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How Virtana, Infinidat got here
Virtana has become a power player in infrastructure management primarily through absorbing other vendors and services within their market, said Dave Raffo, an analyst at Evaluator Group. The company’s VirtualWisdom management software can oversee data demands and bottlenecks, which would normally require excessive manpower to monitor, Raffo added.
“For [Virtana] to add a new storage system means they’re getting requests,” Raffo said. “To do all of this from end to end is difficult for anyone to do themselves.”
InfiniBox comes from the corporate lineage of Moshe Yanai, Raffo said. Yanai led development of EMC Symmetrix enterprise arrays through the 1990s, which became part of Dell, and later Diligent Technologies and XIV, both of which were purchased by IBM. InfiniBox formally launched in 2015 after a soft launch in 2013.
“It’s a very-well respected technology,” Raffo said. “Just not everybody needs such a complex and expensive system like a Fibre Channel SAN. I guess that’s one reason they might want to use Virtana.”