Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Shrinks Data Center Footprint
With a growing number of business critical legacy applications already certified to run on its hyper-converged – and tightly specified – systems, #Nutanix is now eyeing the enterprise need for more elasticity for these apps. And it sees the MSPs as obvious partners to deliver the same #hyperconvergence, with added elasticity, in the cloud.
With a growing number of business critical legacy applications already certified to run on its hyper-converged – and tightly specified – systems, Nutanix is now eyeing the enterprise need for more elasticity for these apps. And it sees the MSPs as obvious partners to deliver the same hyper-convergence, with added elasticity, in the cloud.
Is there room, or indeed a need, for a new type of cloud service on the block? Well, according to Sunil Potti, the Chief Product and Development Officer at hyper-converged computing specialist, Nutanix, there most definitely is.
In most peoples’ minds there are already three types of cloud. There is the public cloud, the production model if you like, for smaller businesses, the highly elastic applications of enterprise users, and applications development, DevOps and the like.
Then there is the on-premises (perhaps with a bit of co-location thrown in) private cloud, where large enterprises try for the best of both worlds – on-premise elasticity. Indeed, Potti prefers to call private clouds on-premise public clouds, so in his view that is only two types of the same cloud.
The third cloud type – hybrid – is itself arguably just an amalgam of the other two, so maybe there is really only one cloud in the end. But Potti does see the need for a different, enterprise-specific – type of cloud that offers them a specific type of service. It is a service type for which a delivery vehicle – the Managed Service Provider (MSP) community is perfectly suited:
My opinion is that there is a new type of cloud, an ‘AWS Inside the enterprise’, coming through. Now the on-prem enterprise guys want to use the exact same tooling and environments wherever their applications run.
Even with established business critical legacy applications there is a growing need for some elasticity in the resources available.
There are two factors in play here. One, these applications continue to deliver value to the business, rather than be pensioned off and replaced by new alternatives; and two, developments such as hyperconverged architectures now offer the potential to allow such applications to move into faster, cloud-deliverable environments.