Sivantos Group Heads to .NEXT 2017


By Christie Vaughan
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An Interview with Allan Basso, Global IT Infrastructure Architect at Sivantos

Sivantos Group is one of the world’s top manufacturers of hearing aids. The corporation was spun off from Siemens Audiology Solutions in 2015. Sivantos now employs over 5,000 people in more than 25 countries, and its international sales departments serve customers in another 95 countries. We recently caught up with Allan Basso to find out what’s happening at his company and to see if he’s planning on attending Nutanix .NEXT this year.

Q. How has your life changed since you implemented Nutanix?

Nutanix is making my life as an IT administrator much easier, and it has also helped advance my career. I was recently promoted to Infrastructure Architect Global at Sivantos, and I’m sure that was partly due to my role in the Nutanix implementation.

We deployed our first Nutanix systems in 2015. We placed one cluster in New Jersey and another one in Florida. By March of 2016, we were 100% dependent on Nutanix for all of our workloads, including our VDI deployment, ERP systems, enterprise SQL, and all of our homegrown applications. Because of the incredible cost and management time savings we obtained on those two systems, we decided to use Nutanix as our global standard for infrastructure worldwide. We rolled out three additional Nutanix clusters in Singapore and in China, and we’re starting to size and prepare a rollout in our German data center. We’ve been quite busy.

Q. Has the main benefit of Nutanix been its management simplicity?

Nutanix Prism Central enables us to see what is going on across our environment using one pane of glass. The ongoing maintenance simplicity of Nutanix has exceeded our expectations. We had a 3-tier VBlock environment before Nutanix. It was a so-called “converged” solution as opposed to a “hyperconverged” infrastructure, but it was nowhere near self-sustaining. It took about 100 hours each year just to keep that environment running. With Nutanix, I can now do all of the maintenance during the day on our production systems, with no impact on performance. By moving to Nutanix, the 100 hundred hours per year we were spending on infrastructure management dropped to zero.

Q. Will you be attending .NEXT again this year?

Absolutely! The .NEXT events are always very informative. The keynotes are always fun and I’ve always learned something new at each event. But personally, the biggest thing I look for at all of the .NEXT events, is “what’s next” sessions. I love to hear about all of the new toys and buttons that I’ll be able to play with within the platform, and what new features will make the infrastructure more valuable. I haven’t missed a single .NEXT event yet, why would I start now?

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