Nutanix extends customer choices with new hardware options
Nutanix is making its Enterprise Cloud Platform software available via a term-based licence for use on Hewlett Packard Enterprises ProLiant rackmount servers and Cisco UCS B-series blade servers, adding to previously announced support for the Cisco UCS C-series platform.
Nutanix said it is responding to growing demand among large enterprises and service providers for a more flexible way to use its software, while creating new opportunities for its channel and system-integrator partners.
The new hardware options will broaden the deployment potential of Nutanix beyond newly purchased appliances from the company or its global OEM partners, Dell and Lenovo, to the millions of HPE ProLiant and Cisco UCS servers already in use inside corporate and cloud data centres.
The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform will soon be available as both an integrated Nutanix- or OEM-branded appliance and installed as software on qualified third-party x86 platforms from companies that Nutanix considers to be four of the largest enterprise-server vendors. These firms hold a collective 52-per-cent share of the global server market based on shipment units and sold more than 5 million servers in 2016.
Enterprise-cloud builders need flexibility and choice in hardware platforms to maintain a consistent and agile operating environment, Nutanix says.
“Customers will enjoy the option of deploying newly licensed Nutanix software-only entitlements on qualified HPE or Cisco servers while also retaining the option to transfer their software-only entitlements to another qualified third-party platform, including additional x86 servers anticipated to be validated at a later date,” it said. “This flexibility mitigates the risk of hardware commoditisation while maximising the value of their Nutanix software-only licenses.
“Beyond hardware options, cloud builders also need the ability to mix consumption models when building and scaling their cloud environments. To this end, Nutanix also announced a new programme named Nutanix Go, which can deliver enterprise-cloud infrastructure using operating budgets and allow for flexible scaling up or down of infrastructure. This programme will align the purchasing experience of public clouds, allowing customers to break free of long-term capital budget commitments.”
With more than 5,300 customers in more than 100 countries, Nutanix aims to provide the most choices of both hardware and consumption models for building enterprise clouds.
“Data-centre teams can define the right hardware and procurement model for the business and still get the same consumer-grade operational experience across their entire infrastructure,” it says. “This data-centre-wide OS is the culmination of eight years of advanced development to build a hardware-independent, web-scale software architecture that is API-driven and supports virtually all workloads, including virtualised, container-based and bare metal.”