Wednesday, 09 September 2020 02:00

Nutanix updates HCI software, adds platform services and more

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Cloud computing vendor Nutanix has used its .Next 2020 virtual conference to make multiple announcements.

Improvements to Nutanix's hyperconverged infrastructure software will provide up to 50% faster performance for I/O intensive workloads thanks to support for NVMe SSDs and Intel Optane SSDs; a new Flow Security Central management plane for compliance monitoring, network visibility, and security operations; multiple features to help strengthen customers' zero-trust security initiatives; new virtual networking capabilities in Nutanix Flow to simplify the creation, isolation and management of software-defined networks; and improvements to the Prism infrastructure operations management software including the ability to monitor non-Nutanix environments.

Karbon Platform Services is a Kubernetes-based PaaS with automated security to ease the deployment of microservices-based applications.

“IT resources are the engines that power digital enterprises. But as a company scales, adopts hybrid cloud, and manages an increasing number of applications, supporting engineering needs can be challenging for IT,” said Nutanix CTO Rajiv Mirani.

“With Karbon Platform Services, we aim to simplify application development and orchestration while streamlining the relationship between IT and development teams to support our customers’ DevOps strategies.”

A new collaboration with Microsoft will see the availability of Nutanix clusters on Azure. Users will be able to deploy and manage Azure instances from Nutanix's Arc management interface, and run workloads across private and public clouds without needing to rearchitect applications.

The two companies will work to make this a smooth process on the commercial side: it will be possible to apply existing Azure credits to the purchase of Nutanix software, to move existing Nutanix licences to Nutanix Clusters on Azure, and to buy on-demand consumption-based Nutanix licences through the Azure Marketplace.

These facilities are currently in preview with selected customers. No indication was given of when they will become generally available.

Elevate is Nutanix's new channel partner program that encompasses VARs, VADs, service providers, telcos, hyperscalers, ISVs, systems integrators, services delivery companies, and software, hardware, and platform vendors.

“Our vision has always been about simplicity, from the technology we innovate to the way we do business, and Elevate will deliver that vision to the entire partner ecosystem – enabling them to leverage market shifts toward subscription-based, multi-product, multicloud delivery of IT for their customers,” said Nutanix senior vice president of worldwide channels Christian Alvarez.

“Our new Elevate partner program significantly deepens our commitment to all partner types around the world, and the enhancements we are rolling out today are just the beginning of many more exciting updates to come so we can partner even more effectively.”

The first stage of the new program will deliver benefits to the channel community, with expansion to other partner organisations in the coming year.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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