Choose Nutanix for a Simple, Consistent Cloud Operating Model

by Marc Trouard-Riolle and Harsha Kotikela

July 25, 2023 | min

The cloud is critical to modern enterprise success 

Digital innovation is key to today’s most successful enterprises—and the public cloud plays a major role in virtually every modern organization’s transformation journey. The cloud enables organizations to reduce IT management burdens, increase business agility, accelerate growth, use emerging technologies to develop new revenue opportunities, enhance customer experiences, and much more. It gives organizations new ways to quickly deliver services and provides a reliable resource for the latest business continuity and disaster recovery strategies. 

Customers increasingly expect to use a variety of channels to interact with enterprises, research products, get technical assistance, and build relationships with brands. They want continual innovation and fast access to new, improved services. The cloud can deliver that range of interactions and the agility businesses need to stay ahead of the competition. 

For some enterprises, however, there’s a catch. While a cloud presence is practically an imperative for any organization that wants to thrive, there are many paths to getting applications and data there, and some are much more complicated than others. 

But the path to cloud can be challenging

When moving workloads to the cloud, organizations are faced with options on how to get there. Whether you want to modernize a traditional three-tier datacenter environment with hybrid infrastructure, use the cloud to quickly and easily extend capacity from your datacenter, explore various business continuity and disaster recovery storage options, or have the flexibility to find the optimal placement for each application and workload—there are numerous aspects to consider. 

Multiple clouds come with increased complexity

The cloud operating model you choose will largely determine how seamless and simple your move to the cloud becomes. One of the biggest cloud challenges enterprises face is the need for different cloud services from multiple providers. Each cloud provider offers differing capabilities and services, and their platforms and APIs aren’t compatible with each other. That means you need to manage each cloud silo separately, which requires a variety of skills, toolsets and processes—and that gets really complicated, really fast. Some cloud platforms are managed services, which means that the provider manages varying degrees of the infrastructure layer for you. That can lead to several different teams managing different pieces of your ecosystem, which creates inconsistency and (again) leads to further complexity. 

But with multiple, separate cloud platforms, it’s tough to get a clear view of resource usage and costs across the entire ecosystem. 

When moving applications across multiple cloud platforms, you’re also faced with the need to refactor or rearchitect applications to run correctly with the expected performance and resilience across each different provider. That is a monumental task that is extremely time-consuming and expensive. 

Going all-in with one provider isn’t the answer

Deciding to simply choose a single cloud provider to avoid the compatibility and management complexities of multiple clouds avoids one problem but leads directly to another. Now you’re locked in with this one vendor, which can affect IT agility, purchasing flexibility, and ultimately, your overall business success. 

Enabling true hybrid multicloud requires a more innovative model 

To ease your path to the cloud without spending excess time, money, and IT hassle, you need a cloud operating model that can seamlessly span your entire ecosystem—from the edge to on-premises datacenters to multiple public clouds—while still providing the agility and flexibility to optimize workload placements and achieve the best ROI. This hybrid multicloud operating model can simplify any type of cloud deployment, whether a greenfield project or migration of applications and data. 

It's the model that will get your organization to where it needs to go in the cloud, simply and efficiently. And Nutanix makes it possible. 

Make your cloud journey easier and more efficient with Nutanix

The Nutanix Cloud Platform™(NCP) solution offers powerful hybrid cloud infrastructure and management capabilities that allow you to run organizational applications and data workloads anywhere. By running the Nutanix Cloud Clusters™ (NC2) infrastructure on AWS or Microsoft Azure, your applications can get the performance and resilience in the cloud that they may have in your on-premises datacenter.


Nutanix enables true hybrid multicloud and delivers the following differentiating benefits. 

A single, consistent platform across all environments

Whether you deploy applications or data on one public cloud platform, across varying cloud deployment models or several, you don’t have to worry about managing them all separately—or having different managed services teams responsible for a piece here or there. 

Nutanix removes the complexity from deploying and managing cloud deployments, with a single management plane across all on-premises and private, edge and public cloud environments. That means consistent tooling and operational practices and clear visibility into resource usage and costs at a single glance. Visibility also simplifies management and allows you to plan IT spend more effectively. 

Increased agility and flexibility to move in and out of the cloud 

The Nutanix Cloud Platform enables IT teams to easily and efficiently rehost applications and data from on-premises datacenters to a public cloud infrastructure, also known as lift and shift. There’s no need to spend months or years refactoring or rearchitecting applications for each different cloud. You can run applications in the cloud just as you do on-premises, with the same skills, toolsets, and processes—and with the same consistent performance and resilience your applications require. 

Depending on your needs, there might be the future need to move applications out of the cloud back on-premises or even to another cloud platform. Nutanix keeps your organization agile and flexible while helping to maintain cost efficiency. One example is our license portability, which provides the ultimate flexibility to move Nutanix licenses from one supported deployment model to another allowing you to run your workloads where you need to. If your needs evolve and you need to change cloud environments, your Nutanix licenses can efficiently move to support this change. 

A robust ROI for a better bottom line

Cloud efficiencies can vary wildly from vendor to vendor based on the workloads being migrated. Enterprise applications are typically not an exact fit for public cloud instance sizes. Public cloud instances are offered in a variety of sizes, each with its own quantity of CPU, RAM, storage and networking throughput. Right-sizing existing applications to fit into these t-shirt sizing often results in some resource waste in each cloud instance. This micro-waste can accumulate across the numerous running workloads potentially resulting in excessive cost. Nutanix eliminates this by leveraging the ability to migrate to certain bare-metal cloud instances for granular control of host resources. IT teams can divide the available cluster resources as required for the running workloads with the added benefit of being able to easily resize workloads based on application and data needs in the cloud.

The consistent operations model and ability to lift-and-shift applications between clouds can also save significant IT operational costs. These less obvious savings come from the simplicity of the NCP solution by reducing the management burden on your IT teams and freeing them up to focus on more critical tasks and innovation. All combined, IT teams can create and maintain more cost-efficient hybrid multiclouds.

Comparison of Nutanix Cloud Platform with Competitors




Controlled and managed by: 


Managed services provider or cloud provider

Full system access



Runs in customer’s tenancy (VPCs/VNets)



Single management plane across entire ecosystem



Cost overhead

Low cost overhead

Varies—can be expensive

License portability capabilities



Control over upgrades



Control over deployed software versions



Simplified cloud networking



Why Nutanix is the smart choice for modern enterprises

Nutanix is the only vendor that can offer a single, consistent cloud operating model that integrates seamlessly across on-premises, edge and the public cloud. It makes true hybrid multicloud easy and efficient with management as a single pane of glass and deep visibility into your entire ecosystem. Other vendors simply don’t offer you this level of consistency, agility, and cost savings. For the most simple—and successful—path to the cloud, think Nutanix. 

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