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Nutanix Bolsters Acropolis File Services with New Capabilities and Expanded Partner Ecosystem

Strong Customer Adoption Demonstrates Need to Replace Traditional File Storage with Flexible Software

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 3, 2017  Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced new capabilities for its Acropolis File Services (AFS) software. In just two quarters since initial market introduction, approximately 10% of Nutanix customers are choosing Nutanix AFS for their file services needs. Delivered as part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS, AFS software streamlines IT operations by natively converging VM and file storage into a single scale-out platform, driving improved flexibility and lower TCO.

Today’s enterprises require an infrastructure architecture that can deliver the best of both the public and private cloud without creating new data silos or increasing complexity. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS leverages the company’s core web-scale architecture to provide portfolio services to power critical business applications. These application building blocks include on-demand compute resources, along with elastic storage services for block and file-based data, enabling IT managers to build and operate enterprise datacenters that rival public clouds.

AFS customers will be able to exploit a rapidly expanding partner ecosystem to:

  • Secure sensitive company data with simple in-line antivirus scans using popular AV solutions from Symantec
  • Efficiently backup AFS data by leveraging partners Rubrik and Comtrade
  • Enable active-Active AFS deployments using Peer Software so geographically-distributed teams can collaborate on projects
  • Perform detailed audits of file system access with partners Varonis and STEALTHbits

In addition to simplifying IT infrastructure by removing silos created by dedicated file services offerings, AFS software gives customers a public cloud experience, but with the security and control of a private cloud deployment. AFS customers can manage file services via Prism, delivering a unified, consumer-grade management interface for their full infrastructure stack and freeing IT resources to focus on critical, business-driving activities.

“With Nutanix AFS, we have been able to integrate all VM and file systems into the same infrastructure,” said David DePillis, Chief Technology Officer, Kelley Kronenberg. “Before AFS, I was faced with having to completely overhaul my filer system. Rather than spend more money on a data silo, we ripped out our legacy NetApp filer and consolidated everything on the Nutanix platform. With all our infrastructure on one platform, my team can focus on business-driving initiatives, not infrastructure management.”

“Nutanix continues to demonstrate thought leadership by offering a clear and compelling vision for the future of the data center,” said Eric Sheppard, IDC Research Director, Enterprise Storage & Converged Systems. “AFS represents an important part of this vision and highlights the company’s commitment to providing a public cloud experience inside complex corporate data centers.”

“Rapid AFS adoption shows that customers are clamoring for more ways to converge and simplify all their IT operations, and to replace legacy products with more flexible software-driven solutions,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nutanix. “By dramatically reducing operational complexity and leveraging a common software layer, we’re enabling our customers to turn IT into a profit center. We believe customers will continue their enthusiastic adoption of AFS as part of the overall consumption of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS and we look forward to continuing to expand our partner ecosystem to serve their broadest needs.”

Nutanix AFS with inline anti-virus scans is available now to all Nutanix customers and the Active-Active and Auditing capabilities will be available in a future release.

For more information on Nutanix Acropolis File Services, visit the Nutanix NEXT Community Blog.

About Nutanix

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @nutanix.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements concerning product features and technology that are under development and the capabilities of such product features and technology, strategic partnerships that are in process, and our expectations regarding the continued adoption of Acropolis File Services. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and instead are based on current expectations, estimates, opinions and beliefs. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; delays in or lack of customer or market acceptance of our new product features or technology; delays in the formation of new strategic partnerships; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; a shift in industry or competitive dynamics or customer demand; and other risks detailed in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances.

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