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Hedvig earns a spot on CRN’s Software-Defined Data Center 50 List

We’re thrilled to be named to CRN’s Software-Defined Data Center 50 list. According to CRN, this inaugural list recognizes channel-friendly companies that provide some of the most innovative data center technology available.

SoftwareDefined_award_2017.jpg"Data centers are evolving rapidly, with the rise of software-defined solutions enabling centralization, automation and scale on an unprecedented level," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The vendors on CRN’s Software-Defined Data Center 50 list enable solution providers to reap the powerful benefits of this new technology: optimal computing speeds, superior data storage and management capabilities, reliable power and excellent energy efficiency. We congratulate this year’s Software-Defined Data Center 50 on the technical ingenuity and effective partnership-building that have earned them this important place in the IT channel.”

We’re honored to be among a group of innovators ushering in the software-defined data center (SDDC) — arguably the most important development in IT to build upon the mainstream adoption of virtualization. Here's why.

According to CRN’s Joseph Kovar, here's what it takes to be on this very cool list:

The software-defined data center is here. Problem is, one just can’t call the distributor or vendor and order one.

The idea of the software-defined data center, which replaces proprietary hardware-based server, storage, networking and other equipment with the equivalent software functionality running on commodity servers, has been building for a couple years. After all, who wouldn’t want to replace expensive, proprietary hardware with software-driven technology that is centrally managed, is adaptable to changing needs, can be updated and patched automatically, and can even be paid for as a service.

CRN has brought together this list of 50 companies on the forefront of delivering the software-defined data center. . . Prepare to be amazed.

Consider us amazed and excited. 2017 will be the breakout year for Hedvig, as we just recently announced our Series C funding. We secured a total of $21.5M, bringing our amount raised to date to $52M, and welcomed three new investors: EDBI, Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and the Oman Technology Fund. Hedvig also is now well capitalized to expand our world-class engineering, sales, and channel teams.

But most relevant for the CRN news is we’ll go aggressively after the SDDC market. Our goal is to secure the No. 1 spot in a crowded and fragmented software-defined storage landscape. We see an opportunity to replace the disparate SAN, NAS, object, replication, backup, and HA/DR infrastructure that make up the hardware-defined data center of today. Even emerging SDS players still only address one to two of these elements at best. Think of Hedvig as a single, software layer that eliminates the complexity of the storage tier, shown below.

HedvigInTheSDDCStack.png

Thanks to Joe and the other editors at CRN for our selection! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here’s to a fantastic 2017!

Check out our entry on CRN’s Software-Defined Data Center 50 List here.

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Cassandra LaBouff

Cassandra LaBouff

Cassandra "the human" LaBouff is Hedvig's Senior Manager of Channel Marketing and Programs focused on helping our partners build successful businesses around the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform.
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