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HiveIO claims latest HCI software 'eliminates' complexity... Isn't that the whole point of HCI?

Drowned Atlantis tech reinvented as AI-ready product

HiveIO, which bought failed Atlantis Computing's hyperconverged and virtual desktop infrastructure (HCI, VDI) tech, has released v7 of its software, claiming it eliminates traditional HCI vendor complexity.

Hive Fabric is HCI software based on KVM. v7.0 brings a Cluster Resource Scheduler (CRS) and virtual servers, which enables running multiple mixed-application workloads on a single infrastructure.

CRS monitors resource use across the Hive cluster and can move guest VMs between servers to ensure operational efficiency.

CEO Dan Newton claimed: "With Hive Fabric, users can consolidate disparate metadata into a single stream enabling your IT team to gain valuable insight into their business that leads to innovation and increases ROI."

The fabric's Message Bus, which holds the cluster's metadata, is AI-read, according to HiveIO, a hint that AI techniques like machine learning could boost manageability.

CTO and co-founder Kevin McNamara said: "IT professionals [will be able to] leverage an AI engine to provide proactive support."

HCI vendor complexity?

The company claimed: "Hive Fabric 7.0 satisfies the performance, scale, and security that enterprises demand while eliminating confusing licensing and multi-vendor integration and management that come with traditional hyperconverged infrastructure."

Er, El Reg has been told by HCI vendors, such as Cisco (HyperFlex), Dell EMC (VxRAIL), HPE (Simplivity), Nutanix, Scale and others that the whole point of HCI is to buy scale-out boxes that integrate all the hardware, software and licences needed in one product with one SKU, eliminating complexity – but, hey, what do they know?

We've asked HiveIO to respond to this point.

Get a Hive Fabric overview here. v7.0 Hive Fabric is available now. ®

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