Nutanix Expands Into Enterprise, AWS Hybrid Clouds

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Hyper-converged infrastructure solution developer Nutanix this week unveiled a new appliance targeting such enterprise applications and refreshed its operating system with the ability to help its appliances seamlessly integrate with public cloud services.

The new solutions show that Nutanix is now enterprise-ready, said Greg Smith, senior director of product marketing for the San Jose, Calif.-based company.

"We are removing the barriers for enterprise data center managers to deploy hyper-converged infrastructure," Smith told CRN. "This lets them deploy hyper-converged infrastructure for any workloads and gives them the ability to build hybrid clouds using any public could. And we're ensuring customers can leverage their Nutanix investment for the long term."

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Nutanix will be exhibiting the new solutions at next week's VMworld conference, where it will have a large presence after being asked to not attend last February's VMware Partner Exchange.

New from Nutanix is the NX-8150, which Smith said was built specifically for high-end workloads including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL and Oracle RAQ. For example, he said, in one test, Nutanix served 3,500 Exchange mailboxes on one device.

"Nutanix runs all enterprise workloads today," he said. "But running at high scale has challenges because of the demand for compute and storage performance. The NX-8150 has no compromises on compute, capacity and storage I/O."

Compared to Nutanix's current 6000-series appliances, the NX-8150 offers increased storage performance along with the ability to handle a larger number of both spinning hard drives and SSDs, Smith said.

"The 3,500 Exchange mailboxes managed by one unit is six times the capability of our current models," he said.

The NX-8150 also gives customers more flexibility in terms of their CPU, SSD and memory configuration, whereas before they could only vary the amount of spinning drive capacity, he said.

Customers can mix-and-match the NX-8150 with Nutanix's 6000-series in clustered configurations, he said.

The enterprise market is a necessary move for Nutanix, which has already shown its strength in such areas as virtualized desktop infrastructures, said Jeff Eiben, executive vice president of business development at River Port Technology, a Pittsburg-based solution provider and Nutanix partner.

Nutanix has done well in helping find new opportunities versus trying to replace solutions from established vendors such as Hewlett-Packard or Dell, and customers are already making second purchases, Eiben told CRN.

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