.NEXT Washington 2017 - here’s everything you missed

By Bert Arnauts

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From June 28 to June 30, 2017, Nutanix held its annual .NEXT conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC, USA. The central theme of the conference, ‘One-OS, One-Click’, tied in neatly with Nubera’s own ‘Any IT Service, Any Platform, Single Click’ vision, so evidently we were very curious as to what to expect. Over the course of two and a half days, Nutanix execs and engineering leaders, walked the nearly 4,000 attendees through a rich set of news and announcements, including Nutanix Calm, Nutanix Xi Cloud Services and the strategic alliance with Google Cloud. Read all about it here.

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Nutanix made two major product and technology announcements that fit perfectly into the ‘One-OS, One-Click’ theme of this year’s conference. Nutanix Calm and Xi Cloud services mark significant steps towards the realization of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud vision – delivering a true cloud experience for any application, in any deployment model, using an open platform approach. At Nubera, we are very excited about this move as it perfectly captures our baseline ‘Any IT Service, Any Platform, Single Click’.

Nutanix Calm at .NEXT Washington

Calm provides automation and lifecycle management for multi-tiered and distributed applications on Nutanix and public clouds. Building on their web-scale software platform to make the entire IT infrastructure more agile and application centric, Calm aims to automate all aspects of how applications are created, consumed and governed across the infrastructure stack. How? By melding application-level orchestration with a cloud-driven infrastructure.

App blueprints allow developers to model applications in a logical and visual construct, capturing all elements of each application, including VMs, related binaries, sequence of operations and configurations. Blueprints are created using a visually-compelling UI that dramatically simplifies the process of defining and automating lifecycle operations. Blueprints can be published directly to end users through the Nutanix Marketplace and deployed in either the enterprise cloud or a public environment.

Calm will be integrated into the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, and delivered via Prism.

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Nutanix Xi Cloud Services

Xi Cloud Services will provide a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, delivering an integrated cloud environment with a range of cloud services. Utilizing access to the entire infrastructure stack, Xi Cloud Services will enable IT teams to extend their environment beyond traditional datacenter boundaries to a native cloud environment that can be instantly provisioned and automatically configured using the same Cloud OS constructs as your Enterprise Cloud.

The first Xi Cloud Service that will be available is Xi Disaster Recovery (DR), an integrated service that rapidly and intelligently protects the applications and data in your Nutanix environment without the need to purchase and maintain a separate infrastructure stack. Customers will be able to simply select VMs for protection, choose one of several subscription plans and setup protection – all from within Prism. The VMs will then be replicated in the background, ready to be recovered in the public environment in the event of a site failure.

Xi DR is planned to be offered for early access in 2018.

Nutanix teaming up with Google Cloud

Nutanix also announced a strategic partnership with Google to help remove friction from hybrid cloud deployments for enterprises. The alliance will provide customers with great options to deploy and manage both cloud-based and traditional enterprise applications as a unified public cloud service by blending the Nutanix environment with Google Cloud Platform.

Other interesting announcements:

  • Near Sync Replication: optimization will allow as low as 1-minute RPO configurations without restrictions on latency or distance.
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  • Software Data at Rest Encryption: will provide the ability for Acropolis Distributed Software Fabric to encrypt all data without the need for specialized and higher-cost SED drives.
  • One- and Two-Node ROBO: bringing the Nutanix value to even the smallest edge sites, Nutanix will also support one- and two-node clusters in our upcoming release.

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By Bert Arnauts on 10 - 08 - 2017

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