Action Jack’s reappearance on Silicon Valley made me wonder about the fate of the Pied Piper box. Is it dead in the water now that the Pied Piper platform is up and running? If it is anything like the SimpliVity OmniCube, which inspired the hit TV show’s box, it could have a strong future.
So what do the Pied Piper box and the SimpliVity OmniCube have in common?
- Both have the same awesome looking bezel, of course. I am personally more of a fan of the blue cube myself, though granted I am biased.
- Both products aim to make “data storage problems smaller.” In the case of SimpliVity, this means that customers realize 40:1 data efficiency while improving performance for their virtualized applications. While the actual data efficiency numbers for the Pied Piper box were never revealed, they’re likely to be pretty impressive given their use of the middle-out algorithm.
But this is where the comparisons appear to end!
Before the Pied Piper team shifted gears to focus on the platform, it seemed as if their plans with the box were 100% focused on the backup use case. So perhaps they were developing the equivalent of a Data Domain on steroids. By way of compare, the SimpliVity OmniCube does provide built-in backup and disaster recovery, but does way more by providing all of the infrastructure needed to run virtualized workloads.
And probably the biggest (and most obvious difference) is that the fate of the Pied Piper box is quite unclear. Was the project completely moth-balled or is Action Jack now using the Pied Piper box in his basement to backup all of his information related to wine tasting and horse breeding? Share your theories with me on Twitter @kcmestre.