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Nutanix and HPE Deliver Integrated Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance

By Marc Trouard-Riolle

In April 2019, Nutanix and HPE announced a new global partnership to bring to market an integrated hybrid cloud-as-a-Service (aaS) solution. The agreement enables Nutanix channel partners to directly sell HPE-based appliances combined with Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud software.

Nutanix now proudly takes the next step in this journey launching the HPE ProLiant DX, a range of Nutanix-integrated appliances based upon foundational HPE server technologies existing in the ProLiant and Apollo platforms providing the most secure industry standard servers.

"HPE is excited about providing greater choice to customers with the HPE and Nutanix partnership,” said Justin Hotard, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Volume Global Business Unit, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. “With the new HPE ProLiant DX appliance, based on the world’s most secure industry-standard server, integrated with and optimized for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software, IT customers seeking a hybrid cloud alternative that promises greater agility will be able to take advantage of fully-qualified HPE hardware within their Nutanix environments."

HPE ProLiant DX: Designed Specifically for Nutanix Customers

The Nutanix and HPE partnership provides customers with increased hardware vendor choice for use with Nutanix software, and the appliance packaging creates a simpler solution with enhanced benefits, including:

  • A range of qualified platforms and configurations validated by HPE and Nutanix
  • Tuned optimized hardware settings for Nutanix environments via HPE workload matching
  • Seamless lifecycle management (LCM) and support processes with 3 year next business day hardware support and iLO advanced licensing included. An optional 5 year next business hardware support offering is also available

Seven new HPE ProLiant DX Gen10 appliances are available at launch, in 1U and 2U form factors and with 1, 2 and 4-node models. Numerous configure-to-order options of Intel® Cascade Lake processors, memory, storage types, small and large disk form factors and capacities are available, providing customers with access to thousands of different platform combinations to suit their requirements.

Hybrid and all-flash storage configurations are available at launch, with additional configurations being considered for future qualification. VMware® ESXi® is also a supported hypervisor configuration for customers if required.

Nutanix and HPE’s Product Management and Engineering teams have intentionally qualified a mix of platform configurations to suit all common use cases, including private cloud, end-user computing and database modernization. From high density to high performance, ProLiant DX configurations are available to suit the requirements.

Seamless Experience - From Procurement to Upgrades

To simplify procurement and deployment phases, the HPE ProLiant DX solution is sold by Nutanix sellers, with capacity-based software licensing and a single SKU that covers both the HPE appliance hardware and support. Installations are simpler with appliance shipments from HPE pre-installed with Nutanix AOS and the AHV hypervisor, providing the fastest time-to-value with a simple installation process.

Beyond appliance deployments, on-going infrastructure management is more straightforward as customers benefit from one-click, non-disruptive upgrades of ProLiant DX clusters, including software (Nutanix AOS, hypervisor, etc.) and node firmware. ProLiant DX firmware (BMC and BIOS) is upgraded automatically via standard SPP bundles hosted in-cloud or on-site. Read more about the Nutanix one-click experience in the Evolution of 1-Click blog.

DX appliance integration with HPE OneView and HPE Insight provides customers with a familiar experience for their platforms management, health and performance monitoring.

Nutanix and HPE Have Your Back

DX appliances ship with 3 year next business day hardware support included. Nutanix continues to provide its world-class technical support for the software portion and customers engage HPE directly for all hardware related issues. Nutanix and HPE coordinate on Technical Support and provide a warm handoff of support cases where required, helping to ensure customers receive a seamless experience.

“Nutanix has absolutely exceeded our wildest expectations of what customer support should look like.” said Kana Butkovic, Divisional Product Director, Capita Software, who has been a Nutanix and HPE customer for several years. “Our engineers, when we are engaging with a new vendor- they are effectively benchmarking it against Nutanix.”

HPE ProLiant DX solutions will be quotable by Nutanix sales and select distributors in the next couple of weeks, and generally available later in August.

Simplify your IT operations - learn more about running your mission critical and line-of-business applications on Nutanix with HPE ProLiant DX.

1 InfoSight for Servers is the extension of InfoSight for ProLiant Gen10 and available via an additional HPE license.

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