Nutanix and Cisco Joint Solution, Now Generally Available, Accelerates Customers’ Hybrid Multicloud Journey

Combining industry-leading Nutanix software platform with Cisco’s advanced server portfolio

By Tarkan Maner, Chief Commercial Officer, Nutanix

October 2, 2023 | min

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, the ability for businesses to seamlessly scale applications, data, and infrastructure across data centers, edge, and the cloud is critical for innovation and growth. Our recent announcement of the Nutanix and Cisco strategic partnership reshapes the landscape of hybrid multicloud adoption and data center modernization, delivering a joint solution that is now generally available.

Our partnership with Cisco is built upon our shared leadership in application, data, infrastructure management and security. It represents our collective commitment to deliver a cohesive and consistent cloud operating model that transforms how businesses procure, deploy, secure, and manage IT services. This new platform is a fully integrated and validated solution that combines Cisco’s SaaS-managed compute and networking infrastructure (Cisco Unified Computing System with Cisco Intersight), networking (ACI), and management (UCS Manager)  with Nutanix Cloud Platform–which includes Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and its built-in AHV Hypervisor, Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM), Nutanix Unified Storage (NUS), and Desktop Services solutions. 

This new platform will give more businesses access to a consistent cloud operating model characterized by its simplicity, choice, and unparalleled flexibility. It features support for file, block and object storage, a built-in hypervisor to run both virtual machines and containerized workloads, integrated network and security, as well as snapshots, replication and disaster recovery. In addition, this solution benefits from Nutanix portable licensing, enabling  seamless application and workload deployment across hardware and locations, whether it be on-premises or in the public cloud.  

We continue to expand our technology integration partner ecosystem to help businesses accelerate their hybrid multicloud journey with a rigorously tested, validated, and certified infrastructure. The solution includes Nutanix Cloud Platform software integration and validation with Cisco Compute UCS servers, UCS Manager, Cisco networking solutions such as  Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) controller integration with AHV and Cisco security solutions such as Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Cisco Firewall Management Center (FMC) and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) certified to run on AHV.  The solution will offer flexible deployment options with support for Cisco UCS servers including M6, and upcoming support for M7. This will enable businesses to run their apps anywhere, without compromise.   

What sets this partnership apart is not just the sum of the technology infrastructure, but our unrelenting focus on customer experience. Our solution support model was built with enhanced integration to enhance customer support. This synergy promises to expedite issue resolution and heighten overall customer satisfaction. 

This is a true partnership addressing a complex market direction on customers' journey to a hybrid multicloud world. Across the infrastructure and management stack, and considering the joint engineering efforts around the solution, this is a win-win for Cisco and Nutanix, and their customers.

Ashish Nadkarni
IDC Analyst

Our journey doesn’t stop here. The joint solution not only benefits businesses, but our entire partner ecosystem, delivering more innovative solutions, integration opportunities, competitive edge, as well as revenue generation opportunities.  

Summary: Nutanix software available on Cisco server infrastructure.

  • Nutanix has partnered with Cisco to deliver a hybrid multicloud platform that is forged on our combined leadership in application, data, and infrastructure management. 
  • New platform combines Nutanix software, based on its industry-leading HCI foundation, with Cisco’s advanced server portfolio to help customers easily scale applications, data and infrastructure across data center, edge, and cloud with a consistent cloud operating model.
  • This partnership truly empowers customers to run any app, any data, anywhere - at the edge, on-prem, or in the cloud – without compromise.

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