Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Metal: Infrastructure on Demand for Managed Service Providers

By Parham Shabaniani

July 28, 2022 | min

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can find themselves caught between the IT supply chain crisis created by our current microchip shortage and the growing demands of customers expanding digital services globally. As you’re probably painfully aware, it can take many months to acquire new equipment. For example, network equipment lead times are up to 160 days, according to The Register, resulting in one company purchasing a year’s worth of inventory. This makes the just-in-time procurement strategy employed by many MSPs operating their own datacenters impossible. 

Nutanix and Equinix have partnered to deliver on-demand infrastructure that helps MSPs succeed in the current environment—no matter what your operating model is.

Solving the Challenges of On-Demand Infrastructure

The Nutanix Cloud Platform™ solution paired with Equinix Metal combines the benefits of Nutanix’s industry-leading hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software with the power and bare-metal performance of Equinix Metal™ servers. The solution simplifies multicloud infrastructure scaling and can remove some of the supply chain barriers that service providers1 face when trying to use the public cloud:

On-Demand Infrastructure Solution Stack

The Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Metal solution delivers the full benefits of Nutanix infrastructure software, Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric, as illustrated in the following figure.

This full stack solution offers significant synergies, enabling MSPs—and MSP end customers—to scale infrastructure on demand, reduce hardware spending on key workloads, shift CapEx to OpEx, and reach the clouds and geographies that matter the most. Read our recent announcement to learn more about how the Equinix–Nutanix partnership helps solve today’s challenges.

Benefits of The Equinix–Nutanix Partnership for MSPs

The Equinix–Nutanix partnership gives MSPs the benefits of cloud infrastructure and services without loss of control. Nutanix Cloud Platform running on Equinix Metal is optimized and scalable to support the workloads businesses depend on, whether that means traditional enterprise workloads or the latest cloud native apps.

Benefits of the joint solution include:

  • Cloud-like consumption. MSP can package the metal and software as a product pack and help replace CapEx with OpEx. No hardware to purchase, no supply chain delays, and no physical infrastructure to provision and maintain.
  • Global reach. With datacenters on 5 continents, Equinix gives your customers the global reach they need. Equinix’s ecosystem encompasses nearly 10,000 companies and provides on ramps to 2,900+ cloud partners and 1,800+ networks.
  • Single operational model. The Nutanix Cloud Platform offers a single user interface that can extend across Equinix datacenters, public clouds, and MSP and customer datacenters. Your teams can operate easily across diverse environments without having to learn new skills for each environment.
  • Cloud choice. Equinix provides an alternative choice for customers for whom public cloud is not a viable alternative for regulatory or other reasons.
  • Grow your portfolio. Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Bare Metal gives MSPs an ideal platform on which to rapidly build and extend existing specialty services for their end customers. 

Grow Your Portfolio of Services

The combination of Equinix and Nutanix gives you a range of capabilities spanning from a global network interconnect to software-as-a-service (SaaS). This provides the building blocks you need to deliver your existing services anywhere. It also provides an ideal foundation to architect new services in less time with less effort. Offer hardware and/or software services with an OpEx model or offer new managed services that weren’t possible before. The options are only limited by your business objectives and the needs of your customers.

Find Out More

Nutanix and Equinix make it simpler for MSPs to address their business challenges and better address customer needs. With Nutanix software running on Equinix, customers benefit from the ability to consume the Nutanix Cloud Platform everywhere—from the datacenter to colocation to public cloud—with no friction.

To find out more about our partnership and our joint solutions, visit our partner page. You can also connect with us at

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1To take advantage of this solution, enroll in the Nutanix Service Provider Program (NESPP). NESPP participants can use the NTNX cloud platform for the benefit of their tenants. Please see the Nutanix website for additional details and benefits of the program.