Top Three Themes from Gartner Data Center Conference

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Earlier this month, Nutanix met with a number of IT professionals at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. The team had a full calendar at the show including a session with Nutanix customer LabCorp, numerous one-on-one briefings, and a packed booth schedule on the show floor. Whether the discussions occurred in one-on-one sessions or at our booth during a demo of our Prism management console, there were a few common threads across the discussions.

  1. Datacenter consolidation is still a hot topic. A decade ago, consolidation was being driven by the need to reduce infrastructure footprint in datacenters due to rising costs. What’s driving it in this era? The typical operational issues still apply – older systems coming up for refresh; acquisitions and mergers presenting opportunities for streamlining; better analytics driving more predictable provisioning needs. But, more commonly cited were the business drivers – making IT more agile, enabling IT to get closer to the business, and thereby accelerating delivery of customer value. As noted in the show keynote, IT needs to move beyond being business aligned to being business embedded. 
  2. How best to leverage the cloud is still a big question. There is no single formula for determining how much of your infrastructure to move to the cloud and when. Everyone has their own unique challenges that have to be taken into consideration when considering the options. Analysts at Gartner predict that many companies will combine on-premises datacenters with public clouds and edge locations for a multi-cloud strategy, and the “race to the mix” is what IT is facing in their strategic planning. The good news is that there is more flexibility in the choices available to IT organizations now. Whether they are going down the private cloud path, leveraging the public cloud, or wanting to take advantage of a hybrid cloud or multi-clouds, IT can customize their final solution to meet those unique challenges. 
  3. Disaster Recovery is a bigger initiative than ever. One of the most common use cases we heard in the context of cloud strategies was for disaster recovery (DR). Many attendees we spoke to are considering moving away from secondary sites dedicated to DR and leveraging the cloud for their DR needs, circling back to the data center consolidation theme. The idea of having someone else be liable for SLAs and RPOs is attractive to many organizations, but they struggle with the control and security issues that can arise. How best to leverage the cloud for DR was a question Nutanix heard from just about everyone in the briefing sessions. Nutanix Xi Cloud Services, scheduled to come out in calendar year 2018, which was discussed at our .NEXT Conferences in Washington, D.C. and Nice, France earlier saw strong interest from attendees.

It was energizing to be able to talk to all of the attendees about how Nutanix can help them address their challenges, and even more exciting to hear the positive interest from them as they absorbed what our technology can do for them. We’re looking forward to seeing some of these attendees at our .NEXT conference next year, hopefully as customers!

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