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Pivot3 Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) – Product Brief

Last updated August 28th, 2019 for updates to EvaluScale table. Concise 7-page review of Pivot3 Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Covers highlights, use cases, potential, and strengths/weaknesses.

Pivot3 has built a business selling scale-out, consolidated infrastructure systems in the video surveillance industry with their vSTAC software platform. Now, a newer Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution is available, based on the Acuity software platform.

Leveraging the vSTAC technology, but adding Accelerator nodes, the Pivot3 HCI appliances provide an NVMe PCIe flash layer to the cluster in all-flash and hybrid storage configurations. Pivot3’s Acuity platform also provides the software for hyperconverged solutions using Dell and Lenovo servers.

Pivot3’s HCI appliances are available in 1U and 2U single-node chassis, hybrid and all-flash configurations, with clusters of from 3 to 16 nodes. Each cluster also contains two Accelerator nodes that feature an 8-Lane, PCIe AIC card or a PCIe U.2 card, providing a tier of persistent storage and read/write cache, in excess of the performance of a normal SSD cache. Acuity features auto-tiering capabilities in the Acuity operating system as well.

Pivot3’s Acuity software runs as a VM on VMware ESXi hypervisors only. It uses a distributed block technology and erasure coding to spread data across nodes and provide selectable levels of failure protection without replication or redundant copies. The company claims this process provides up to 84% usable storage capacity, while improving resiliency and trimming recovery times over traditional RAID and replication schemes.

In addition to data compression, Acuity offers a data reduction technology called “pattern matching” that compares incoming blocks with already-stored data and strips common patterns from the write ingest stream. Pivot3 claims this in-line process results in a 50% storage capacity reduction.

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