Excited and Proud to Kick off 2017 with a Common Vision and Fire to Win

By Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Sphere 3D

Today we shared the news of our signing a definitive agreement to have HVE and Unified ConneXions join the Sphere 3D family, and I would like to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about that with you.

For those that are hearing about us for the first time, I would like to take a moment to tell you a little about Sphere 3D. Whenever introducing the company, there are two things I tell people they need to know about us.

First, we have some of the most incredible technology and people in the industry.  We have a worldwide team of people, many of whom have been delivering expert innovative technology for more than 30 years. Our team continues to challenge traditional established approaches, and focuses on delivering the best possible solutions to our customers. Whether it be a seemingly impossible technological hurdle that we need to overcome for a customer in a matter of days, or supporting our partners around the globe that rely on us every day, we pride ourselves in getting the job done.

Second, we have an ambitious vision to create a complete cloud for everyone.  We provide the solutions, which allow all organizations (from the smallest of sole proprietorships to large-scale enterprise or government organizations) equal access to consume applications and data the way that best suits their needs. We believe this needs to be accomplished through a tightly integrated stack of technologies that leverage cloud, virtualization, containers, and data storage. This is a hugely disruptive undertaking and we are paving the way to make it happen. We started just a few short years ago and have transformed into a global company with offices on four continents and customers in more than 90 countries.

In today’s ever-changing technology arena, to win consistently, I believe you must strategically invest in growth and emerging technologies while identifying teams that share your vision and ambition. It’s very difficult to hire people who can fit into your own distinct culture, and it’s even harder to find an already formed group with both the people and technology that share your vision and have a similar DNA.  This is why when we met the team from HVE and Unified ConneXions, we knew that joining forces with them was the right thing to do for our shareholders, partners, and customers.

  • HVE (“Hybrid Virtualization Engine”) ConneXions:  HVE, founded in 2011, was created to combine proven virtualization solutions with state of the art, best of breed platforms to support next-generation Cloud requirements. They are a hybrid cloud technology company focused on converged and hyperconverged infrastructure with 100+ Customers that are running over 100,000 VDI Desktops Daily.  They have a simple engineering philosophy that has created manageable, scalable, and predictable solutions. With technologies for virtual desktops, servers, network and storage, they offer flexible and unique solutions for customers that are looking at everything from an entry level VDI solution to a complete software defined data center.   This year, we will be sharing more on our plans to integrate both Glassware and V3 with the HVE offerings to deliver exciting new capabilities. You can learn more about HVE ConneXions here.
  • Unified ConneXions, Inc.:  Unified is the sister company to HVE, aptly named as it provides expert, professional, and state-of-the-art IT services to corporate, government, and educational institutions.  The skillset of their many system engineers, architects and support personnel will have an immediate positive impact for our channel partners and their customers. With certifications in Microsoft, VMWare, Citrix and various networking technologies coupled with  hands on experience with real customer environments, the Unified team will be able to jump right into supporting Sphere 3D’s broad set of channel partners and customers. You can learn more about Unified ConneXions here.

I have been in the technology arena for more years than I care to admit and have seen innovation and disruption on many levels. However, having been the CEO for the last couple of years here at Sphere 3D, I can tell you that the technology and people within this company are some of the highest caliber I have had the privilege to work with during my 30-year career [note:  a career which has included some substantially larger entities and companies than Sphere 3D].  We believe the addition of HVE and Unified ConneXions only reinforces and accelerates our ability to solve a wide range of customer problems in a disruptive and innovate way.   I wake up every day excited to get the work day started and move us closer to our goals alongside a team of people that have the same fire inside.