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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.

This Web-Scale Wish Will Come True, Thanks to YOU!

The global community has spoken with thousands of votes to determine the Grand Prize recipient of Web-Scale Wish, and we are thrilled to announce that CLASS Ltd., has garnered the most community votes and will receive a Web-Scale Datacenter Makeover in 2015! CLASS, a community developmental disabilities service provider in Kansas that brings services and support to approximately 400 children and adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities, will be able to experience the benefits of predictable scale, unprecedented agility, and lower total cost of ownership that web-scale technologies and architectures deliver! CLASS was among more than 350 nonprofit organizations nominated by members of the community.

Operating on a small budget, CLASS is often forced to keep its servers and equipment in service well past their intended lifecycle. In addition to creating instability, this also results in the organization’s inability to virtualize its servers and take advantage of modern software and technologies available today. Forced to deal with slow network services and downtime, CLASS’s staff is often unable to use network services to their full potential.

Web-Scale Wish Community Voting Is Live TODAY ONLY – Support Your Favorite Non-Profit!

Through the community-driven Web-Scale Wish Datacenter Makeover Project, Nutanix is gifting over $500,000 in web-scale technology to deserving non-profit organizations. Last week, our five community judges determined these three deserving finalists:

  • CLASS LTD
  • Berry Street Victoria
  • The Air Ambulance Service

NOW it’s time for YOU to determine the grand-prize winner!

Two-minute videos by these finalists are now available on webscalewish.com. All you have to do is check out these brief finalist videos and cast your online vote for your favorite cause during this 24-hour voting period — from now thru tonight at 9:00 PM PT. The video with the most votes will determine the Grand Prize recipient!

Want to do a little extra to support your cause? Just click a sharing button under your favorite video to rally your troops on social to remind them to cast their votes, too! And remember to tweet with and follow #webscalewish to join the global conversation!

Simply Secure

Security is not a product but a process“- Bruce Schneier, well renowned cryptographer and security specialist

And that’s what we believe at Nutanix, so let me introduce you to the Nutanix Security Development Lifecycle  (SecDL), which incorporates security into every step of the software development process so that you, whether  belonging to heavy-compliant industry like healthcare, financial services or the federal government, can enjoy the  simplicity of Nutanix Web-Scale technology and yet make your production environment secure!

Our SecDL’s defense in-depth model enables automated testing for security during development as well as threat modeling to assess and mitigate customer risk from code changes. Also, multiple scans are performed during the QA process to harden various components and substantially reduce common vulnerabilities. Above all, the process agility enables incorporation of security without slowing the development.

Another unique aspect is that we have developed our own custom, comprehensive Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) written in eXtensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) to support the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standard. This machine-readable STIG format allows easy consumption by automated assessment tools and eliminates the need for time-consuming testing. Thus, the accreditation process time for the DIACAP/DIARMF transition can be reduced from the typical 9-12 months to around 30 minutes.  

This model also paved the way for the following security enhancements in the Nutanix Operating System (NOS): 

 Data-At-Rest Encryption: Security without Impacting Performance

You can now enable Data-At-rest encryption through FIPS 140-2 compliant, Self Encrypting Drives (SED) in select  configurations across the NX-3000 and NX-6000 appliances.  This feature utilizes open standard protocols like KMIP and TCG.

By deploying an enterprise Key Management solution, from Safenet KeySecure, you can ensure that encrypted data is protected against unauthorized access by streamlining the management of associated keys. The whole set-up is very simple to configure through Prism and requires only few steps/clicks, as highlighted in this 2-minute video:

 

Also, the data is protected from unauthorized access

Announcing the Finalists! Whose Web-Scale Wish Will Come True?

As you know, the goal of the Web-Scale Wish Datacenter Makeover Project is to gift more than $500,000 in web-scale technology to deserving non-profit organizations. Nutanix is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to give back, and we truly appreciate your support and contributions.

The worldwide community submitted hundreds of notable nominations, and our five community judges have contributed their time and expertise to follow an unbiased, calculated process to determine these three finalists:

Congratulations and best of luck to these deserving non-profit organizations! They spend 100% of their time and effort contributing to communities across the globe, and we’re honored to be able to contribute what we do best to help support these amazing causes.

 

About Berry Street:

Web-Scale Wish Cause Spotlight – Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Through the Web-Scale Wish Project, Nutanix will donate up to $500,000 of web-scale products and services to worthy non-profit organizations chosen by you, the community! The goal? To help further the missions of these organizations by backing them with the power of web-scale technology.

The next Web-Scale Wish non-profit participant that we are pleased to spotlight is Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Mission Statement:

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Inc. is committed to caring for children in crisis. Our promise to the community is that we will give every child and family seeking our services our complete dedication and attention. Based on the principles of respect and responsibility, it is our goal to give children a foundation of positive values, which will promote future success and end the cycle of abuse.

Find out more about Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives by:

Get Ready for the NEXT Community Podcast Series!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the weekly NEXT Community Podcast! This 30-min informal and unscripted discussion about web-scale IT covers news, current events, and the industry updates that YOU need to know about.

The podcast features interviews with knowledgeable community members –like you— who are ready to share their personal insights into the inner workings of the datacenter, triumphs and pitfalls, critical considerations, the impact of IT on the business, and the future of the datacenter. Who knows? We may even find out their deepest, darkest secrets. :)

 

The Hosts: Angelo Luciani, Laura Whalen, John Mark Troyer

Chief Correspondent: Dwayne Lessner

Special Guest: Community expert of the week

 

Podcast episodes are released on Tuesdays, and Episode 1 is now available!

 

End of Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003: Why You Should Care & What You Should Do

You are most likely aware that, as of July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2003. If you have one of the estimated 24 million servers running Windows Server 2003, you should be concerned. With no patches or security updates running, the unsupported servers could put your data, and your business, at risk.

Luckily, with this challenge, there is also opportunity. Why not take this event as an opportunity to modernize your datacenter? As you can imagine, there have been a great deal of technology updates and innovations since 2003; Virtualization and Cloud technologies, for example, have evolved significantly in the past 10 years.

Nutanix Named a CDW Partner of the Year

Nutanix is honored to have been named a CDW Partner of the Year last week at CDW’s Partner Summit in Las Vegas.

Nutanix CDW Partner of the Year Award

CDW

CDW, as pretty much everyone in the computer industry knows, is one of the largest channel partners in the business. The Chicago-based firm had $11.7 billion in revenues for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014, and its stock price has doubled since its Initial Public Offering in June 2013.

In addition to its massive sales, CDW is highly respected as a very well-run organization. Few industry manufacturers wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to have their products carried by CDW, though many notable manufacturers have not yet been able to earn a position on CDW’s line card.

 

The Partnership

Web-Scale Wish Cause Spotlight – Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County

Through the Web-Scale Wish Project, Nutanix will donate up to $500,000 of web-scale products and services to worthy non-profit organizations chosen by you, the community! The goal? To help further the missions of these organizations by backing them with the power of web-scale technology.

The next Web-Scale Wish non-profit participant that we are pleased to spotlight is Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County!

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

Statistics:

In a county where 36% of our youth drop out of school before graduation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County provide a safe and supportive environment. Our formula for impact works. 94% of Boys & Girls Club members are passing the California High School exit exam, compared to 70% statewide. With a 30% drop out rate, Fresno County needs the Boys & Girls Clubs. To perform our job to the greatest capacity, we would benefit greatly with the infrastructure datacenter makeover.