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Nutanix SVP: Edge Computing, Not Public Cloud, ‘The Center Of Gravity’

‘We need to make it equally, if not more convenient, for people to create applications on the edge than in the cloud,’ says Satyam Vaghani, SVP and GM of Nutanix’s IoT and AI business in an interview with CRN.

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What is another major technology differentiation for Nutanix that other edge vendors don’t have?

For the edge, you can’t just say, ‘Create this like another data center.’ You just can’t do that. You can’t deploy IT professionals here. We’ve done a lot of innovation on the management side of things and security side of things. Here are two examples. One is we created Prism Central which is literally from one central place, you can manage all these HCI clusters spread across 100 oil rigs. In fact, some of our customers do exactly that. Or you can manage all these HCI clusters spread across 100 retail stores. That’s where the differences become even more pronounced, because the manageability of the edge is a very big problem.

Security is another thing. If you drill down into the Xi IoT technology stack, the Xi Edge appliance that is powering some of these applications -- including the Hardis Group application -- is running on an absolutely lock-down appliance. The appliance is so locked-down that there is no administrator password. In fact, even for administrators, you are not allowed to login. Because the idea is that if you are going to do an honest job at edge computing, you need to treat the enterprise edge just like how we use a Chromecast. There is no SSH [Secure Shell] into a Chromecast, but it still works. So why would you expect anything different on the enterprise edge? That is the level of security we think about. You can’t say, ‘We’re secure because we do passwords. Then we do HTTPS for the password.’ How about not doing password in the first place?

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