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Nutanix NEXT Podcast Series Update: IaaS, Certifications, Big Data, and More

How quickly times flies! We launched the Nutanix NEXT community podcast series in December, and our weekly following continues to increase thanks to you, the community! We have covered a broad range of topics from Education and Certification with Mark Brunstad to building an Infrastructure as a Service platform with Joep Piscaer.

In our latest episode, we speak with Eric Wright regarding the online community competition called Virtual Design Master. This was a unique episode for me because I am also one of the co-creators of the Virtual Design Master, and I was excited to share the story alongside Eric.

Some background on the Virtual Design Master Competition, it’s an online IT design competition. Think of “The Apprentice” meets a VCDX defense. Each season, there are twelve participants who are given a challenge each week to complete. They submit their designs to a panel of judges who evaluate them. Each participant has a minute or two to defend their plan in front of the group of judges, and share why they made certain decisions with respect to the design. The competitor with the weakest design does not move on in the competition.

Nutanix Gears up for PEX to Show Partners How to Win with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

With the converged marketing growing and technology professionals looking at their datacenters in a new way, 2015 promises to be a fantastic time to be selling to IT. Add to that one of the biggest industry shows and there is no wonder why there is an incredible excitement in the air. We are less than a week away from VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015 in San Francisco, and we are putting the final touches on our plans.

This year, we are offering all kinds of fun ways to show you how to WIN with Nutanix:

  • Visit us at booth #218 – See our latest offerings, talk to our experts, and enter to win an Xbox One!
  • Meet onsite with our sales and technical leaders. Email Dimitra Phillos to schedule a time.

Announcing General Availability of Nutanix Operating System 4.1

The latest release of the Nutanix Operating System, NOS 4.1, is available today. This release offers rich enterprise capabilities to meet the needs of the most demanding applications and critical infrastructure requirements in the datacenter.

We’ve written about the new capabilities in previous blogs. Here’s a summary of what’s new in this release.

  • Metro Availability: Nutanix Metro Availability provides continuous data availability for business-critical applications during planned maintenance or unplanned disasters that affect entire sites. Nutanix is the only hyper-converged infrastructure vendor to deliver continuous data protection across multiple datacenters. You can read more about Metro Availability here and here.
  • Cloud Connect: Nutanix Cloud Connect seamlessly integrates public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Nutanix-powered private cloud environments. It allows Nutanix customers to combine private and public cloud technology into their long-term infrastructure strategy without requiring third-party software or hard to maintain plug-ins. Read more about Cloud Connect here and here.

Joseph Chamberlain College Dramatically Improves End User Experience and Infrastructure Agility with Nutanix

This is a guest blog by Nutanix customer, Purdip Bahra, IT Manager at Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham, UK

It’s more than 12 months since we at JCC took the decision to break the mould around deploying traditional data centre equipment to support the College’s user base, and to move into the brave new world of hyperconverged systems.  At the time it was not an easy decision to make, given the technology’s relatively new appearance in the UK education market, and I have to say our channel partner, Misco, were instrumental in helping us with the decision – not only from a commercial standpoint, but through their capability of understanding our challenges and providing insightful equipment demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ time to evaluate a number of different manufacturers’ solutions. And so, armed with some limited practical experience of the technology and its capabilities, we took our first steps into this market with Nutanix. And what a revelation the last 12 months has turned out to be.

Nutanix Secures Commanding 52% Share of Hyperconverged Market

Over the last few years, the IT infrastructure market has been on a path of rapid evolution and consolidation, and 2014 was a huge year for storage and hyperconverged systems. While traditional storage revenues from large legacy players like NetApp and EMC stagnated, hyperconverged systems were the shining beacon of growth. Now, according to research firm IDC, we can point to a clear winner in the category. Spoiler alert: that winner is Nutanix.

In a year that brought two major funding rounds (for a combined $246m, bringing to the company’s total funding to date to $317m) to aggressively expand the Nutanix technology, an OEM agreement with Dell to bring Nutanix to new and larger accounts and major growth internationally, we’re proud to say that Nutanix is a leader in hyperconverged with a staggering 52% share of the market.

The Nutanix Plugin for Citrix XenDesktop

Over the years I’ve spend a lot of time together with clients on how to implement their desktop strategy. It often starts with questions, such as what are the characteristics of the organization? How do people work, and what are their requirements? How is their application landscape shaped, and is there a clear strategy in place for applications and data? These questions (and many more to be honest) will determine your desktop strategy. Will it be a mixture of physical and virtual desktops? Or is a 100% virtual desktop strategy the way to go, and if so should it be server-based computing (SBC) or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), or both?

If we determine it should be 100% virtual, the next question that pops up is: “Should it be persistent or non-persistent?” While this can be an ongoing (almost religious) discussion that we’re not going to be able to address in a single blog post, I will say that persistent VDI is a popular choice, based on the fact that it is easier to implement because it’s similar to implementing and maintaining a more traditional physical desktop infrastructure.

Nutanix at Citrix Summit 2015 – Join Us and Plug into the Easiest Way to Sell Desktop Virtualization!

Nutanix is excited to be a Gold sponsor at Citrix Summit 2015, and the excitement continues to build. This is going to be a great event, so if you are attending Summit this week, make sure to join us!

There are some exciting announcements this week about how Nutanix better integrates with Citrix, and we have multiple ways to connect with you in person at the event:

  • Visit us at booth #302 to learn how you can go from unpredictable to predictable IT projects, evolve to web-scale IT for VDI, and enter to win an Xbox One!
  • Join us for cocktails and an interactive discussion on how to Deliver 100% Successful VDI with Nutanix and Citrix,” featuring renowned Citrix and Nutanix expert, Kees Baggerman and a distinguished panel. Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Register Now!
  • Schedule time to meet onsite with our sales and technical leaders by emailing Joan Morales at jmorales@nutanix.com

New Taneja Group TCO study reveals Nutanix Hyper-Converged infrastructure provides 55% lower OPEX

With the recent news around EMC acquiring VCE, we’ve found ourselves on the receiving end of a great deal of questions from industry experts, press and media and end-users, who want to know more about the difference in the technology from Nutanix and VCE.

The Taneja Group, an industry analyst firm, recently conducted a field report customers about the real world performance of converged vs. Web-scale converged infrastructure solutions.

Converged and hyperconverged systems seek to simplify this complexity. Both types integrate the hypervisor, physical servers, network, and storage into a single simplified infrastructure. The hoped-for results are lower infrastructure cost, faster business computing and lower overhead for IT administrators.

Taneja interviewed a random sample of customers of each vendor and here are some of their conclusions:

Acquisition Costs

  • VCE’s Vblock costs are higher for purchasing rack(s) of equipment. Installation and training comes as extra costs.

The 2014 Nutanix Technology Champions (NTC)

I am honored to report that we received over 80 detailed Nutanix Technology Professionals (NTC) Program applications. Our selection committee has completed a rigorous, calculated process to determine the 2014 membership awardees worldwide, and the following criteria was considered:

  • In-depth knowledge about web-scale technologies including Nutanix, VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Dell, etc.
  • Related industry awards and technical certifications
  • Nutanix and web-scale community contributions via blogs, articles, books, sessions, webinars, social media, Next Community contributions, and other forum posts
  • Nutanix and web-scale education and support in the field
  • Industry user group and community event leadership
  • Any other resources or activities that benefit the community and contribute to the evolution of web-scale IT
  • Professional references and recommendations provided

Note: Selection criteria did not include region.


The Review Process

Nutanix – The First Five Years and Beyond

Nutanix was founded in 2009 on the vision of bringing the benefits of web-scale IT to the masses. Over the last five years, we have made significant progress in our journey, thanks to our incredible ecosystem of believers – the community of employees, customers, partners, investors, analysts, and technology advocates, who have been core to our success, every step of the way.

We are disrupting one of the largest segments of enterprise IT, with an addressable market exceeding $50 billion. Since initial product availability in late 2011, we have achieved unprecedented traction and momentum, growing our customer base to more than 1,000 customers and expanding our presence to over 60 countries, with a team of 800+ employees worldwide.

This insightful video showcases Nutanix’s five-year history, and provides a glimpse into the exciting opportunities on the road ahead. Our journey has only just begun.

Saurabh Srinivasan
Marketing Strategy and Business Operations
Nutanix, Inc.