NextIO Takes "Meta-Cloud" Approach
Senior VP Mike Heumann Addresses Questions Following Cloud Expo
By: Roger Strukhoff
Nov. 29, 2011 09:18 PM
I was intrigued by NextIO, an Austin-based company exhibiting at the recent Cloud Expo that seems to be taking a "meta-cloud" approach that decouples I/O from cloud servers. Virtualizing the virtualized, or something like that.
Had a brief conversation with some of the folks during a poolside lunch (temps in the low 60s made this just feasible), then followed up with some questions after the show. Here is what NextIO Senior VP Mike Heumann (pictured) told me:
When did the company start, and what was its original vision?
The company was incorporated in 2003. The original - and current - vision is focused on simplifying I/O in the datacenter. We do this by splitting I/O resources out from the server, allowing them to be provisioned and managed separately.
Your Maestro solution seems to be a "cloud within the cloud" or "meta-cloud" solution, as it addresses resource deployment and usage issues from the rack level. Is this a fair way to describe it?
So I would assume there are utilization increases and potential cost savings here. But how important is increased flexibility, scalability, and agility to your customers?
The earliest users to take advantage of this are those in the Managed Service Provider (MSP) space, but there is also great value in this for retail customers - imagine an Amazon being able to reprovision back-office servers to support web traffic during the holidays, for example.
What is the scope of your customers' datacenters? What is the range in size of your customers' deployments?
That said, we've helped customers with only a few racks as well, such as when they are undergoing consolidation, or are deploying new technology such as 10GbE.
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