SoftIron has boosted its HyperCloud with new compute, storage and interconnect options. It claims this will improve scalability, performance and user experience. The improvements are aimed at enterprise, government, and MSP users.
Jason Van der Schyff, COO at SoftIron, said, “Since our initial launch in 2023, SoftIron has seen customer adoption in life sciences, education, manufacturing, and government. As early customers push the private cloud envelope, we’ve increased performance in nearly every area.”
Van der Schyff continued, “Everyone’s enthusiastically embraced the public cloud. It’s agile, it’s elastic. For the most part, it’s simple. The self-service consumption model really accelerates that time to value.
“We know that most organisations are talking about being cloud first. They’re talking about those new workloads going to the public cloud unless there’s a reason they can’t. And most applications are being developed using cloud-native tools and methodologies wherever possible, regardless of where they ultimately run that.”
Who is SoftIron?
SoftIron describes itself as the “World’s first true private cloud.” There will be a number of other private cloud providers who might argue that point but SoftIron has grown out of its initial investment in storage to a complete cloud platform.
What is interesting is that a recent SoftIron survey shows that 76% of enterprises are trying to run private clouds. It goes on to say that, unfortunately, existing solutions are failing to deliver. Users are accustomed to the public cloud and ease of deployment and use. Private cloud is generally far from that slick. This is one of the reasons SoftIron developed HyperCloud.
Importantly, it is also a pure reseller play. SoftIron is focused on working through its own channel. It sees itself as an infrastructure player and is focused on delivering a platform. From there, it hands it over to resellers to work with customers to understand workload and need.
One area that SoftIron is actively targeting is VMware resellers post the Broadcom acquisition. In an article to be published later, when asked how many VMware partners SoftIron has attracted, Van der Schyff said, “Quite a few.” There is a lot of interest across Europe and it is running events to demonstrate what the company can deliver as part of a partner acquisition programme.
What is in this release?
Among the key features the company has announced are:
- Ready-to-run. Installing HyperCloud takes a half rack and a half day, after which users enjoy a fully functional private cloud.
- Full cloud scalability. HyperCloud can scale aspects of their cloud independently and without limit. This includes compute, storage, networking, and so on.
- Cloud elasticity. HyperCloud nodes can be added or removed at will, and HyperCloud automatically reconfigures and redistributes workloads, storage, etc.
- Deploys and manages like a true cloud. HyperCloud supports easy-to-use portals or API-driven “Infrastructure-as-Code” deployment. Customers can make full use of tools like HashiCorp Terraform or SUSE Rancher to maintain their private cloud instantiations.
- Multi-tenancy. HyperCloud offers full secure multi-tenancy to ensure that workloads from different tenants (whether within or outside your organization) aren’t visible to each other.
Compute, Storage and Interconnect are the keys
To deliver all that, SoftIron has made a significant investment in the compute, storage and interconnect components.
- 64-Core/128-Thread AMD EPYC Compute Nodes
- NVIDIA-based GPU Intelligence Nodes
- Socionext-based ASIC Intelligence Nodes
- Density (HDD) Storage 48TB, 72TB, 120TB, 144TB, 216TB & 240TB
- Performance (SSD) Storage 56TB & 112T
- Performance+ (NVMe) Storage 26TB & 52TB
SoftIron adds three new interconnect nodes to handle tomorrow’s faster workloads.:
- 1GbE Management Interconnects
- 25GbE High-Speed Interconnects
- 100GbE Spline Interconnects
Enterprise Times: What does this mean?
This is a good time for SoftIron to be upgrading its platform. The fall-out from the Broadcom acquisition of VMware and the dismantling of the channel creates opportunity. SoftIron will be looking to those VARs, resellers, SIs and partners who have been left out in the cold by Broadcom. All of these will bring new customers, new workloads and a lot of cash.
The enhancements that have been announced will certainly deliver a platform on which much more complex workloads can be deployed. They also hint at new application workloads, something that Van der Schyff talks about in the interview to be published next week.
The challenge will be scaling up. It is one thing to create a platform where customers can scale their workloads. It is quite another to then scale that platform as demand on it grows. That will be the next challenge for SoftIron, and it will be interesting to see how it handles it.