Nutanix: Hyper-converged Infrastructure Solutions for Modern Enterprises

CIO VendorDheeraj Pandey, President & CEO
With trends like hyper-convergence and containerization services dominating the cloud landscape, enterprises are keen on adopting cloud solutions that allow flexibility and scaling for convenient computing. “The public cloud has shifted the focus from managing boxes to far more valuable business drivers including faster time to market and pay-as-you-grow economics,” remarks Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix.

Based in San Jose, California, Nutanix was founded with a vision to augment enterprise computing infrastructure while looking beyond the problems associated with components such as storage to address the entire virtualization stack. The web scale infrastructure provider is re-platforming the enterprise datacenters by providing software-defined solutions with rich machine-intelligence. This architecture works well for different levels of workloads as the company targets mid to large level deployments. “Building on our foundations of web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design, we make virtualization as invisible as we’ve done with storage to elevate enterprise IT expectations,” delineates Pandey.

Nutanix’s Virtual Computing Platform is its flagship solution that simplifies the deployment of virtual machines (VM). It is a single integrated platform that allows the virtualization teams to simply deploy the new VMs without worrying about the configuration of back-end storage systems. The turnkey solution has a natively converged architecture which is delivered in a 2U appliance to reduce the space consumption in a data center, offering support for industry-standard hypervisors that drive down deployment time substantially. Features like dynamic-clustering, native backup and replication capabilities enhance the stability of an enterprise as it ensures increased performance while lowering the administrative overheads.

Another core product family, Nutanix Prism delivers a converged solution that has storage, compute, and virtualization resources bundled into a unified system. Powered by advanced data analytics and heuristics, the centralized solution offers simplified workflows and a consumer-grade experience to the clients for efficient infrastructure management.

The web scale infrastructure provider is re-platforming the enterprise datacenters by providing software-defined solutions with rich machine-intelligence

The “one-click” functionality and rich built-in automation allow the administrators to streamline the common workflows within a datacenter, discounting the need for multiple management solutions.

Of the many successful client stories, one is that of Malaysia based Lion Group that chose Nutanix’s Virtual Computing Platform to set up their group-wide HR system. The separate HR systems deployed by individual group operating companies were replaced by a consolidated group-wide Oracle PeopleSoft System. The client’s Nutanix infrastructure was supported by four computing nodes and 20TB of storage Hypervisor—Microsoft Hyper-V, SCVMM and a Nutanix plugin for System Center with capabilities to consolidate more applications onto the group-wide private cloud.

Nutanix’s hyperconverged platforms are compatible with all leading virtualization environments. The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform built on Nutanix Acropolis and Nutanix Prism is a recent addition to the company’s product portfolio. The software driven infrastructure solution holds the capability to converge storage, compute and virtualization into a turnkey appliance that can be deployed in a few minutes to run applications out-of-the-box.

With a presence in more than 70 countries, Nutanix caters to a wide array of verticals and has carved a niche for itself in the hyper-converged infrastructure market. The firm is focused on taking hyper-convergence to the next level with its latest offerings Prism User Interface and the App Mobility Fabric. While the Prism UI will bring in a lot more analytics and operational insights, the idea of App Mobility Fabric revolves around the capability to decouple the VMs from the infrastructure and run them on different hypervisors. In addition, the company wants to enable its clients with the “configure-to-order” option wherein they will have the liberty to decide on how much memory— HDD or SSD capability— they require to handle heavier workloads.