January 31st, 2019 by Adam Armstrong
Maxta May Be Done
According to our good friend Chris Mellor at The Register, the HCI company Maxta looks as though it is going to shutter its doors. Mellor heard from four sources, one informed him that Maxta had given 65 employees their final paycheck and ended their healthcare benefits. Other sources reported to Mellor that the staff were told Monday of this week that Maxta was shutting down.
Founded in 2009, Maxta is a Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) company that focuses on software. Maxta’s software works with all the major hardware vendors including Cisco, Dell-EMC, HP, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, Quanta, and Super Micro. And users can download the software on both new and existing servers. The software supports both VMware vSphere and Red Hat Virtualization. Maxta offers features such as allowing storage to scale separately from compute and the ability to run mixed workloads on the same cluster.
Maxta entered the scene when HCI was a bit more niche. As HCI moved to mainstream the big players got involved and either buy up or squash the smaller guys. According to The Register’s reporting, Maxta has nearly run through its VC funding, a total of $35 million. While the software is different from some of the other players, it doesn’t appear to offer anything that customers seem as a need versus want.
The company hasn’t released an official statement yet, it did respond to The Register with: "Maxta has had a reduction in force. Considering various strategic options."