Introduction to Nutanix

Let’s learn about Nutanix. Nutanix was founded in 2009 and shipped their first hyper-converged product in 2012. Well new Janus is still a young company it’s one of the fastest growing enterprise IT organizations of all time. There are more than 10 thousand customers across 146 or140 countries, across six continents and more than 600 of those organizations are global, 2000 companies annex has been pretty fortunate to see success in every major industry. This success comes from the versatility the platform and the ability to power just about any application we can provide industry specific references and configuration overviews for just about any vertical and if you’re interested in learning a little bit more about those, we can most certainly dig some of those up and get them out to you Gartner is an independent ratings organization. They recently published their first Magic Quadrant report for hyper-converged infrastructure as you can see Gartner analysts have not only put Nutanix in the leader quadrant but also recognize them as the leader in an organization that has the strongest ability to execute and most complete vision for hyper-converged infrastructure. Here, you can see that there are some pre-glowing reviews of the platform and these reviews came directly from customers to Gartner and Nutanix was in no way in the middle of providing these references.

IDC is another independent reading organization and you can see some pretty high numbers here on the rich payback. TCO and ROI and these are hard costs but what we’d really like to focus on and what we see is the real value which is the simplified management fewer outages resiliency and all of these key things keep IT employees out of the business of supporting infrastructure and focusing on the current fire for the day and re-focusing their efforts on things and tasks that can have a positive effect on your business, your operations and ultimately your customers. Nutanix has one of the highest Net Promoter scores in the industry a lot of that has to do with the support team to put that into perspective. The average software company has an NPS score of 30 and an NPS score of 90 plus is almost unheard of especially across the last 5 years or so there are a few things that really helps Nutanix derive that support excellence. All Nutanix support engineers are full-time employees you won’t talk to a contract person and this is an in contrast to some of the other large or enterprise IT organizations out there who are in the process or who have currently outsourced some or all of their tier one to two or three support mechanisms and processes in personnel. And also note annex does not employ a tiered support model. There’s a site reliability engineer that takes the initial support request and this engineer will handle the case until resolution so customers are never waiting for handoffs between support teams or waiting for a callback when something is escalated from tier 1 to tier 2 to review logs and they’ll get back to you and check with two or three and potentially escalate it to tier 3 notes.

Nutanix does not close support tickets on their own and lastly the SRA teams leverage Nutanix pulse which is a platform to proactively address support issues. Sometime without the customer calling or opening up a support ticket. So, here’s a brief overview of the Nutanix portfolio. For example, consider two foundational products in Nutanix solution Acropolis and prism. Acropolis is the data fabric that converges compute storage and virtualization to run any application at any scale. Prism is the unified management platform that can manage applications and infrastructure across different datacenters and multiple clouds, If you’ve the additional and somewhat newer features. Similarly, consider flow calm and zine flows the software-defined networking component in the Nutanix stat. It’s somewhat new. Call this an automation platform that provides automation and lifecycle management across multiple clouds and lastly the cloud services which ultimately incorporates a number of different products and functionalities. It had a pretty recent overhaul so there are some improvements and additions to this product set and again. Nutanix enterprise cloud has been built with a single cohesive stack that integrates all infrastructure resources with a scalable management plane for managing both infrastructure and applications. It’s built on the most advanced and popular hyper-converged foundation combining scale-out storage services server compute and enterprise data protection. Nutanix is the ability to choose just about any common hypervisor including ESXI as well as native virtualization that’s built into the product called Nutanix 8hv to dive in into a few of the individual components. Hyper-convergence is at the core of just about every enterprise cloud instead of stand-alone storage networking and server infrastructure hyper-converged brings all of them together into a single software-defined stack.

The Nutanix solution is built on web scale technologies that power some of the largest data centers in the planet. HCI is a category is fairly popular which would truly differentiate. Nutanix is the fact that it’s a 100% distributed system with no single point of failure with almost unlimited scalability and support for any use. Case deployments can start with a single node and can scaleup to hundreds of nodes seamlessly, performance and capacity grow every time. A node is added and depending on what you need is a customer the nodes can be computed east or edge heavy combination of both and what that means is you can add only the capacity and the performance that you want to add with the building block or let go-like model infrastructure provisioning and expansion becomes extremely simple and finally with VM centric data protection applications are protected within the data center to a remote data center or somewhere in the public cloud of your choice.

The core hyper-converged solution will work across all the major hypervisors, Hyper-V, VMware, vSphere, and citrix-xen server enabling customers are our customers and in case customers choose the hypervisor that they would like to run in this environment, HV is a KVM based hypervisor which comes built into every new Tannis solution at no extra cost. There’s very tight integration with prism from management and provisioning and if you choose now or decide down the road you can start running VMware or Hyper-V and convert that environment over to a HP tour to reduce complexity and recurring costs. Automation requirements have really driven the need for these one-click operations. This helps not only to reduce the time required to manage and deploy infrastructure but also vastly reduces the number of outages caused by human error capacity planning and just in time for cast are powered by a machine intelligence engine called X-fit. These machines learning powered operations and able IT teams to stay ahead of the curve in terms of planning infrastructure so the businesses never run out of capacity.

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