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Building Enterprise Clouds with Operating Budgets

Nutanix recently introduced Nutanix Go, a cloud-like consumption model enabling qualified U.S. businesses to rent certain Nutanix NX hyperconverged infrastructure for building on-premises Enterprise Clouds.

The world in which we all live is one that often requires quick decision making. From a business perspective, quick decisions translate into flexibility and agility, such as being able to pivot on project directions, deliverables, or strategy, all of which can help an organization gain competitive advantage.

Three-tier enterprise infrastructure projects, however, are often planned and sized for a three to five year timeframe. If a company has to buy a large storage array, they want to be sure it can handle the IT projects’ requirements for the duration of the lifecycle, including any future years’ growth. The challenge with this approach, is that you don’t want to over- or under-spec the infrastructure and purchase too much or too little, and that the significant portion of the infrastructure is typically purchased at the project outset, resulting in higher project start up costs. Public clouds help here in some scenarios,such as being able to easily spin-up resources for short periods with incremental payments, however, these solutions come with their own set of challenges.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform™ tackles these challenges through the linear scaling of hyperconverged infrastructure; combining compute and storage, a hypervisor layer with scalable management layer offering 1-click simplicity. Deploying only the infrastructure required, but scaling as needed helps businesses maintain control over their deployments and the level of solution investment at various project phases, however solution procurement has remained largely the same.

Fractional IT Consumption for Business Flexibility

Organizations want increased flexibility to deploy on-premises infrastructure for short periods, and without the large up-front capital expenditure. Nutanix Go offers this fractional IT consumption model for the Enterprise Cloud!

Businesses can now build Nutanix Enterprise Clouds, renting infrastructure for terms of six and twelve months, utilizing operating budgets. Longer terms are also available, and when a term ends, customers can choose to either return the infrastructure back to Nutanix, or renew the agreement for a term as short as three months.

  • Short & long-term agreements: six or twelve month agreements provide budgeting flexibility for customers with short-term IT needs; longer-term agreements of two, three and five years also available.
  • Renewals: three, six, twelve and thirty-six months
  • All term-agreements include everything from hardware platform, hypervisor layer, software & management stack, and technical support
  • Choice of hardware, software and support based on term-length
  • Monthly payments

Scenario to Mitigate Business Risk

An organizational initiative results in a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project requiring infrastructure for approximately six months to evaluate viability for the business. Demand for the infrastructure beyond the initial project scope is unclear, so the customer chooses to mitigate business risk by renting infrastructure for six months. In this scenario, the customer might choose to pilot VDI to a proportion of users, across different parts of the business, gaining a greater understanding of the solution applicability, infrastructure capabilities, and sizing required for a full production roll-out.

At the end of the agreement, the business may then decide that the risk has been mitigated, the solution capabilities and sizing are fully understood, and the customer chooses to renew this initial term agreement and any additional infrastructure for a three-year term for the production deployment.

Scenario for Unknown Business Growth

An alternative scenario could involve a customer that already understands their core infrastructure requirements, but just not the expected growth. Let’s say they start with purchasing 80% of their anticipated capacity, but choose to rent 20% on a monthly basis for a twelve month term. If the business growth is as anticipated, the customer might choose to renew for a further two years. If the growth isn’t as hoped, they could simply return to Nutanix that rented 20% capacity at the end of the twelve month term.

Infrastructure Deployments

Short-term agreements have a variety of Nutanix NX models and configurations available, including the more commonly used compute- and storage-heavy models. Long-term agreements have the greatest choice with most models and configurations being available, however, hybrid or all-flash nodes are options regardless of term-length.

All the hardware models, software versions and editions available through the Nutanix Go program are the same as those that customers can purchase, which means purchased and rented nodes can be easily mixed within the same clusters, providing the easiest and most flexible management for the solution.

Furthermore, Nutanix recently updated its Acropolis OS (AOS) to 5.1, enabling customers to mix hybrid and all-flash nodes within the same cluster. It is easy to imagine a scenario where customers want to introduce rented all-flash nodes into a pre-existing, owned, hybrid cluster.

To understand more about Nutanix Go, you can read the press release, datasheet or webpage. Also talk with your Nutanix sales representative about how Nutanix Go can help your business agility.

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