Nutanix has added multi-cloud capabilities to its hyperconverged infrastructure software stack, including a single software fabric that works across on-premises appliances, from multiple vendors, and across multiple clouds as well.
The new capabilities, introduced as the first of several new cloud services, were unveiled at the Nutanix .NEXT conference held this week in Washington DC.
Nutanix also unveiled a strategic relationship with Google that will allow certain Nutanix-based hyper-converged infrastructure services to run natively on the Google Public Cloud.
Nutanix is looking at how to help partners and customers build coherent hybrid clouds, something that has proven difficult with more traditional on-premises infrastructures, said Greg Smith, senior director of product marketing at Nutanix.
"And we are looking beyond hybrid clouds to remote offices, even at remote locations like military installations, oil-gas fields, and so on," Smith told CRN USA. "It's what we're calling the 'edge cloud.'"
To make that happen, Nutanix unveiled Nutanix Xi Cloud Services, which extends data centre services to the cloud via the company's Prism centralised data centre infrastructure management software.
The focus of Nutanix Xi Cloud Services is to take out the complexity of extending on-premises services to the cloud, Smith said. "Today, customers need a complex, expensive lift and shift to get to the cloud," he said. "We're eliminating that need by providing a common experience across on-prem and cloud environments."
The first Nutanix Xi Cloud Service, which is expected to be available early next year, is Xi Cloud Disaster Recovery. "Customers will be able to set up, manage, and test complete disaster recovery services in minutes," Smith said. "This can all be done without a separate disaster recovery site or a third-party cloud."
The Nutanix Xi Cloud Service takes advantage Nutanix's own cloud which is based in several colocation centers to provide customers with the ability to offer a variety of cloud services related to the company's hyper-converged infrastructure, he said.
With the new strategic relationship with Google, those services can also be run natively in the Google Public Cloud.
The Xi Cloud Disaster Recovery service is slated to be available early next year, with other services to follow, Smith said.
Nutanix also unveiled the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, an application that extends the Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure environment to the cloud.
With Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, the Nutanix software stack, which is currently available for on-premises deployments in appliances from Nutanix, Dell EMC, Lenovo, and IBM, is now available as a native cloud-delivered solution, Smith said.
"This is a major advancement in terms of providing hybrid cloud services," he said. "We're providing complete application mobility regardless of whether customers want to work on-premises or in the cloud."
Also new is Nutanix Calm, a single software fabric that lets customers define and publish applications in the form of blueprints that can then be provisioned across different cloud environments, Smith said.
Nutanix Calm, which is expected to be available late this year, takes advantage of the compute and storage capabilities of the Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure software stack to converge applications using the VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Nutanix AHV hypervisors across Xi Cloud services and public clouds starting with AWS, Smith said Nutanix Calm will eventually be offered across Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, he said.
"We're allowing customers to decouple their applications from their infrastructures," he said. "Customers can choose to run their applications where they want to based on cost and performance requirements... The net effect will be to elevate traditional IT managers to become cloud IT managers."
Nutanix will leverage existing channel partners for its new multi-cloud initiatives, Smith said.
"Xi Cloud gives partners the ability to add a set of integrated cloud services to their Nutanix clients," he said. "And Nutanix Calm provides partners with differentiation for hyperconverged infrastructure in the cloud. It will increase the market with automation tools to extend beyond existing infrastructure to DevOps."
Nutanix will provide partners with new technical and sales training, but does not plan to offer new certifications, Smith said. "Our goal is to make this part of our existing programs to provide a consistent selling process for our partners."