential IPO plans in the works. Simplivity employs a channel-only sales strategy and partners with Cisco Systems (News - Alert), and employs some 650 people around the world. Most are based in its headquarters state of Massachusetts.
The big story behind all this growth is tied to the value that Simplivity provides. As a hyperconverged infrastructure company, it has found a sweet spot in the enterprise cloud market adapting to a variety of infrastructure projects. Some of its biggest clients specialize in the kind of datacenter density work that calls on the merits of its products. Others are looking at virtual desktop infrastructure needs, rapid lab deployments and even savings advantages as the prime benefits of integrating the technology into their environments.
Simplivity’s product is known as OmniStack 3.0 Data Virtualization Platform, and it is designed to integrate with many different technologies. Built to be hardware agnostic, hypervisor agnostic, and public cloud agnostic, the platform allows customers to move data anywhere they need, whether it is Amazon Web Services, Azure, or somewhere else. The company is in the process of developing KVM capabilities and integration with Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Hyper-V.
The enterprise cloud space consistently welcomes technologies that provide a better footprint, but more than anything, it welcomes technologies that provide efficiency. That is one big takeaway about Simplivity’s opportunity here. Another is that the deal with Microsoft marks a significant step into the enterprise cloud provider space. The fact that the relationship will focus on continued joint developments points to a continually growing ecosystem for Microsoft and a new base of customers that will have access to Simplivity’s offerings.