Senior IT architect Frederic Lhoest in front of PCCW Global’s first production cluster in Belgium, a Nutanix 6000 series with 3-nodes.
After his team embraced the pilot, PCCW Global moved quickly to leverage HCI across the company.
“We decided to move forward with another cluster in the UK, then in the U.S., and now we have seven clusters,” he said. “That equates to almost 1000 virtual machines with replication across continents. Last year, our company decided to establish our internal IT strategy around Nutanix.”
Today, PCCW Global’s data centers are 85-90% converted to Nutanix, Lhoest said.
“That is impressive because if you look back two years ago, the speed (of adoption) is incredible. Two years ago, I would never have bet we would be this far.”
He said the company is looking to bring new capabilities to help manage security, containers and virtual desktops for remote workers.
The how-to videos and case studies are still critical to Lhoest and his team’s success. He said the content and active online community enable IT pros to self-manage systems.
“Nutanix is providing all the tools we need to do this transformation,” he said. “They provide professional services that can assist you in the transformation.”
Especially in the age of COVID-19, humans need relationships, which drove him to join the Nutanix Technology Champions (NTC) community, where experts share tips and answer questions quickly on a Slack channel.
“We are doing things like exchanging contact info, asking for access to better versions or resources, or we can get in touch directly with a Nutanix PM,” he said. “It’s a great place to get answers to questions. Knowledge is nothing if it is not shared.”
He said the pandemic showed that the IT world evolution toward virtualization and automation meets the need organizations have to self-manage their systems.
“Machine learning will take a bigger place in automation. Because today, automation is reacting to a trigger, and the trigger is coded in the automation script. Tomorrow, maybe the triggers will be generated on the fly by AI automation.”
That future is in the making, but Lhoest sees enterprise cloud computing evolving rapidly. Things keep getting more powerful, quicker and easier to use.
“Today, we have virtual machines, but if you look back 10 years ago, there were a lot of physical servers. To deploy a new service, you’d need to buy a server and get it delivered. Now, it is completely different. You just need a marketplace and few clicks and the server is ready.”