Nutanix launched two tools — cloud services and a cloud management platform — at its .NEXT 2017 conference in Washington, D.C. Both target enterprises’ workloads deployed across hybrid cloud environments.
It also reminded customers that its enterprise cloud software, now called Enterprise Cloud OS, runs on premise and in the cloud.
Also at the conference, Nutanix announced a new partnership with Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
“Our new partnership with Nutanix allows companies to seamlessly migrate workloads back and forth” between Google Cloud Platform and Nutanix cloud environments, said Diane Greene who heads GCP during her .NEXT keynote. “It will simplify your hybrid experience.”
Xi Cloud Services
Nutanix’s major announcements from the conference focus on its new cloud management platform called Calm and a managed cloud service called Xi. Xi supports Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software stack as a cloud-based service.
The first Xi service will enable Nutanix customers to set-up and manage cloud-based disaster recovery (DR). It will be available by the first quarter of 2018. The service will automatically replicate customers’ applications and data running in the data center and in the cloud.
“If an application goes down, Xi Cloud will maintain the application uptime and preserve continuity,” said Greg Smith, senior director, product and technical marketing at Nutanix. “It makes DR a one-click service for Nutanix’s customers.”
Nutanix will announce additional cloud-based services at a later date.
The cloud management platform is based on technology Nutanix acquired when it bought Calm.io last year. The software defines applications as blueprints, which can then be provisioned, managed, and scaled into different cloud environments.
It also helps enterprises choose the best environment for different workloads. Budgeting facilities allow companies to estimate what it will cost to run an application in different deployments. It also provides an ongoing view into the consumption of cloud resources.
“So I can see exactly the cost I’ve incurred by running an application in any cloud environment,” Smith said.
These tools put Nutanix at the core of enterprises’ hybrid cloud strategy.
“We see customers building a multi-cloud strategy — not just core, but distributed cloud and edge cloud — and the enabling technology to bring that to reality is a single software-based OS that can run across those cloud environments,” Smith said. He added that it should also support the different hypervisors and container technologies as well.
Enterprise Cloud OS
Enter Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS (previously called the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform). Customers can use the software on premise as well as across multicloud environments. It supports Cisco and HPE platforms and will soon also run on IBM servers, per a partnership launched in May.
It also runs in the cloud, on AWS, Azure, and Google.
Cloud OS, combined with Calm and Xi Cloud services “provide a single software OS that runs in a customers’ data center,” Smith said. “Xi Cloud provides a better approach to managing cloud services and Calm provides that same experience across multi-cloud environments.”