Gridstore Gains Microsoft Gold Status for Data Center Competency
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Leader Demonstrates Best-in-Class Capability and Market Leadership through Demonstrated Technology Success and Customer Commitment
Gridstore®, a leader in hyper-converged all flash infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Centertoday announced it has attained a Gold Microsoft Data Center Competency demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.
To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must have one product or application that has passed the Gold competency test for Windows Server 2012 R2.They also must submit five customer references related to an ISV application running on Windows Server and/or with System Center (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.
Gridstore’s HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) are purpose-built for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. The HCA brings together compute, SAN and storage into a single system that offers all-flash bare-metal performance, efficient scaling, and scale-to-fit design that eliminates costly compute sprawl. Customers achieve a 10X performance increase with 75% less infrastructure delivering 4X decrease in TCO. The Gridstore HyperConverged Appliance is an ideal platform for infrastructure refreshes and specific Windows workloads such as VDI, SQL Server, Dev/Test, and ROBO.
Gridstore’s HyperConverged Infrastructure supports Windows Azure Pack, enabling deployment of Private-Cloud-in-a-Box easily and cost-effectively. Azure Pack provides a multi-tenant, self-service private cloud interface that works with Windows Server and System Center, to deliver self-service provisioning, easy movement of workloads to the cloud, and infrastructure management. Additionally, Gridstore’s integration with System Center includes VMM for policy-based provisioning and orchestration of compute and storage resources at VM-level granularity.
“This Microsoft Gold Data Center Competency showcases our expertise in delivering solutions specifically designed for the Microsoft ecosystem and commitment to Microsoft and its channel partners,” said George Symons, Gridstore CEO. “By delivering a unique hyper-converged infrastructure solution, purpose built for the Microsoft Cloud-inspired Data Center, we are able to provide our customers market leading price/performance, and an easy to manage solution leveraging standard Windows administrative tools. We help our customers transition to the next generation of data center infrastructure which reduces space, power, cooling, and management requirements, resulting in lower TCO and improved price/performance. ”
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Gridstore® is the leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. Our customers gain a 10X performance improvement over traditional storage as we put all-flash as close to the workload as possible. They realize 4X lower TCO by consolidation of three layers of infrastructure into one built on X86 hardware, and 10X less management effort due to less management points and less infrastructure to manage. Gridstore’s HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) include both compute and storage in a single system with the flexibility for nodes being compute and storage or storage only and can scale from a minimum of three nodes to 256. Gridstore’s patented software architecture delivers native Windows integration, per-VM I/O control, and elastic and independent scaling of resources. The Gridstore HCA is an ideal platform for infrastructure refreshes and specific Windows workloads such as VDI, SQL Server, Dev/Test and ROBO. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. and its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers.
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