Nutanix Ushers in a New Era of AI-Powered Modern App Management with Acquisition of D2iQ Platform

By Thomas Cornely & Tobi Knaup

January 25, 2024 | min

We are delighted to announce that Nutanix has acquired D2iQ’s Kubernetes Platform (DKP), a leading Kubernetes® management platform. This acquisition will enable Nutanix to offer its customers a comprehensive solution for managing cloud native applications across multiple environments. Combining D2iQ’s cutting-edge AI-driven technology with Nutanix’s proven expertise in hybrid and multicloud platforms will create new opportunities for innovation and growth.

The Nutanix Cloud Native team, now with the added expertise of the team behind DKP and DC/OS (Distributed Cloud Operating System), will focus on helping K8s Admins simply deploy, manage and secure CNCF compliant Kubernetes environments on-premises and in public clouds. Customers will continue to get regular DKP updates, giving them access to the latest innovations from the Cloud Native ecosystem and from Nutanix around data and security. DKP will continue to be available as a standalone product supported on a variety of hybrid and multicloud infrastructures.

DKP 2.7 Generally Available

To further this commitment to both existing and future customers, generally available today are the newest updates to its award-winning multi-cluster Kubernetes platform: D2iQ Kubernetes Platform 2.7. DKP 2.7 features automated AI management and troubleshooting enhancements, as well as multi-tenancy advances that give Kubernetes teams and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) global visibility and heightened operational efficiency while enabling DevOps teams to seamlessly view and manage clusters.

DKP 2.7 embodies the Nutanix vision of providing ease of management through state-of-the-art automation within a feature-complete, production-ready, intelligent infrastructure that unleashes innovation. Adding DKP to the Nutanix product family means that Nutanix will be more well-equipped than ever to deliver on the mission of delighting customers with an open, hybrid multi-cloud platform with rich data services to run modern applications and their data, anywhere.

DKP 2.7 is supported on the Nutanix AHV hypervisor while we work on deeper opportunities for integration between DKP and the broader Nutanix Cloud Platform ecosystem of products.

Automated Troubleshooting Reduces Labor and Costs

In DKP 2.7, DKP Insights becomes a full-fledged automated troubleshooting assistant. DKP Insights is like having a Kubernetes expert by your side to identify, correct, and even prevent problems. Insights is leveraging a broad spectrum of open-source components and proprietary algorithms. It scans for vulnerabilities and detects performance and availability issues like out-of-memory errors, disk-full errors, crashlooping pods, certificate expiration, deprecated APIs, and outdated components. Early warning alerts enable admins to address issues before they may become critical and to help prevent downtime.  

Customizable Multi-Tenancy and VMware Cloud Director Support Helps MSPs

DKP 2.7 enhances provisioning and management capabilities by providing customizable and more comprehensive multi-tenancy features that simplify the management of multiple customer environments while ensuring isolation, control, and ease of use. This will be a great feature for MSPs, many of whom use DKP to give the power of Kubernetes to their own customers.

The new multi-tenancy capabilities are complemented by DKP 2.7's integration with VMware Cloud Director from VMware by Broadcom. This integration simplifies the deployment process for MSPs, enabling their customers to easily deploy DKP on Cloud Director-based infrastructure.

AI Navigator Pioneers Precise Kubernetes Assistance

As part of Nutanix’s continuous effort to improve Kubernetes management through intelligent infrastructure, the DKP AI Navigator chatbot has been given the ability to deliver tailored cluster-specific responses. Recognizing that each Kubernetes environment has its nuances and unique configurations, DKP AI Navigator has been enhanced to understand and give advice on each customer's specific environment. This enhancement facilitates more productive engagement, reduces time spent on troubleshooting, and helps customers receive precise, relevant information tailored to their distinct Kubernetes deployments.

DKP Dashboard

More Operating System Support

DKP 2.7 also enables the latest LTS version of Flatcar OS to be deployed in vSphere and AWS infrastructures. Flatcar is an open-source immutable Linux distribution designed for containers. Its immutable nature helps reduce the attack surface, making it more resilient to security threats. Flatcar's security advantages make it a strong choice for security-conscious organizations. 

DKP 2.7 also updates its support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, adding RHEL 8.8 to the ever-growing list of supported operating systems.

DKP 2.7 is generally available for existing customers. To learn more, visit Nutanix D2IQ and stay tuned for more information at Nutanix .NEXT.

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