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Hyperconverged is Happening interview series Nutanix

 Paul Serrano the Senior Director of APJ Marketing at Nutanix

Nutanix are recognised as a leader in the hyperconverged space. This is the second in our “hypeconverged is happening” interview series and Paul Serrano the Senior Director of APJ Marketing at Nutanix has given some excellent insight in his answers below. Notably Nutanix focus on the “web scale” nature of their offering.
 
1 – What’s your definition of hyper-converged?
 
Hyperconverged infrastructure natively integrates compute and storage into a single x86-based server deployed in scale-out clusters. It reduces power and space, and dramatically eliminates storage complexity.  Nutanix hyperconverged solutions are uniquely built using web-scale technologies and architectures that originated in large Internet and cloud companies, such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.   Key attributes include:
 
·         Intelligence in Software – 100% software-defined with no reliance on special purpose hardward for resilience, performance and availability.  Allowing for new capabilities without hardware upgrades.
 
·         Distributed Everything – All data, metadata and operations are distributed across the entire cluster, eliminating performance bottlenecks and enabling predictable scalability without limits
 
·         Self-Healing System – Designed to tolerate component failures through fault isolation and automatic recovery without bringing donw the overall system.
 
·         Automation & Analytics – Extensive automation and rich system-wide monitoring for data-driven efficiency, combined with REST=based programmatic interfaces for integration with datacenter management tools.
 
2 – What are the key benefits to IT if hyper-converged architecture?
 
·         Lower Costs – 40-60% reduction in overall CapEx and OpEx
 
·         Limitless Scalability – Scale infrastructure predictably with no limites
 
·         Fastest Time-to-Value – 8x faster time to value in buying, deploying and managing
 
·         Smallest Footprint – Up to 90% reduction in power, cooling and space with a 2U form factor.
 
·         Time for IT Innovation – Free IT resources to focus on important business initiatives and true innovation
 
·         Any Workload at Any Scale – Vmware Horizon w/View, Oracle, SAP, Cirtix, Microsoft Exchange/Sharepoint/SQL Server, Azure Private Cloud, Splunk, Hadoop, VMware vRealize, Unified Communicaitons Applications and more….
 
3 –Is there any use case for which hyper-converged is not well suited?
 
HyperConverged is suitable to all types of workloads at any scale.  The Google, Facebook and other large cloud providers and proven out a web-scale based architecture that supports any scale with high linear performance.  Nutanix brings this and more to the enterprise.
 
4 –Is cost saving the main driver for hyper-converged?
 
Cost is only one of many benefits received with hyper-converged architectures.  Different organizations have different requirements.  Some, such as military applications cast cost aside for reliability and performance, others such as service providers care about space, electrical, cooling, etc.  Hyper-converged brings the best of worlds to every enterprise.
 
5 – What’s Unique about your hyper-converged Offering?
 
Nutanix is uniquely built using web-scale technologies and architectures that originated in large internet and cloud companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.  Nutanix is Hypervisor Agnostic, supporting Vmware Vsphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM all from the same management GUI, using the same terminology and look and feel.  Not all Hyperconverged vendors are truly web-scale, software defined (NO hardware dependencies), Single pane of glass management, truly linear performance with unlimted scale.  Nutanix is exactly that.   Nutanix has a feature set that exceeds all others in this space with things such as Metro Cluster which allows clusters to span up  to 4km, integral DR and replication with our TimeStream capability.  More importantly, unlike other vendors , Nutanix can articulate a vision, not just a set of next features.   Nutanix made storage invisible and will shortly make the hypervisor invisible. Nutanix truly is the “Iphone” of the datacenter.
 
Our aim with this series is not to recommend one hyper-converged appliance vendor over another, purely to ask a series of simple but pertinent questions to all the major vendors in this space and allow our readers to see the differences.

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