Hyperconverged solutions: Traction and trends
In terms of IT environment, leading countries in ASEAN have made significant progress. According to Nutanix’s ASEAN Managing Director, Lim Pun Kok, in particular, Singapore has been recently ranked number one in World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015 in Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which measures 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICTs.
A recent study by IDC estimates that the cloud sector in the Asia Pacific region is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 67.9 percent, which is more than the predicted growth of 54.6 percent in North America. Fuelling this growth is a shift in four key areas – namely the cloud, analytics, mobility, and social business.
Lim said, “The year 2014 has been a crucial year for the converged infrastructure. Enterprises are now moving towards solutions which offer easy alignment with the legacy systems and greater agility, security, simplicity and scale. “Web-scale infrastructure enables governments and enterprises to respond rapidly to growth changes and demands faster than as ever previously possible with legacy IT technology.”
The current state
Today, many business applications run on traditional storage and virtualisation products that are time consuming to deploy, expensive to manage, difficult to scale and challenging to migrate from.
Enterprises need infrastructure that delivers cloud-like scalability, resiliency, agility and flexibility – but with lower costs, better application service levels, and trusted security.
Lim said, “Nutanix web-scale solutions deliver the agility and economics of public cloud infrastructures, but with the control and security of an on-premise infrastructure.”
He also described the Nutanix hyperconverged solution as an ideal, pay-as-you grow solution for server virtualisation.
In summary, using a web-scale architecture that integrates compute and storage resources into a 100% software-defined appliance, Nutanix empowers both large and small IT organisations to efficiently consolidate and run all virtualised workloads on a single system
Getting legacy IT ready for current trends
Nutanix just recently unveiled its next-generation Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) to deliver invisible infrastructure, enabling IT teams to focus on what matters to them – the applications and services that power their business.
“This is comprised of two comprehensive product families, Nutanix Acropolis and Nutanix Prism, XCP enables application independence from infrastructure with an advanced app mobility feature, native virtualisation and consumer-grade search capability. These innovations greatly simplify the data center, reduce costs and enhance IT service delivery,” Lim said.
IDC credits Nutanix as a key player with a 52 percent share of hyperconverged revenue during the first half of 2014. According to Lim, “With over 200 partners worldwide, Nutanix is sold 100% through the channel and relies on this go-to-market strategy to educate IT on the value of its hyperconverged solutions, grow mindshare, and communicate to IT teams on how Nutanix helps to reduce risk without compromising performance.”
Nutanix has also formed a strategic partnership with Dell to significantly expand access and distribution of Nutanix’s solution with Dell’s hardware, services and marketing, as well as accelerate adoption of web-scale converged infrastructure in the enterprise.
The new Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances is built with Nutanix software running on Dell PowerEdge servers, and will deliver high-performance converged infrastructure ideal for powering a broad spectrum of popular enterprise use cases, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), virtualised business applications, multi-hypervisor environments and more.