Harrowing economic times would usually be even scarier for a start-up firm like Hyper9 Inc., and Chief Technology Officer Dave McCrory. Yet McCrory says he isn’t worried. Why?
Because business is better than expected for the two-year-old Austin, Texas-based firm and its Hyper9 platform virtualization management software, and phones are ringing off the hook as companies scramble to jump on the resource abstraction bandwagon.
McCrory gives an strong interest in Hyper9 simply: The economy is driving customers to the door, rather than from it. As companies expand the number of virtual machines they use to reap a quick return on investment, they’re finding it more and more necessary to manage these machines, a problem Hyper9 solves.
But not even Hyper9’s most optimistic expectations predicted a virtualized software boom this soon, as McCrory explains:
“We knew there was going to be a problem out there managing virtual machines as the number grew to 30 or more at different firms. We thought that tipping point would come five years from now. We didn’t know it would be coming this soon.”
This boom within a time of bust has been a pleasant surprise across the entire virtualization sector, from start-ups like Hyper9 to big dogs like VMware Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Citrix Systems Inc.
“In my 10 years with the company, this is one of the fastest adoptions I’ve seen,” Zane Adam, Microsoft’s senior director of virtualization strategy, said of Hyper-V’s rapid uptake, though this could be attributed to Hyper-V’s open-s0urce status.
Even the sector’s biggest player, VMware, is adding 300 more jobs to its 6,300-strong workforce, despite speculations about slipping market-share and increasing competition from Microsoft/Citrix and smaller virtualization vendors.