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.NEXT 2017 D.C.: All the News Fit to Print

One of my favorite phrases from .NEXT 2017 came from SAP’s CEO Bill McDermott, who sat down with our own Dheeraj Pandey and the 3850+ attendees of annual Nutanix user conference and shared, “there is no room for small dreams.”

This quote captures the Nutanix sentiment towards our third annual .NEXT conference, held this past week from June 28-30 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington DC. From ground-breaking partnerships, to revolutionary product and solution announcements, to amazing keynote speakers, to well-attended (and well-ranked) conference sessions, there was nothing small about our conference.

And there is nothing small about our customers’ passion for doing the right thing for their IT infrastructure. It should come as no surprise that over 60 Nutanix customers actively participated in and even drove sessions across various tracks. Customers including Arizona State University, Cardinal Innovation Healthcare, Caterpillar, CenturyLink, GA Telesis, Nexen Energy, Schlumberger, Valpak, Wharton/University of Pennsylvania, and many more shared their own stories of deploying Enterprise Clouds and their best practices to follow. We’ve said it in the past and we’ll say it again – our customers are the backbone of .NEXT.

One OS, One Click

The Enterprise Cloud-focused conference theme of ‘One-OS, One-Click’ showed how IT and organizations are benefiting from the concept of One-OS (across multiple clouds) with One-Click simplicity.

Over the course of two and a half days, Nutanix execs and engineering leaders, including Dheeraj Pandey, Julie O’Brien, Sunil Potti, Rajiv Mirani, Aaditya Sood, Raja Mukhopadhyay, and Sudheesh Nair, walked attendees through a rich set of news and announcements. This included the Nutanix and Google Cloud Platform partnership, the Nutanix Calm and Nutanix Xi announcement, and the role of IT in the edge – especially around the Internet of Things or IoT.

You can watch the keynote sessions recordings, including segments with Google’s Diane Greene, SAP’s Bill McDermott, NASDAQ’s Adena Friedman, Azimuth Partner’s Virginia Gambale, Columbia University’s Art Langer and more by clicking the links below:

You can also jump directly to Sunil Potti’s keynote with the key announcements here: https://youtu.be/LqpecFtsYJg.

In his talk, Bill McDermott made an interesting observation that “a leader owes their company an excellent strategy.” For the first time, the conference also featured a dedicated executive track focused on topics relevant to IT and general management—aimed at helping them build the right IT strategy. This included sessions on security, digitalization, IoT, and more from industry luminaries including Steve Hadley, Virginia Gambale, and Dr. John Bates.  The inaugural issue of the .NEXT magazine also captures some of the discussion in articles from the speakers. You can learn more by downloading the digital edition here.

Here is a recap of some of the news and announcements.

On Products, Technologies, Partnerships, and Solutions

The two-headliner product and technology announcements of the conference were Nutanix Calm and Nutanix Xi Cloud Services:

  • Nutanix Calm: Calm provides automation and lifecycle management for multi-tiered and distributed applications on Nutanix and public clouds. Calm will be able to orchestrate the provisioning, scaling, and management of applications across multiple environments with the goal of making IT infrastructure application-centric and even more agile.
  • Nutanix Xi Cloud Services: Xi Cloud Services will provide a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, delivering an integrated cloud environment with a range of cloud services starting with Disaster Recovery that can be instantly provisioned and automatically configured.

Nutanix and Google Cloud also announced a strategic alliance to help organizations combine the power of Nutanix and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for enterprise applications and Internet of Things. Our customers will be able to leverage our joint solution for one-click hybrid cloud operations, Xi Cloud Services on GCP, and Kubernetes.

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Nutanix software is now available on the top x86 server platforms, including Dell EMC, Lenovo, and Cisco UCS; and soon on HPE ProLiant and IBM Power Systems:

  • Lenovo’s Kirk Skaugen spoke about helping customers, including Callaway Golf, put their focus back on applications, and the advantages of their ThinkAgile Integrated Appliances and Systems with Lenovo HX.
  • DellEMC’s Chad Sakac came on stage to reinforce the strength of our relationship and celebrate the success we have had with DellEMC XC customers including Societe Generale and many others.
  • Klas Telecom came on stage showing off their Tactical Datacenter with Nutanix software running on Klas Telecom Voyager.
  • Nutanix also announced the upcoming NX-9030 platform with support for NVMe, 40Gb Ethernet, and RDMA support.
  • IBM also joined Nutanix on stage and in theCUBE to talk about our upcoming support of the IBM Power platform.

In his technical keynote, Nutanix Chief Product Officer Sunil Potti announced several exciting features that are expected to arrive in future Acropolis and Prism software releases. Here is a summary of some of top features that were announced. (Expect to see a more comprehensive blog with additional details in the coming days.)

  • Near Sync Replication
    Near Sync Replication optimization will allow as low as 1-minute RPO configurations without restrictions on latency or distance.
  • Software Data at Rest Encryption
    Will provide the ability for Acropolis Distributed Software Fabric to encrypt all data without the need for specialized and higher-cost SED drives.
  • Prism Pro VM Right Sizing
    Another application of Nutanix X-fit; will be a part of Prism Central Analytics will identify idle or “zombie” VMs that can be removed to reclaim resources, as well as identify oversized or resource-constrained VMs and then provide a “right size” for that VM.
  • Prism Pro Anomaly Detection
    Another feature of Nutanix X-fit; will add a predictive function to provide anomaly-based alerts and alarms, going beyond limit-based alerts.
  • AHV Turbo Mode
    This functionality will remove the bottlenecks seen in standard KVM hypervisors, with performance benefits and the ability to take better advantage of next-generation hardware.
  • Network Automation
    Alluded to at .NEXT Europe in 2016, this will provide the ability to integrate with external network devices, automating VM network configurations.
  • Network Micro-Segmentation
    Also discussed at .NEXT Europe last year, this will add the ability to create granular network security policy (i.e., firewalls) at the VM level.
  • One- and Two-Node ROBO
    For remote/branch offices and edge sites, Nutanix will also support one- and two-node clusters in our upcoming release.

Nutanix also announced several tools at .NEXT:

  • Xtract
    Nutanix launched the now renamed Xtract for Databases in the past and announced Xtract for VMs at the show. Xtract is our family of VM migrations and database transformational products/tools.
  • X-Ray
    Simply put, X-Ray is a tool to help with testing hyperconverged infrastructures. It aligns with real-world application requirements, versus storage-focused benchmarks.

Lastly, earlier in the year Nutanix announced One-Click Cloud integration as a part of the Citrix Workspace Appliance (CWA) leveraging Citrix Cloud Services. This was also featured in the technical keynote as a real-world proof point for Enterprise Clouds with One-OS, One-Click.

On Sessions and Customers

The conference featured over 90 presentations, customer and industry panels, and hands-on sessions covering an assortment of topics across product and technology, applications and workloads, Nutanix fundamentals, IT vision and strategy, NuExperience, executive, and crowd-sourced Unconference tracks.

Over 130 presenters, including Nutanix customers, industry and Nutanix experts, and partners, engaged attendees over the course of the conference; sharing best practices, diving deep into solutions and product/technologies, uncovering industry challenges in Birds of a Feather panels, and connecting in hands-on/usability labs.

We are bringing some of the popular solutions and product/technology sessions to you through our upcoming .NEXT on Tour and XTour events worldwide. Browse through the conference agenda to see if there are specific topics of interest to you and your team. You can reach out to your Nutanix team to get a personalized deeper dive.

SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE

SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE was back at .NEXT with another amazing showcase of interviews of industry thought leaders, Nutanix execs, customers, partners, and more. Click here for the playlist of the interviews where Dave Vallente and Stu Miniman sit one-on-one with Stefanie Chiras, VP of IBM Power Systems; Virginia Gambale, Managing Partner at Azimuth Partners LLC; Stephen Hadley, Principal at RiceHadleyGates LLC; Adam Japhet, Head of Infrastructure at Scholastic Inc.; and more.

Be sure to also check out their weekly Women in Tech spotlight with our CIO, Wendy Pfeiffer at http://siliconangle.tv/weekly-wit-62817-wendy-pfeiffer-nutanix-inc/.

.NEXT Awards

Our conference is also the time where we recognize IT leaders who are transforming their organizations with innovative ideas and technology with the .NEXT awards. The winners were chosen from field and partner nominations by a distinguished panel of judges, including Tim Crawford from AVOA; Ben Woo from Neuralytix Advisors; and Wendy Pfeiffer from Nutanix.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Elevate IT Award [tie]: Stu Davis from State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services; and Karen Zetes from Corporation Services Company
  • Best in Enterprise Cloud Award [team]: Tractor Supply Company
  • Public Sector Transformation Award: City of Plano

On Sponsors and Partners

Nutanix is proud of the rich ecosystem of OEM, distribution and channel, system integrator, and Elevate alliance partners we have built to help drive our customer’s journey to the Enterprise Cloud. These sponsors engaged attendees at our Solution Expo and various other venues with hands-on demos, technical discussions, informative breakout sessions, and much more.

What was most exciting about our sponsor showcase was seeing our vision of the Enterprise Cloud come to life as a ‘platform’ for our customers’ applications and IT services – from enterprise application, to data protection, to VDI to security, to containers, to file/object services, and beyond.

With over 700 attendees from our channel community, .NEXT was also a forum to celebrate our partners’ success. We recognized several of these partners with our 2017 Channel Partner Awards (read the blog for details). Nutanix also recognized our alliance partners in the 2017 Elevate Partners Awards. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog on our Elevate Partners at .NEXT, including award winners across various categories ranging from AHV Innovator (Comtrade) to API Integration (Plexxi) to Content Completeness (Commvault) to Customer Champion (Zerto) to Nutanix Ready (Mellanox).

What’s .NEXT

We at Nutanix are on a mission to help IT and organizations make infrastructure invisible. We want to continue the conversation:

Until NEXT time… so long!

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