Nutanix makes its play for the enterprise cloud

LAS VEGAS – At the .NEXT Conference Nutanix saw another growth spurt from its hyper-converged roots towards the enterprise cloud.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform now enables data centres the ability to replicate the same level of automation as a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services. Supporting this announcement is the Nutanix Prism self-service targeted at the line-of-business decision marker to provision and manage apps and infrastructure with control.

Channel partners can take advantage of the Web-scale platform with support for multiple hypervisors and containers in the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

The container concept makes Nutanix special, said Terry Buchanan, Vice President Technology and General Manager at Zycom Technology Inc. of Toronto.

Buchanan added that Nutanix has sped up the provisioning and delivering bare metal performance on development with the flexibility to program inside the container with one click management.

“With storage, virtual controllers being built inside with the ability to port to any hypervisor enabling a mixed clusters; they can talk to each other and Nutanix took that concept and exploded it,” he said.

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform also features AHV dynamic scheduling for virtual machines with real-time analysis of storage utilization.

Zycom has increased its sales with Nutanix by 35 per cent in the last three years and in 2015 they were named Partner of the Year by Nutanix.

“We have been able to penetrate the non-traditional Zycom marketplace by being disruptive in a positive way. We have become data centre transformational specialists,” he said.

Nutanix is also now in all-flash nodes across its portfolio.

Michael Rustom, the Ontario and Quebec director of sales for CDN Top 100 Solution Provider Scalar Decisions, told CDN that Nutanix was first used as a tactical play because it was ideally suited for VDI. Three years later and Scalar customers are now able to minimize their capital investments, while exploiting private and public clouds with Nutanix.

“Nutanix in the mid-market and others has the ability to play like AWS or Google and you don’t need a PhD on your staff to do it,” Rustom said.

The San Jose, Calif.-based vendor also announced OpenStack drivers for private clouds using OpenStack, a joint solution from Microsoft targeted at the Cloud Platform System (CPS) community that produce Azure-like hybrid clouds and the yet to be released Prism will be able to manage VMware ESXi. Most of these solutions will be available next month. The Prism release does not yet have a date.

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