Nutanix Introduces Multi-Cloud Capabilities, Extends Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Across The Data Center To Cloud

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Nutanix has added multi-cloud capabilities to its hyper-converged infrastructure software stack, including a single software fabric that works across on-premises appliances, from multiple vendors, and across multiple clouds as well. 

The new capabilities, introduced as the first of several new cloud services, were unveiled at the Nutanix .NEXT conference held this week in Washington, D.C.

Nutanix also unveiled a strategic relationship with Google that will allow certain Nutanix-based hyper-converged infrastructure services to run natively on the Google Public Cloud.

[Related: Nutanix Brings Its HCI Software To HPE Servers, Adds New Appliance Rental Option]

Nutanix is looking at how to help partners and customers build coherent hybrid clouds, something that has proven difficult with more traditional on-premises infrastructures, said Greg Smith, senior director of product marketing at San Jose, Calif.-based Nutanix.

"And we are looking beyond hybrid clouds to remote offices, even at remote locations like military installations, oil-gas fields, and so on," Smith told CRN. "It's what we're calling the 'edge cloud.'"

To make that happen, Nutanix unveiled Nutanix Xi Cloud Services, which extends data center services to the cloud via the company's Prism centralized data center infrastructure management software.

The focus of Nutanix Xi Cloud Services is to take out the complexity of extending on-premises services to the cloud, Smith said. "Today, customers need a complex, expensive lift and shift to get to the cloud," he said. "We're eliminating that need by providing a common experience across on-prem and cloud environments."

The first Nutanix Xi Cloud Service, which is expected to be available early next year, is Xi Cloud Disaster Recovery. "Customers will be able to set up, manage, and test complete disaster recovery services in minutes," Smith said. "This can all be done without a separate disaster recovery site or a third-party cloud."

The Nutanix Xi Cloud Service takes advantage Nutanix's own cloud which is based in several colocation centers to provide customers with the ability to offer a variety of cloud services related to the company's hyper-converged infrastructure, he said.

With the new strategic relationship with Google, those services can also be run natively in the Google Public Cloud.

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