By now, most people realize this is the age of convergence in IT – especially as it applies to storage. We have converged infrastructure mixing storage, compute and networking; hyper-converged infrastructure integrating compute, storage and virtualization in one box, and converged secondary storage putting backup, DR, archiving, test/dev, copy and cloud data on one platform.
Now startup Hedvig is pushing a new kind of convergence – primary and secondary data together in one distributed platform. Hedvig designed its software-defined storage as scale-out, multi-cloud primary storage. But the startup finds early customers sometimes use it as a backup data deduplication target running on x86 servers. Hedvig CEO Avinash Lakshman said Hedvig software can drive primary storage that requires no separate backup.