Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT HIVEIO

WHO IS HIVEIO?
HiveIO is a technology company focused on removing complexity from the data center and delivering the scale, power, and security that an enterprise demands.

WHAT DOES HIVEIO DO?
HiveIO transforms commodity data center equipment into a software-defined virtualization solution. Our hyperconverged fabric (HCF) platform delivers next-generation technology replacing the traditional infrastructure stack with the only zero layer, hardware- and vendor-agnostic architecture on the market. The simplicity, performance, and security of our AI-ready Hive Fabric solution removes complexity from delivering today’s workloads while providing scalable power for the workloads of tomorrow.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT HIVEIO?
HiveIO is focused on removing the complexity of delivering applications and workloads to the end user, allowing IT to focus on delivering the business’ objectives and to spend more time on innovation and transforming the business in this digital era. We are focused on features and functionality that actually matter and make a difference to the business, while simultaneously simplifying the experience for the IT team. We want to give customers a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-operate platform, without the added headaches of scaling teams, adding silos of specialists, or sitting through hundreds of hours of training.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME “HIVEIO”?
Hive Fabric enables individual compute, storage, and network components to come together and work as a single unit.

WHERE IS HIVEIO BASED?
HiveIO is headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey with offices in London, England.

WHEN WAS HIVEIO FOUNDED?
HiveIO was founded in 2015, with Series A funding in 2016 and Series B funding in 2017.

ARE YOU PUBLIC OR PRIVATE?
HiveIO is a private company with healthy, strategic investors that include Citrix, Rally Ventures, Osage Venture Partners, and El Dorado Ventures.

ABOUT THE HIVEIO SOLUTION

WHAT CHALLENGES DOES HIVEIO’S SOLUTION SOLVE FOR TODAY’S BUSINESSES?
HiveIO’s Hive Fabric solution allows IT professionals and CIOs to focus on business objectives
versus workloads by delivering the following:

Your IT infrastructure should work with you, not against you:
The current state of IT suggests that complexity leads to better performance, and as a result, IT professionals face too many vendors pushing too many features. This creates a state of inertia for IT professionals who spend their day managing a web of vendors when they should be running their IT environment to drive tangible business value. HiveIO eliminates the need for complex licensing and multi-vendor management with Hive Fabric – a zero layer, hardware-agnostic solution. With all the components of a hyperconverged solution (including the hypervisor, compute, virtualization, storage, and networking), Hive Fabric satisfies your performance, scale, and security needs without the vendor and licensing complications.

Your IT environment should benefit from economies of scale:
The set-up of today’s data center means that investing in growth only adds to the expense and complexity of your IT environment. Adding servers and systems requires more skilled and certified personnel to run the environment with efficiency. Our Hive Fabric hardware-agnostic solution comes ready to deploy and can scale quickly. Adding more servers or systems won’t require additional training or certifications for IT specialists. Our solution delivers the power you need to grow your business while keeping your team lean and agile.

Your IT environment should predict and solve problems in real-time with artificial intelligence (AI):
With data living in silos, many providers fail to offer true real-time solutions. Hive Fabric’s Message Bus is AI ready; by consolidating disparate data into a single stream, this technology enables IT professionals to quickly collect data and gain valuable insight into your business. With data formatted and digested in real-time, users can predict and intervene before potential issues impact your IT environment. With less time spent managing tickets and outages, IT
professionals can leverage the message bus and AI engine to provide proactive support, while also making time for the strategic initiatives that lead to innovation.

IS HIVE FABRIC THE PRODUCT?
Yes, Hive Fabric is the product name and is the Software Defined Virtualization platform from HiveIO.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DEPLOY HIVE FABRIC?
Hive Fabric delivers next-generation data center management technology in a simple-to-deploy and easy-to-operate platform. You can go from a bare metal server to a platform that is ready to deploy and configure virtual servers or desktops in less than 15 minutes.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Not only did HiveIO focus on removing the complexity from the data center, HiveIO also focused on removing the complexity out of the licensing and procurement process. Hive Fabric is licensed on a simple per physical server per month basis.

HOW DOES HIVEIO ENSURE SECURITY FOR CUSTOMERS?
Security is a process not a feature and is an ongoing process. Two areas that provide our customers comfort when it comes to security:

  1. HiveIO builds on the industry-leading hypervisor KVM, which is used by some of the largest public cloud providers and has a large community of developers actively contributing to the project to ensure we have a strong foundation to provide a secure platform. HiveIO manages the updates and takes into consideration the impact of changes before introducing updated versions into our product offering.
  2. HiveIO reviews all code as we develop for our platform and has security experts within our team specifically tasked with ensuring we always have a customer’s security front of mind when developing. This forms part of a larger ongoing 360-degree feedback loop from customers, support, third parties, and our own engineering team.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR USX AND FABRIC SOLUTIONS?
Hive Fabric is a software-defined virtualization solution, delivering next-generation technology that replaces the traditional infrastructure stack with the only zero layer, hardware-and vendor-agnostic architecture on the market. Hive USX is focused on delivering software-defined storage. The platform was acquired as a result of the asset acquisition from Atlantis Computing, and we continue to support a customer base on this platform. Customers can move to Hive Fabric and gain the benefits that a software-defined datacenter can provide including a significant reduction in complexity. Storage is a key part of Hive Fabric, but at this time the two products remain separate and do not share code, although we take considerable learning from Hive USX as we introduce shared storage into Hive Fabric.

IS HIVE FABRIC AN HCI / HYPERCONVERGED SOLUTION?
HCI is an architecture and a checkbox for Hive Fabric. Hive Fabric is capable of delivering a much more extensive platform. We consider ourselves a Hyperconverged Fabric that can be deployed on top of any x86 infrastructure and scale out – delivering local storage, in-memory storage, or even consuming external shared storage where appropriate. Offering all the components of a hyperconverged solution, Hive Fabric 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.

HOW IS YOUR SOLUTION DIFFERENT FROM COMPETITORS?
WHO DO YOU SEE YOUR COMPETITORS BEING?
Hive Fabric is focused on solving the challenges that enterprises face today. With Hive Fabric, enterprises can move complexity from the datacenter to meet business demands and optimize the cost of delivering IT and have more time to invest in a digital transformation in the digital-era and innovation. This drive towards simplicity is the motivation behind our core offering: an AI capable platform that can differentiate HiveIO from our competitors and deliver what our customers need:

An IT infrastructure works with you, not against you:
The current state of IT suggests that complexity leads to better performance, and as a result, IT professionals face too many vendors pushing too many features. This creates a state of inertia for IT professionals who spend their day managing a web of vendors when they should be running their IT environment to drive tangible business value.

An IT environment that benefits from economies of scale:
The set-up of today’s data center means that investing in growth only adds to the expense and complexity of your IT environment. Adding servers and systems requires more skilled and certified personnel to run the environment with efficiency.

An IT environment that predicts and solve problems in real-time AI:
With data living in silos, many providers fail to offer true real-time solutions. Hive Fabric’s
Message Bus is AI ready; by consolidating disparate data into a single stream, this
technology enables IT professionals to quickly collect data and gain valuable insight into
the business.

The drive to remove complexity means a smaller targeted feature set. A detailed feature comparison is irrelevant if you are providing what your customers and ultimately their business require in a solution.

HOW WELL DOES THE TECHNOLOGY SCALE?
Hive Fabric can be deployed on a single host to hundreds of hosts, if not more. The Message Bus technology removes the traditional challenges when it comes to growing an environment that is often hampered by the scalability of the management infrastructure. With the Message Bus connecting all hosts synonymous with a traditional network fabric HiveIO is able to build a platform with hundreds of hosts in a single cluster.

WHAT KIND OF INTERCONNECT DOES HIVE FABRIC USE?
Hive Fabric does not have a specific requirement from a technology perspective although we see most x86 hardware ship with Ethernet and therefore the majority of customers use this. Hive Fabric can be managed on a single 1GB network but there is a minimum bandwidth requirement of 10GB for the Storage network. Hive Fabric could work with other technologies such as Infiniband for higher bandwidth requirement.

CAN THE MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE NETWORKS RUN ON THE SAME PHYSICAL NETWORK?
Technically there’s nothing stopping you from running on the same network, but our best practice is to have a separate storage network and there is a minimum requirement of 10GB for this.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL CLUSTER SIZE?
The biggest single cluster that we have tested today is a couple hundred hosts, although we’ve simulated one with over 1,000 servers. A cluster for hive fabric is simply a way to logically think about a collection of hosts. We can dynamically add and remove hosts from the cluster and the way the cluster is managed goes unchanged. Hive Fabric servers are self-managing and as a result of the Message Bus architecture scale in a very linear fashion.

ARE YOU ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY ADD STORAGE FROM COMPUTE?
Yes, when Hive Fabric builds shared storage it is presented to every host in the cluster however each host does not need to provide the same physical resources. If an application is particularly memory intensive and doesn’t require storage for example then it can be catered for by adding hosts that have a larger amount of memory. Hive Fabric will intelligently place the workload on the hosts where the appropriate resource is available. This allows Hive Fabric deployments to be composed to meet the requirements of the applications and workloads running on it and can
then morph over time as the business requirements change and evolve.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF SERVERS THAT CAN PROVIDE SHARED STORAGE?
Hive Fabric introduced Hyperconverged storage in v7.0. Currently, the platform will build in blocks of three, we can go into further detail on how this will change in a separate roadmap session if you wish to understand how we expect this to evolve.

ABOUT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS

HOW DOES HIVEIO PROVIDE VALUE TO ITS CUSTOMERS?
HiveIO provides 24/7 support to enable our customers to quickly and easily deploy VSI, VDI, or storage solutions so that they can focus on delivering the needs of their business.

WHICH MARKETS DOES HIVEIO SERVE?
HiveIO has a global presence with customers across North America, EMEA, and APAC.