The .NEXT virtual user conference kicked off with Dheeraj Pandey, Nutanix CEO highlighting the change in times as businesses all around the world are now looking to consolidate clouds, be it private or public, into a singular one-click hybrid cloud experience.
As businesses continue to adapt to the new normal, digital transformation is now accelerating especially with the realization that the next five years will be all about consolidating data centres and the cloud.
What Does Nutanix Mean by Consolidation?
According to Dheeraj, it’s all about virtualising everything. This allows customers to move from any location to another, including an entire data centre.
“HCI is changing everything. Customers want to consolidate all hardware and software. They want to consolidate their data centres. They want to consolidate all clouds with a similar experience with skillsets that people can use both on-premises and off-premises. And that experience will be a one click hybrid cloud experience”, said Dheeraj.
Following the partnership announcement with AWS in August, Dheeraj announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will enable both companies to deliver a hybrid solution with seamless application, data and license mobility as well as unified management across on-premises and Azure environments, using Nutanix Clusters on Azure.
The partnerships are the latest initiatives in Nutanix’s ambition of lowering the visibility of IT infrastructure, reducing “chaos” as he puts it for IT leaders and end-users alike while making corporate networks simple to manage.
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and AI, at Microsoft Corporation said, “Many companies face complexities when managing hybrid cloud environments across private and public clouds. Nutanix and Microsoft are enabling the simplicity of the hybrid cloud and the choice of managing it”.
To read more about the partnership, click here.
Nutanix and Education With Condoleeza Rice
As part of Nutanix’s continued innovation in education, former US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice pointed out how educators had their heads in the sand when it came to technology and learning during the session on education and technology. She explained how educators now had to accelerate their understanding and cope with new technology which involved lots of experimentation.
“Whenever we have a tech revolution like this, we need to recognise that tech can be good or bad. Elements of remote learning can be the answer to the biggest challenges in education. A good thing is if done right, it can overcome some of the challenges faced like those students physically away can access more. Another possibility is personalised learning. Technology allows students to have personalised learning capabilities”, said Rice.
However, there is a downside to this as well. She mentioned that finding the right mix when it comes to personalised learning can be a challenge. She is concerned that tech can deepen and widen the gap in education as well. For example, homeschooling kids may not be at the same level of education as those in national schools.
Nutanix is able to meet education’s unique challenges. Nutanix allows educational institutes to take advantage of highly adaptable infrastructure to meet the challenges of modern education: from online testing to BYOD adoption, to increased school data access, to the surge in learning apps and instructional videos, institutions are having to do much more with their IT while meeting ever-tighter budgets.
Nutanix and Digital Transformation in Malaysia
Interestingly in Malaysia, Nutanix continues to have positive growth despite the pandemic. According to Avinash Gowda, Malaysia Country Manager for Nutanix, resilience is the underlying theme for Malaysian businesses.
“Investments in the public sector are increasing, followed by medium-sized businesses and enterprises. Once businesses know Nutanix, the chances of them picking us up are higher. The problem is, we are not having enough reach to potential customers, which is why we are looking to strengthen our presence in the country”, said Avinash.
The 4Ds – digital hyper converge, desktop services, data centre services and DevOps services, as Avinash puts it, are what customers are looking for. Nutanix comes in to provide them with this.
“Digital transformation is a priority but more needs to be done. The pandemic is making customers rethink and relook at their consumption of digital transformation. Only 37% of SMEs and 32% of large and listed companies have taken steps to upgrade their technologies”.
For digital native companies, Avinash pointed out that they can start from ground zero and can build without legacy concerns. But when it comes to large companies, they have legacy, skillsets and such which can’t be moved and shifted to the cloud. This is where the private cloud will be a force to reckon with and this is where Nutanix fits in.
A Local Perspective - Nutanix and MaxMoney
MaxMoney, a Malaysian money exchange and remittance services provider has adopted Nutanix to modernise its IT infrastructure and improve customer experiences. MaxMoney has since witnessed 100% system availability and increased response time for digital services at their branches, allowing the firm to serve more customers in a day.
Prior to this, the company faced several challenges including legacy infrastructure that could not support growth, branch offices located in areas with poor internet, as well as the need for tech that is available to deliver quick responses when required.
MaxMoney now runs 60 virtual machines, production systems, mission-critical databases and development operations on a system powered by Nutanix HCI. These support the company’s mission-critical applications, including its email server as well as its money changer and currency wholesale applications.
Besides 100% availability, MaxMoney’s system now runs with greater efficiency and flexibility. Response time to database queries from the branches has been reduced from two minutes to less than five seconds, eliminating the chance of a server timeout and allowing service agents to help more customers each day.
“18% of our global revenue comes from APAC. And if you look at the ASEAN region, it is now growing the fastest despite the pandemic. There are some delays but the opportunities are definitely increasing”, concluded Avinash.