Server Virtualization has reached to the core of almost all data centers located through out the world and has saved million of dollars to companies by enabling them to get most out of their hardware.
Thus, to capitalize on this trend, startups are emerging out into areas like storage and data virtualization providing customers with similar benefits for streamlining and optimizing infrastructure performance.
In many cases, these startups are developing technology that fine-tunes the performance of cloud computing and enables it to deliver on its vast potential. While many startups would love to be the next VMware, they’re cognizant that what they’re developing can be just as revolutionary on a smaller scale.
So, here’s the list of those virtualizations startups, which have the potential to make it big in 2016.
Nutanix- This 2009 startup has emerged as a hot property in the world of hyper converged infrastructure market and will go public by the end of this year 2015. The company unveiled its own KVM based server virtualization hypervisor, called Acropolis, which works on a management platform called Prism. In doing so, Nutanix took aim at VMware, the virtualization kingpin that is now one of the startup’s biggest rivals.
Many virtualization solution providers believe that if Nutanix can ride the recent groundswell of market interest in KVM, it could become an even bigger thorn in VMware’s side and establish itself as a bone fide data center force to be reckoned with.
SimpliVity- It’s led by Doron Kempel and is a six year old startup offering data virtualization component called ‘OmniCube’ that has attracted the interest of many solution providers. SimpliVity’s flagship OmniCube product is a hyper-converged infrastructure tool that combines compute, storage, networking and virtualization on x86 server hardware.
Its data virtualization technology deduplicates and compresses data on production storage systems and reduces the frequency of writes to and from disks.
Primary Data- This 2013 Californian startup is being led by former executives of Fusion-io and has gained more than $60 million funding so far. The company offers DataSphere which virtualizes data through the use of metadata, with the goal of ensuring that applications always get the right amount of storage they need. Thus, this process eliminates the need for over-provisioning storage and is designed to work with different versions of data center infrastructure.
StratoScale- Led by Ariel Maislos, this is a startup which deals with Hyperconverged software which turns industry standard x86 servers into hyper converged appliances. StratoScale joined Cisco’s Solution Partner program, which indicates that its technology has been deemed compatible with the networking giant’s Internet of Everything initiative, which has a lot of future ahead.
Docker- California based Docker has generated a lot of buzz in the IT industry in recent times. It has made its places and has succeeded in cementing its place in the world of Linux Container Space. From 2014, the company is seeing competition from the likes of CoreOS that introduced a rival container standard called ‘Rocket’ last year. However, the former had its market still intact in this year and will probably lead the battle in 2016 as well.
Recently, CEO Ben Golub led Docker has started acting like a big company eating away smaller ones. In October, it acquired Tutum, a tiny 11-person firm that develops technology for deploying and orchestrating Docker containers — specifically the “last mile” of sending applications into production environments. In 2016, Docker plans to acquire a big data analytics firm and would like to maintain it as a separate entity.
Zerto- This is a six-year old Boston startup run by veterans from EMC and focuses on disaster recovery and business continuity technology for virtual and cloud environments. The latest version of Zerto’s flagship product, Virtual Replication 4.0, expands support to Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services environments.
Cloud Physics- This Company is founded by former VMware Storage engineer Jeff Hausman and offers Software- as- a service that uses predictive analytics to ensure that virtualized infrastructure is running at peak efficiency.
CloudPhysics recently unveiled a feature for VMware environments called Exploration Mode, which lets administrators pinpoint the cause of problems with their virtual server, storage and networking configurations at an early stage, before they can have a negative impact.
The idea is to reduce human error by automating the process of detecting infrastructure problems, and it’s one that’s quickly catching on with organizations with large virtual environments.
Delphix- This Company sells software technology that shares a single copy of database across multiple cloud based instances by using the technology of virtualization. The software speeds up the process of setting up new databases. Delphix is a seven year old company which has landed a $75 million series D funding in July led by Fidelity Management and Research Co and has raised to nearly $120 million in 2015 on an overall note.
Delphix claims to have many Fortune 500 firms as customers, and it also has partnerships with Amazon Web Services, VMware, Dell, SAP and other vendors. The data virtualization technology works with databases from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAP and a range of other technologies.
Sea Street Technologies- This Company is a Boston based cloud orchestration and automation startup, which offers StratOS software that, automates applications and infrastructure. It also gathers telemetry data to fine tune performance, which helps organizations save money and boost the efficiency of their computer, storage and networking environments.
Platform9- This company sells a SaaS cloud management software that can turn an organization’s server into an OpenStack based private cloud that supports Docker, KVM and VMware vSphere. The idea is to let firms of all sizes run the same type of ultra-efficient infrastructure in their data centers as what’s available from Amazon Web Services and other public clouds.