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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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Can you describe the innovation around Xi IoT?

Xi IoT is an edge computing stack. It has three specific things from a product point of view. We have an edge computing stack which consists of a rich set of PaaS services concept that you can [have] on the edge. You can [have it] on a device as small as an Intel Atom-based box -- very small boxes, power efficient boxes -- all the way to Xeon-class boxes like a Xeon D processor or a core Xeon processor. It’s an edge computing stack with a wide variety of hardware. It can be a bare-metal install at the edge or a virtual machine that runs alongside other point of sale systems or ERP systems on the edge.

The second part is this planet-scale management console that is offered as a service. The idea is you get into that service to manage all these edges, which are physically dispersed all around the planet, where there’s one point of interface. So both operators and developers can login and do their stuff. The operators can lifecycle manage the edge and all the applications that are running across all those edges. Developers can inventory their applications and can build new applications using all the platform services we provide.

The third part is we think no IoT solution is an edge-only solution. IoT data tends to move between the edge and the cloud. That use to be the developers problem. Instead, now we provide this concept called a Data Pipeline which stretches all the way from the edge into the customer choice of a cloud. It could be one of the three big public cloud providers, or it could be a Nutanix-based cloud or a VMware-based private cloud. So that Data Pipeline abstracts away the whole concept of, ‘How do you move data between the edge and the cloud, and how do you make secure?’

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