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Nutanix and Microsoft Private Cloud: We continue our journey with Microsoft (Part 2)

Earlier this month, we published Part 1 of our journey with Hyper-V discussing the value we bring to customers deploying Hyper-V. We also discussed details around our differentiated and synergistic implementation. This article continues where we left off and discusses our most recent software release, Nutanix OS 4.0, which shipped last month. Nutanix OS 4.0 is feature rich comprising integrations with the Microsoft ecosystem including Windows, Hyper-V and Azure. Highlights include the following:

  • Native Backup with VMCaliber or VM-centric snapshots

  • Native VMCaliber Thin Replication for DR

  • VSS support for application consistent backups running on Hyper-V

  • Windows PowerShell Toolkit

  • Non-disruptive 1-Click upgrades

  • Prism Central

 

These features are complemented by our Reference Architecture (RA) on Azure pack and Performance tuning on Hyper-V virtual machines. All this in just 6 months after our first Hyper-V release. Nutanix is the only infrastructure vendor releasing capability at such an accelerated pace. Shown below are some of  the Microsoft-related areas where Nutanix is innovating:

Making Web-Scale Waves at VMworld 2014

Nutanix is excited to announce we are a Gold sponsor at VMworld 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Aug 24-28!

This year’s VMworld theme of “No Limits” couldn’t have provided a better stage for us to highlight how Nutanix is bringing the scalable and agile technologies and datacenter architectures used by companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and other leading players to mainstream enterprises across the globe. Web-scale converged infrastructure enables IT organizations of all sizes to run any virtualized workload at any scale.

As Best of VMworld winners in 2011, 2012, and 2013, we are returning in style, with hands-on demos of web-scale technology and a full slate of activities!  And with a slew of Nutanix product, solution, and partnership announcements on tap, this year’s VMworld is already shaping up to be our best yet.  We are also proud to have many of our customers join us at the show to discuss first-hand the benefits they have seen by making the transition to Nutanix technology.

What’s your Web-Scale IQ? Take the Quiz & You Could Win!

So… how much do YOU know about Web-Scale? The Web-Scale IQ Quiz has been getting fantastic traction, so we’ve decided to award the person with the best score from the day we launched the quiz through the end of this week on Friday, July 18th at 10pm PT. What’s the prize, you ask? Bragging rights that you are the top expert on Web-Scale IT, plus we’ll send you your very own Geek Crate (see below)! The rules are simple: Just take the quiz (making sure you provide your email address and Twitter handle so we can reach you if you win)! The contestant with 100% in the shortest reasonable time wins! Note: We will only count your score the first time you take the quiz. :)

Here’s a leaderboard that highlights the current top five contestants:

Current Place Name Score – Time

Nutanix Foundation Demo Video: From Bare-metal to Production in Minutes

The Nutanix Foundation is a tool that allow administrators to completely bootstrap, deploy and configure a bare-metal Nutanix cluster from start-to-end with minimal interaction in matter of minutes. Foundation will request few general parameters about network and in most cases even detect the Nutanix nodes using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS), also known as BonJour.

The tool then will request the ISO for Nutanix NOS (Phoenix) and the ISO for your preferred hypervisor. After clicking ‘Image Nodes’ the administrator only has to drink his/her coffee.

Foundation will automatically configure IPMI, deploy and configure hypervisors, deploy and configure Nutanix Controller VMs and finally create a cluster with selected nodes. The only task left to the administrator is to create a storage pool and add nodes to vCenter or SCVMM, if required. If you didn’t understand yet – we have servers, hypervisors and storage fully configured extremely fast, with few clicks and ready-for-use.

Nutanix and Microsoft Private Cloud: We begin our journey with Hyper-V (Part I)

Over the last few years, Hyper-V has gained great traction with IT organizations serving numerous use cases, geographies and customer segments. According to IDC, Hyper-V has grown to capture nearly 1/3rd of the hypervisor market in the last 5 years as seen in the chart below (source: IDC WW Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker, Dec 2013).

Hyper-V’s market share is expected to grow at a faster rate than the general growth of virtualization, driven by several different factors including the upcoming end of support of Windows Server 2003. According to Microsoft, roughly 15 million instances of Windows Server 2003, most of them physical, will need to be upgraded within 12 months to avoid any lapses in support. 

We are watching this market dynamic unfold as our Hyper-V customer base is rapidly growing. Systems running Hyper-V are in the triple digits just in the first few months following support for the hypervisor. Our healthy and growing pipeline of opportunities around VDI, remote office, business critical applications and private cloud deployments further supports the trend. 

Web-Scale Wednesday Wrap-Up: Watch On-Demand

To everyone who participated in the first Web-scale Wednesday on June 25th and helped make the event an unmitigated success, THANK YOU! Drawing over 1,700 registrants worldwide, this industry event was a big first step in broadening the conversation about web-scale IT and its relevance to the enterprise market.

Speakers and panelists from the press and analyst community and companies across the industry, including Wikibon, The Register, Citrix, Veeam, Twitter, DataStax, Dell, CFEngine and Nutanix, shared a broad range of views on the topic of web-scale IT. Participants – believers, skeptics and the unopinionated – engaged with the speakers and with each other actively over social media throughout the day.

Enterprise adoption of web-scale IT technologies is well underway and unstoppable at this point. Enterprise IT is fighting for relevance in the face of public cloud services, and the old way of doing things is too slow, complex and expensive to cut it.

Implications of the Dell OEM Relationship for Nutanix Channel Partners

In the technology industry, OEM means that a manufacturer purchases a product at a deep discount with carte blanche to package and sell it as desired. Nutanix, consistent with our corporate DNA for breaking the rules, is also changing the OEM game. We announced today an OEM relationship whereby Dell is going to manufacturer appliances built with Nutanix software. But Dell’s pricing is structured in such a way that the company will not have a price advantage over other partners selling Nutanix appliances.

The Dell OEM Agreement

Most younger manufacturers would likely, if approached by Dell, jump through any hoops necessary to  partner with the Austin goliath. And while Nutanix is both excited about this agreement’s potential and impressed with the professionalism and responsiveness of the Dell teams we’ve met, we also are very appreciative of – and loyal to – our existing partners. These are the folks who have quickly made Nutanix an established brand across the globe.

SDS for the Masses: Why Dell Matters

Technology companies are faced with different chasms at various phases of their growth. How deeply secure or insecure they are about crossing those chasms defines their future. How they value ubiquity and distribution separates the niche players from the category creators. I’d take the example of two companies to illustrate the point.

From the annals of Oracle’s history:

A Ubiquitous Oracle

Oracle was faced with a leviathan in IBM. IBM’s account control and megaphone in the ’80s were to die for. Oracle countered IBM by building a piece of software that was incredibly portable, i.e., ubiquitous. The rest is history.

An incredibly portable Oracle

And on the polar opposite end was Sun’s Solaris, a player that could’ve been.

Botched Ubiquity, Owing to Ambivalence

Web-scale IT: “Are we there yet?”

DevOps, Public Cloud, and BYOD Rebellions

Incumbents have started to write blog posts pooh-pooing the undeniable web-scale “rebellion” in the enterprise. The word rebellion reminds me of the talk I gave two years ago at BriForum London: “The Arab Spring of Enterprise IT”. Most revolutions start at the fringes, until they become too big to ignore. Think of the x86 server revolution, which powered by Linux and Windows, annihilated the Unix server industry overnight. Remember iSCSI and NFS movements, and how they stifled block storage and Fiber Channel in the enterprise. The ruling class is invariably in denial of rebellions, until a critical mass of a powerful grassroots movement consumes its very throne.

History serves as a powerful guidepost for me in business building.  Big Data is a case in point. Hadoop — a web-scale technology and a father of this overall web-scale movement — is massive in the enterprise, and is shaking incumbents like Teradata, Oracle, and Netezza at the very core of their business.

The Web-Scale Vision

This week Gartner released their first-ever Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, and Nutanix is proud to be “the furthest to the right for completeness of vision.” Fairly translated, this means that Nutanix has a very compelling vision of how enterprise datacenter infrastructures will evolve over the next five to ten years – distinguishing itself from HP, IBM, VCE and many other industry heavyweights.

First off, what is an “Integrated System?” This new category of datacenter architectures converges storage and compute resources into a unified solution that replaces legacy infrastructure – simplifying IT design, deployment and management. Sound powerful? Well, that may explain why sales of Integrated Systems have exploded from zero in 2009, to $6 billion at the beginning of 2014. (Gartner research)