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By | Simon Sharwood 14th September 2016 03:00

Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

Promises ESX-to-KVM-to-AWS and back again without involving architects

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit.

ZeroStack promises the usual “Our beautiful GUI and cunning plumbing means that if you turn on our boxes and go make a cup of coffee there's be VMs running before the cappuccino foam falls” experience. The likes of VMware, VCE, Scale Computing Nutanix and SimpliVity say that too. And like ZeroStack they all rely on dense 2U servers to make the magic happen.

ZeroStack's schtick is that it works with KVM – hello, low acquisition cost – and says it can get you to a complex hybrid cloud without the need to hire any expensive architecture folks. It's validated servers from Dell, HP, Supermicro and plans more hardware partners real soon now. It also emphasises analytics that warn you in advance when storage is running low or something is awry before it ruins your weekend.

The company's been selling this stuff since March 2016, has Series B finance to help it along and claims “double digit” customer numbers but didn't tell The Register if it's closer to 10 than 99.

The company will say it's just released some code that moves workloads from ESX into its own environment. It promises dependencies will make the jump, too, without need for re-plumbing. And makes the same promise for workloads flowing from its own boxen to Amazon Web Services, then back again.

HyperConverged systems are a busy market with clear and cashed-up leaders, general agreement on the need for tight coupling between hardware and software and a known Big Moment on the way in the form of Microsoft's Azure Stack arriving. So good luck, ZeroStack! ®

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