.NEXT Conference Highlights Cloud Innovation Taken to the Next Level

At the .NEXT Digital Experience 2021 conference, Nutanix announced new capabilities that are currently in development for the Nutanix Cloud Platform, ranging from data management to workload performance.

Speaking at the conference, Rajiv Ramaswami, Nutanix CEO, shared his thoughts on the latest cloud and IT trends, stating, “One thing is becoming clear, and that is hybrid multi-cloud deployments are going to be the dominant cloud strategy going forward.”

He cited a Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud report, which found that more than 80% of enterprise IT leaders are considering a multi-cloud strategy that includes both public and private clouds. And Nutanix, as a company, has taken note of this and has evolved its vision to address where customers want to be – by making cloud invisible and assisting them in focusing on business outcomes rather than cloud complexity.

According to Rajiv, Nutanix’s mission is to delight its customers with a simple, open, hybrid multi-cloud software platform with rich data services to build, run, and manage any application.

“Our newly redesigned portfolio offers a single platform for the hybrid multi-cloud era whether your workloads are in a private cloud, public cloud or with managed service providers and telcos,” said Rajiv.

He added that product innovation is at the heart of what Nutanix does, and the Nutanix Cloud Platform will continue to break down common silos within IT teams with the goal of simplifying operations so that customers can focus on their business needs.
 
Nutanix Cloud Platform’s new features

The new features of the Nutanix Cloud Platform will include the release of the AOS version 6 software, to assist enterprises in building modern, software-defined data centres and accelerating hybrid multi-cloud deployments. Enterprises will benefit from powerful built-in virtual networking, enhanced disaster recovery, and simplified zero-trust security, which would otherwise necessitate additional specialised hardware, software, and skills.

Nutanix AOS 6 now supports Flow Networking, a Network Virtualisation offering based on the AHV hypervisor that allows customers to simplify their networking through a software-defined single pane of glass management. Enterprises and service providers can now easily create Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) to provide cloud-like agility to their users while relying on fewer hardware switches and routers.

In addition, as more organisations seek to implement a zero-trust approach to security, developing efficient and effective policies can be a significant challenge, especially in environments that span public and private clouds.

The Nutanix Cloud Platform’s upcoming features eliminate this common challenge by automatically creating flow micro-segmentation policies via a machine-learning-based planning engine that analyses an organisation’s network traffic and recommends security policies to protect virtual-machine workloads from potential attacks.

“AOS 6 along with virtual networking and security innovations in the Nutanix Cloud Platforms deliver an enterprise-ready, end-to-end platform to run any application, including the most critical ones, on-premises and in [the] public cloud,” said Eric Sheppard, Research Vice President, IDC Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies Group. “The new features address many of the demands of enterprise customers looking to gain efficiency and reliability across clouds, to support their needs now and in the future.”
 
Data Services for Unstructured and Structured Data

The Nutanix Cloud Platform will provide unstructured data tiering from on-premises to the cloud, up to a 2x storage performance boost for database workloads and a 3x storage performance boost for big data workloads without requiring complex reconfiguration, and Nutanix Data Lens, a new cloud service designed to empower customers to manage unstructured data growth and help protect their data.

Nutanix Data Lens will simplify data lifecycle management and protect against ransomware attacks by detecting and blocking suspicious files and alerting any anomalous activity by providing a global view with insights into unstructured data stored on Nutanix unified storage, whether on-premises or in the public cloud, including access patterns, data age, data types, and more.

“Customers require a variety of ways to store data一both structured, and unstructured一and are looking for ways to simplify management without needing to rely on different vendors to do so,” said Rajiv Mirani, Chief Technology Officer at Nutanix. “The new features in the Nutanix Cloud Platform extend our data-centric innovation to high-performance applications to deliver a unified platform with comprehensive data services for all workloads and all variety of data.”

Furthermore, Nutanix will assist customers in managing unstructured data growth by providing native support for data tiering to Nutanix Objects, AWS S3, Azure blob storage, and disaster recovery for file shares Nutanix Files with 1-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and self-service restore.

“Nutanix is taking important steps to deliver comprehensive data services across both structured and unstructured data on a single platform with a common management interface that stretches across on-premises and cloud,” said Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC.

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