Pivot3, a pioneer in the hyper-converged infrastructure market, released a new software platform Tuesday designed to power a greater variety of enterprise applications, and more of those applications simultaneously, on its hardware.

The Austin, Texas-based vendor introduced Acuity, which implements support for a state-of-the-art flash storage protocol, and adds advanced policy management features that can extend across hybrid cloud environments.

The upgraded product responds to growing demand for hyper-converged systems to enable use cases previously only implemented on more complex and expensive infrastructure, Pivot3 CEO Ron Nash told CRN.

“This allows many more applications to run on our platform and run well on our platform,” Nash said. “It’s kind of like putting a turbocharger on hyper-converged.”

A Pivot3 partner told CRN that Acuity will give Pivot3 a leg up over larger hyper-converged players Nutanix and SimpliVity, which was recently purchased by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “It’s really going to be that differentiating factor when competing with those guys,” said Stephen Pyott, national sales manager at Toronto-based Pivot3 partner Stage2Data.

In 2015, some 90 percent of Pivot3’s new customers were looking to run one enterprise application on the infrastructure, such as virtual desktops or disaster recovery, often to supplement service to a regional outpost of the business, Nash told CRN.

But last year saw a new wave of adopters, the CEO said. One-third of those customers were buying hyper-converged infrastructure on which to launch multiple applications, looking for the systems to replace core data center functions.

Acuity delivers two enhancements that will support those broader use cases.

Pivot3 re-architected its software and data path to support Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), a protocol from a consortium of vendors developed to accelerate access to flash storage.

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