Nutanix kicked off its annual .Next conference today with new multi-cloud capabilities and availability zones. It also announced a product that integrates secondary storage with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, providing a single platform for both primary and secondary storage operations.
The new product is called Mine, and it provides native integration with backup vendors Veeam, HYCU, Commvault, Veritas, and Unitrends. It allows customers to manage their hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) environment and backup operations from a single management console.
“Mine extends our popular HCI software, integrating secondary storage to deliver data backup services to all business applications, and it is also integrated into our Prism management console,” said Greg Smith, VP of product and technical marketing at Nutanix. “It addresses a sever customer pain point that is the cost and complexity to manage separate secondary storage systems.”
It’s worth noting that secondary-storage startup Cohesity — which was started by Nutanix co-founder Mohit Aron and today announced new capabilities for its data management platform — isn’t on the list of vendors partnering with Nutanix on Mine.
When asked about Cohesity, Nuanix’s Greg Smith, VP of product and technical marketing, said while initial partners include the five storage vendors mentioned above, “we are building this as an open platform.”
Nutanix expects Mine with Veeam and Mine with HYCU to be available in the second half of 2019. It says Mine with Commvault, Veritas, and Unitrends will be available in a future release.
Xi Cloud Services Updates
Also today at .Next, Nutanix boosted its Xi cloud services with new multi-cloud features and availability zones.
First, it extended its Xi Frame desktop-as-a-service from the public cloud to the private cloud. Nutanix bought Mainframe2 (Frame), a cloud-based desktop virtualization and application delivery company, for $165 million last year. The technology enabled Nutanix customers to access applications and virtual desktops from public clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure using any browser and any device.
Today’s Xi Frame update extends desktop delivery to private clouds using Nutanix’s AHV hypervisor, integrating virtual desktop infrastructure services with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform. This service is available now.
Additionally, Nutanix added new availability zones to its cloud-based disaster recovery service, Xi Leap. It was already available in U.S. West, U.S. East, and the U.K. In the coming months, Nutanix said it will add Xi Leap availability zones in Italy, through Nutanix’s partnership with Sparkle, the international services arm of Telecom Italia Group, as well as in Japan and Germany.
Xi Leap now also provides disaster recovery services for enterprise workloads running on Nutanix private clouds using VMware’s ESXi hypervisor.
“Nutanix is all in for multi-cloud architectures,” Smith said. “We are all in to support our customers building and operating multiple clouds.”