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‘Big Deal’: Nutanix Enters Secondary Storage Market With Nutanix Mine

‘It’s all managed from a single console, which means customers no longer have to buy multiple products and go through the planning and integration process simply to backup and recover their critical business data – they can do it from Nutanix,’ says Greg Smith, vice president of product marketing for Nutanix.

Nutanix is diving head first into the secondary storage market with the launch of Nutanix Mine, providing an open platform for all IT operations within the private cloud natively integrated with Veeam and HYCU.

“This is a big deal. Nutanix is entering the secondary storage market and we’re doing it with an open platform and open strategy approach,” said Greg Smith, vice president of product marketing for Nutanix in an interview with CRN. “It’s all managed from a single console, which means customers no longer have to buy multiple products and go through the planning and integration process simply to backup and recover their critical business data – they can do it from Nutanix.”

Nutanix Mine, unveiled on Wednesday at Nutanix .NEXT Conference in Anaheim, Calif., is a turnkey solution that integrates secondary storage operations with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. The new solution allows customers to manage their hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) environment and backup operations from a single management console while helping to cut down the cost and complexity of standalone systems dedicated to backup and recovering data.

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Craig Manahan, senior practice manager for RoundTower Technologies, a Cincinnati-based Nutanix partner, said the hyper-converged pioneer is building out an innovative platform for data services.

“It’s an easy conversation with the customer when it includes backup operations built into the single management plane,” said Manahan. “Nutanix is really trying to build out a platform for data services so they can plug in whatever the new thing is, whether it’s IoT, object storage, etc. It’s interesting to watch how that hybrid cloud, multi-cloud platform gets built. The more they add, the more it looks like services you can get out of public cloud. It’s a great step for them.”

Nutanix Mine has been natively integrated with industry-leading backup vendors Veeam and HYCU that will become available in the third quarter of 2019. Additionally, Mine will also be integrated with backup vendors Commvault, Veritas and Unitrends in the near future, according to Smith.

RoundTower, ranked No. 74 on CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list, is also partners with Veeam and Commvault. “It is interesting because it will allow us to go-to-market together with Nutanix and those backup vendors to put a cohesive solution in place versus picking one product here and there then making it work even though they’re intended not to work together necessarily. So Nutanix is gluing them together more,” said Manahan.

Nutanix Mine can be deployed in minutes and simplifies the full lifecycle of data backup operations including ongoing management, scaling and troubleshooting. The platform is integrated tightly with Nutanix’s HCI data fabric as well as the company’s centralized management console Prism.

The San Jose, Calif.-based HCI pioneer will be providing both sales and technical training for Mine to Nutanix partners.

“For the first time, channel partners can deliver to data center managers a single pane of glass to manage both primary storage as part of their hyper-converged infrastructure as well as their secondary storage for data backup,” said Smith. “What this means for partners specifically, is they can lead with Nutanix and they can tailor the secondary storage solution for each individual customer and provide the backup solution that is best for their customer’s needs. … This is Nutanix expanding our portfolio of hybrid cloud solutions that we work with our partners on to make our customers successful.”

Nutanix .NEXT Conference is being held from May 7 to May 9.

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