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Nutanix Democratizes Access to Hyperconverged Infrastructure with New Community Edition

Software Offering Provides Open Access to Advanced Web-Scale Technology

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – MAY 12th, 2015Nutanix, the web-scale converged infrastructure company, today announced the public beta of its new Community Edition software, enabling broad access to the industry’s leading hyperconverged technology without the need for incremental hardware investment. Community Edition is a limited-scale version of the full Nutanix software stack that powers the datacenters of leading enterprises in more than 70 countries.

Available at no cost, Nutanix Community Edition breaks down both economic and organizational barriers to adopting the industry’s most advanced enterprise computing platform, offering radical simplicity to IT operations. Open access eliminates cost and hardware procurement and compatibility barriers, enabling rapid deployment into existing development/test and staging environments so users can directly experience the benefits of web-scale technologies. Users can also tap into the NEXT online community for operational guidance and management best practices.

Nutanix Community Edition extends the company’s commitment to fostering an open, transparent and community-centric approach to innovative solutions for mainstream enterprises. The free software enables a complete hyperconverged infrastructure deployment in just 60 minutes or less, and empowers a range of IT users:

  • Enterprise IT Professionals and Application Developers can quickly evaluate the leading hyperconverged technology with no licensing costs or new hardware investment
  • Technology Enthusiasts and Partners can now participate directly in the vibrant ecosystem for next generation of enterprise computing solutions, including the development of complementary applications, services and utilities
  • Students and Academic Researchers have unfettered access to state-of-the-art distributed systems technology, and can gain a real-world understanding of how IT infrastructure can optimally support cutting-edge cloud, mobile and big data applications

“From our very first software release in 2012, Nutanix has been dedicated to open architectures and technologies, offering unprecedented customer choice and flexibility,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Nutanix co-founder and CEO. “Community Edition is the next step in democratizing hyperconverged infrastructure technology, enabling anyone to experience the transformative benefits of our software. Only by eliminating the requirement for proprietary hardware and embracing off-the-shelf platforms can the next revolution of datacenter technologies be fully realized.”

This milestone release demonstrates that the future of hyperconverged infrastructures is about software. As a 100% software-based solution, Community Edition runs on standard x86-based servers from nearly any vendor, including Dell, HP, Cisco, Lenovo, Supermicro and others.

Initial response to the company’s early private release of Community Edition has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Installation and set-up was very simple, just like other Nutanix platforms. I had a co-worker who had rarely worked in storage complete the deployment in just minutes!” – Joep Piscaer, CTO of OGD ict-diensten, @jpiscaer

“As a Nutanix Technology Champion, I was invited to participate in early trials of Community Edition. I think that the Community Edition is a great idea and hope it’s a big success” – Brian Suhr, Senior Solutions Architect,at AHEAD, @bsuhr


Community Edition will be released as a public beta on June 8th, the first day of the Nutanix .NEXT User Conference. Interested users can sign up online immediately to be placed on the waitlist. The first 500 registrants will be entered to win a home lab valued at up to $3000 and one of five .NEXT Conference passes. For more information on Nutanix Community Edition and to sign up for the waitlist, visit or check out Dheeraj’s blog post:

Sign up is also available during the Nutanix Community Edition webinar on May 28th, and by visiting the Nutanix booth at Citrix Synergy in Orlando, Florida. To learn more, visit:

About Nutanix
Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making infrastructure invisible so that IT can focus on the applications and services that power their business. Companies around the world use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software to bring one-click application management and mobility across public, private and distributed edge clouds so they can run any application at any scale with a dramatically lower total cost of ownership. The result is organizations that can rapidly deliver a high-performance IT environment on demand, giving application owners a true cloud-like experience. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @nutanix.

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