Nutanix Brings SAN-Free Datacentre to EMEA

Following Rapid Growth in US and Japan, Nutanix Adds Key Players in EMEA and Signs Distribution Partnerships With Leading European IT Suppliers

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwire – May 30, 2012)Nutanix, the first company to offer a radically simple compute and storage building block for virtualised datacentre without the need for network storage, has today announced its launch into EMEA following rapid growth in customer demand for its SAN-free datacenter platform. The launch coincides with the signing of a partnership with Kelway, the UK-based value added reseller and integrator of end-to-end virtualisation and storage solutions, and a launch distribution agreement with SDG, the specialist European IT distributor.

Nutanix harnesses the same distributed system techniques that power Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix clouds and packages it into an enterprise-friendly, 2U rack-mount enclosure. The compact form factor of the Nutanix Complete Cluster opens up new mobile and remote datacenter possibilities for defense, education, energy, and healthcare organizations that demand infrastructure in proximity to their end users to improve application speed and end-user experience.

“That’s what we love about you guys, you made it simple again, especially for our international colocation facilities in Dublin and Hong Kong,” said Ross Cohen, Senior Network Engineer for Weil Gotshal & Manges, a global law firm with offices throughout Europe. He went on to say “its all the juice we wish we had ten years ago, when we were first deploying VMs, but the direct attached storage was small and controllers were weak. Here you are, storage and computation and it’s just simple.”

John Abbott, Chief Analyst, 451 Research, commented, “Nutanix has focused on a scale-out technology that closely integrates server and storage within each node. Traditional networked storage was never designed to support virtualization and cloud environments. The Nutanix Complete Cluster sidesteps many of the costs and complexities of networked storage by taking a new look at the problem.”

EMEA operations will be seeded by industry veterans Alan Campbell and Rob Tribe, the duo that has spent more than a decade working together at EMC and VMware. They made some very early bets on datacentre technologies such as EMC NAS and VMware.

Alan Campbell says of the launch into EMEA, “Having enjoyed the first-mover-advantage early on with VMware, Rob and I are privileged to be involved once again in another ground-breaking technology that will revolutionize the datacentre of this decade. This revolution is not just about high performance technology; it’s about fiscal predictability, investment protection, and cost reduction. We are delighted to have early partners in Kelway and SDG, who have an unparalleled understanding of the EMEA market.”

“The Nutanix story strongly resonates with channel partners and end-users because we don’t just converge the compute and storage tiers, thus converging hardware and the network, but also drastically reduce costs by converging sales, support, and solution delivery,” says Dheeraj Pandey, CEO of Nutanix. “The Alan-Rob pair is a perfect combination of virtualization and storage experience that embodies the convergence virtues of Nutanix.”

The European market is fertile ground for End User Computing (VDI/XenApp) and Managed (Cloud) Service Providers, two market segments for which Nutanix is extremely well suited. The pain point in both use cases is unit of growth. Legacy systems force monolithic upfront purchases that are either grossly underutilized for months, causing liability on the books, or are silos that do not provide a single system view. Nutanix, with its scale-out technology, grows a node at a time, expanding the existing single system to very large clusters.

Nutanix extends the power of Fusion-io to the realm of enterprise virtualization by combining Google-like high performance localized storage and distributed redundancy via high speed Arista 10GbE top-of-rack switches. Nutanix ships with four industry-standard x86 servers bundled with VMware’s hypervisor in a 2U, 85 pound SAN-less server appliance.

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