Press Release – CenterGrid Transforms IT Infrastructure with VergeIO, Leading the Way in Managed IT Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Ann Arbor, MI: April, 30th] – CenterGrid, a prominent Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Cloud Services Provider (CSP), delivering services since 2009,, has announced a major overhaul of its IT infrastructure with the implementation of VergeIO’s Ultraconverged Infrastructure (UCI). This strategic shift significantly advances CenterGrid’s service offerings, particularly in the demanding Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector and GPU-powered workloads such as VFX and AI.

Revolutionizing Managed IT Services

CenterGrid has evolved from providing essential infrastructure services to comprehensive, turnkey-managed IT solutions, including Cloud services. This evolution was driven by the need to respond swiftly to dynamic IT requests, including deploying new systems or scaling existing ones, while adhering to stringent timelines.

Specialization in Media and Entertainment Industry

Recognizing the unique challenges in the M&E industry, CenterGrid has developed a specialization that addresses the limitations of traditional MSP data centers, particularly those imposed by legacy infrastructure software. These challenges include restricted virtual machine density and inadequate graphics processing capabilities.

Overcoming the Legacy Virtualization Challenge

Chris Beard, COO of CenterGrid, identified restrictive hardware support and high resource consumption as significant hurdles when using legacy hypervisors that make up the core of an infrastructure software solution. “The limitations imposed by legacy infrastructure software’s support of hardware variability and its performance penalties were throttling our ability to meet our client’s needs, especially in the rapidly evolving Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector,” Beard stated.

Embracing VergeIO’s Innovative Solution

After extensive testing of various alternative hypervisors, CenterGrid discovered VergeIO. VergeIO’s UCI solution, VergeOS, stood out for its per-server licensing model, comprehensive networking, virtualization, and storage integration. CenterGrid was particularly impressed with VergeOS’s exceptional migration capabilities from legacy infrastructure software solutions.

Yan Ness, CEO of VergeIO, expressed enthusiasm about this partnership: “We are thrilled to see CenterGrid leverage VergeOS to its full potential. Our vision has always been to provide a versatile and powerful platform for Mid-sized data centers, enterprises, and service providers. It provides unique benefits to service providers like CenterGrid, enabling them to excel in service delivery.”

Operational Excellence Achieved

CenterGrid’s rigorous testing proved that VergeOS matched and exceeded their previous solution’s capabilities, especially in terms of setup, operation, and GPU support. The platform’s responsiveness in large-scale environments was a game-changer for CenterGrid’s operations.

Significant Cost Savings and Enhanced Efficiency

The transition to VergeOS has led to considerable cost savings for CenterGrid, especially in licensing fees. “The shift to VergeOS is not just a technical upgrade; it’s a strategic move that aligns with our vision of cost-efficiency and operational excellence,” added Beard.

Future Outlook

With the successful implementation of VergeOS, CenterGrid is now well-positioned to focus on expanding its customer base and enhancing service offerings, moving away from the constraints of infrastructure management.

About CenterGrid CenterGrid has grown into a leading MSP and CSP, specializing in providing comprehensive IT services with a focus on the Media and Entertainment industry. With a commitment to innovation and customer service, CenterGrid continues to set the standard in managed IT solutions.

About VergeIO VergeIO is the leading VMware Alternative. Unlike hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), its ultraconverged infrastructure (UCI) rotates the traditional IT stack (computing, storage, and networking) into an integrated data center operating environment, VergeOS. Its efficiency enables greater workload density using existing hardware while improving data resiliency. The result is dramatically lower costs, improved availability, and greatly simplified IT.

Further Reading

Jason Yaeger Joins VergeIO as Senior Vice President of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan—May 14, 2024 — VergeIO, the leading VMware alternative, today announced the addition of Jason Yaeger as its new Senior Vice President of Engineering. Yaeger joins the VergeIO leadership team to steer its engineering initiatives into new frontiers of the Infrastructure as Software marketplace. With a 15-year distinguished career in technology and engineering […]
Read More

VergeIO Introduces ioGuardian: Revolutionizing Backup and Recovery for Unprecedented Data Integrity and Accessibility

Ann Arbor, Mich, March 12, 2024 VergeIO, a leader in innovative software solutions, today launches ioGuardian for VergeOS, a cutting-edge backup solution designed to enhance data resilience and minimize downtime in the face of multiple drive or node failures. ioGuardian sets a new standard for backup and recovery processes by offering inline recovery capabilities, ensuring […]
Read More

VergeIO Unveils VMware Essentials Upgrade Program

Ann Arbor, Mich, December 5, 2023 — VergeIO, the leading VMware alternative, announced the immediate availability of VergeOS Small Data Center (SDC) Edition. The VergeOS SDC edition is more than a competitive swap out of VMware Essentials. It is a significant capability upgrade while lowering costs.   Ironically, VMware Essentials is missing the essential capabilities that small […]
Read More