I’ve partnered with Nutanix to bring their technology to several of my customers over the last four years. Nutanix evolves and innovates at an amazing pace — and its .NEXT Conference confirmed in a very big way that this trend will continue.
I can’t help but correct folks when they refer to Nutanix as a “hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) company.” While it’s true that Nutanix started out as such and essentially created this market that, seemingly, every legacy data center OEM has jumped into, it’s always had a much bigger vision: to deliver the next-generation operating system for the enterprise data center. I know what you’re thinking; vision is one thing, execution is quite another. And I couldn’t agree more.
I spend a lot of time at partner conferences, in technical trainings and consuming as much as I can from partners that help CDW deliver exceptional application delivery and management solutions to customers. I hear great things about roadmaps and futures all the time; but the reality is that few vendors have so clearly defined their vision and executed the necessary milestones along their roadmap to realize that vision — to make that future a reality. Nutanix has consistently delivered on this premise, and what it’s bringing to market over the next several months is truly game changing.
Improvements to AOS
There were so many great announcements at .NEXT that it’s hard to distill things down to fit a blog, but here goes. The conference and key announcements really centered on the Nutanix Acropolis Operating System (AOS) evolving to run applications across multiple public clouds in addition to on-premises Nutanix instances, and in general, furthering the “any application, any hardware, any hypervisor” narrative to include “any cloud.” AOS will enable application delivery across the Google/AWS/Azure public clouds, seamlessly melding these resources with a customer’s on-premises Nutanix environment.
Nutanix has also extended its on-premises deployment options beyond Intel with an OEM solution on IBM Power Systems. For those keeping track at home, Nutanix can be deployed on the following Intel-based platforms: SuperMicro, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco UCS and HPE ProLiant.
All of this really resonates for me as a partner solution architect. I talk to customers every day who want the agility and ease of the public cloud but also want the creature comforts – security, data governance, cost control – that their own data center provides. Most of the customers I work with have a cloud-first strategy, but Nutanix is enabling them to elevate that to hybrid-cloud first. Not all applications and workloads are suitable for the public cloud, just like not all applications make sense to deploy and manage onsite.
But why should these entities be siloed? Why can’t a single management pane and fabric aggregate and manage these disparate resources and give the business one pool of resources to support all applications and data? This seems to be the thesis that Nutanix has aspired to address; its technology was clearly built from the ground up to accomplish this.
More Great News
Specific announcements from Nutanix that we’re very excited to bring to our customers include:
- Strategic partnership with Google that will enable customers to deploy and manage both cloud-based and traditional enterprise apps as a unified public cloud service.
- Xi Cloud Services that will provide a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, delivering an integrated cloud environment with a range of cloud services that can be instantly provisioned and automatically configured. The first phase, Xi Disaster Recovery Service, rapidly and intelligently protects the applications and data in Nutanix environments without the need to purchase and maintain a separate infrastructure stack, which will absolutely resonate with customers as most tend to struggle with DR strategy, requirements and cost.
- Nutanix Calm provides application automation and lifecycle management for Nutanix and public clouds. Calm orchestrates the provisioning, scaling and management of applications across multiple environments to make the entire IT infrastructure more agile and application-centric. Organizations can now fully automate the provisioning of hybrid cloud architectures, scaling both multitiered and distributed applications across different cloud environments.
- Nutanix X-Ray is an automated, comprehensive testing and benchmarking tool that enables IT to evaluate any infrastructure for performance and availability under real-world conditions. With no licenses or specialized tools required, teams can utilize X-Ray to simulate how applications are impacted during common events and scenarios, and run multiple workloads in the same environment without negatively impacting other workloads.
There are several other developments and announcements; I’d encourage you to read more about them here and also contact your CDW account team to learn more. We have more than 200 Nutanix-certified solution architects on staff, and also provide managed services (including Hosted Private Cloud powered by Nutanix) and pre-shipment configuration services from our world-class configuration centers.
I’m really excited about our partnership with Nutanix — how fast it’s evolved, the great things we’re doing together with the PGA Tour and the business challenges we’re solving for our customers. I’m not sure how Nutanix is going to top this at .NEXT 2018 in New Orleans, but I’ll definitely be there to find out. Hope to see you there too. Anthony Bourdain has been announced as the first keynote speaker for .Next 2018!