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Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructures Platform Optimized to run Epic Operational Database and Cogito Databases

By Dan Cowan & Scott Fadden & Tapan Mehta & Jon Kohler

Several years ago, we made a strategic choice to focus on engineering solutions for two ISVs that produce mission-critical applications, SAP and Epic. These vendors were chosen as a high watermark for performance and availability for our hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform. Using this focused approach, we’ve made great progress on both workloads. Last year we announced production support for SAP HANA and today we’re pleased to announce that Nutanix HCI is now able to host all Epic infrastructure components, including production databases.

Nutanix is currently the #1 deployed HCI solution within the Epic community, with over 20 mutual customers ranging from small hospitals to those with more than 20,000 concurrent users. Customers such as Presence Health and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have successfully deployed Nutanix HCI into production for Hyperspace and Web and Service servers. We even have a few cutting-edge customers using Nutanix for production Epic databases, such as Anne Arundel Medical Center who has been running Cogito Suite reporting for more than a year.

We regularly encounter health systems looking for a single compute and storage stack who don’t want to migrate from legacy infrastructure until they can move all of their Epic infrastructure to HCI, including the databases. Creating an end to end HCI solution for the Operational and Analytics databases has been a top priority at Nutanix.

Today, we are pleased to announce production capabilities for Epic’s Operational Database (ODB), starting with Nutanix Acropolis Operating System (AOS) 5.11.2, for up to 2,500 concurrent ODB users. This is very exciting news and another example of Nutanix leading the way in Healthcare.

Figure 1: Why Deploy on Nutanix HCI Platform?

If you are familiar with Epic applications and HCI architecture, it may come as no surprise that it was a technical challenge to meet the scale-up database performance requirements on a scale-out platform like Nutanix. Through the process of focused testing and development, we have made significant improvements to our platform that benefit all workloads, not just Epic. One example of an Nutanix AOS technology that resulted from this testing is the Autonomous Extent Store (AES). AES helps Nutanix excel on high-throughput workloads like those required by the Cogito Suite analytics workloads. This and many other AOS enhancements combined with NVMe SSDs are the reason Nutanix can now exceed Epic’s requirements for database throughput and storage latency.

We are excited about this achievement and look forward to pushing these limits even further through product enhancements and the use of advanced storage technologies such as Intel® Optane™ Technology. We’re looking forward to working with our growing Epic customer base to drive down operational costs, provide an outstanding clinician experience, and delight IT administrators.

To learn how Nutanix can help you move forward, contact Nutanix at Epic@nutanix.com, follow us on Twitter @NutanixHealth, or send us a request at www.nutanix.com/demo to set up your own customized briefing. More information about Nutanix’s healthcare solution portfolio can be found at nutanix.com/healthcare.

Forward Looking Statements
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