Thought Leaders in Cloud Computing: Momchil Michailov, CEO of Sanbolic – Part 3
Sramana Mitra: Help us with the competitive landscape. Whom do you compete directly or indirectly? What does that landscape look like?
Momchil Michailov: Software-defined storage has been a hot and trendy area. In flash storage and software-defined storage, there was a total of $1.2 billion of venture investment last year. For the pure software stack, we have been positioned against companies like ScaleIO, which was recently acquired by EMC. We are certainly compared a lot to a company called Nexenta and a number of other players out there.
Software-defined storage allows you to converge compute and storage. When you converge compute and storage, you can eliminate a lot of the paths. You can improve performance. That’s been an architecture that has been successfully pushed and has gained a lot of traction for a company called Nutanix. We are strictly a software play. We don’t necessarily compete with Nutanix. You can certainly take our platform and layer it with Cisco UCS servers, with Whiptail Flash inside them and deliver a similar architecture to Nutanix on an open platform. There’re the pure software guys like ScaleIO and Nexenta and then there are the more converged players like Nutanix.
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