Navigating hybrid multi-cloud is a cumbersome process that many companies have taken a shot at streamlining in the past, but only a few have met success at scale. One of them is Nutanix. Named a leader in Garnet MQ for 5 years in a row, Nutanix has been in the forefront for their cloud solutions some time now. Recently, we had the opportunity of speaking with Monica Kumar, SVP Marketing Nutanix about Nutanix’s changing strategy and some of the new announcements coming out of the company in 2022.
Living in Multi-Cloud is Fraught with Challenges
These days businesses are gravitating toward multi-cloud at a steady pace. As part of their infrastructure to meet their burgeoning needs, a growing number of businesses now use multiple cloud platforms whether it’s public or private or a little bit of both. While this albeit presents a plethora of choices unavailable with a single cloud provider, it also introduces surprises and complexities which those on multi-cloud would already know, and this is not just a friction at the start which resolves as the journey continues. It gets harder and harder to navigate multiple cloud environments without technologies and strategies to tackle the challenges.
On the cloud, customers want their database, applications, workloads and desktops to be fully mobile and accessible at all times. That requires a unified platform through which management and orchestration of all assets is simple, effective and low-cost.
Nutanix’s Journey through the Years
Nutanix is a software subscription company that brings to life VDI use cases, databases, enterprise applications and cloud native, analytical and desktop workloads. Originally dedicated to making infrastructures simple and free of complications, Nutanix is at a turning point at this time. Led by their new CEO, Rajiv Ramaswami who joined a year back, Nutanix is headed towards straightening out cloud complexity which is common with multi-cloud. Over the past years, Nutanix has dedicated itself to freeing the hybrid cloud space from complexity, rigidity and silos.
First publicly debuted with a Tech Field Day presentation, Nutanix has had an interesting journey since then. It has evolved through the years from when it was just a single solution company. Today, it has new technologies under its hood, multiple acquisitions and a diverse portfolio which features database service, cloud management, unified storage and more. But Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is at the core of everything, and this is one of the solutions that Nutanix is best known for. Nutanix HCI is a distributed infrastructure platform which combines servers and storage with a software layer to create a modern, more flexible and cost-effective platform that makes for a modernized replacement for legacy infrastructure.
Nutanix: Seamlessly Connecting On-Prem and Multi-Cloud Based on Individual Infrastructure Needs
At this point, Nutanix is focused on building a comprehensive set of solutions surrounding HCI. Among the available solutions are unified storage, security, cloud management and database and desktop solutions.
Distancing itself from its software roots, Nutanix now markets itself as a cloud solutions company with its eyes set on 5 specific areas namely, hybrid cloud infrastructure, management, unified storage, database and desktop solutions. In the coming days, Nutanix will work towards becoming a chiefly hybrid multi-cloud platform which users can access from any location, with any device and at any scale.
A few announcements coming out of Nutanix in recent times further establishes this. In 2021, Nutanix announced its AWS solution which enables customers to run their VDI environments and enterprise application on Nutanix and connect to cloud native services inside the AWS ecosystem. Nutanix is also working with Azure, in that it already has Nutanix Private Cloud which is Azure-supported. In addition to that, Nutanix is also partnered with the likes of Wipro, HCL and Capgemini for projects like enabling customers to use their solutions in hosted provider environments and help its partners build solutions based on Nutanix hybrid multi-cloud platform.
One of Nutanix’s chief projects right now is its partnership with RedHat and Citrix with whom they are trying to build an ecosystem around their platform while enabling cloud-native apps and solutions to be run on-premises and in hybrid multi-cloud environments. With these two companies, Nutanix is set to deliver elastic and on-demand access to data, desktop and applications to users on its HC Infrastructure.
Deploying, running and managing apps and workloads in data centers can sometimes be a protracted and expensive process, a realization businesses are coming to with the increased use of hybrid multi-cloud services. With HCI as its foundation and its set of adjacent solutions, Nutanix is making headway towards simplifying hybrid multi-cloud computing with managed solutions and introducing portability across on-prem and multi-cloud. That makes Nutanix’s solutions productive additions to facilitate low-cost computing in hybrid multi-cloud.
Thanks again to Monica Kumar from Nutanix for speaking with us. To check out their complete portfolio, visit Nutanix at Nutanix.com. View their past presentations from Tech Field Day events to know more about their products.