This week Atlantis Computing, a vendor of hyper-converged and software defined storage solutions, released a new hardware appliance in their “Hyperscale” range, aimed at the ROBO (Remote Office Branch Office) market.  I’ll come back to the details in a moment, however what is interesting in this announcement is that despite appearances to the contrary, hardware still matters, even in a Software Defined world.

Atlantis is one of a number of companies that started out with software-only offerings.  Their premise was quiet simple – BYOH – Bring Your Own Hardware and they provide…