Keen to cement a reputation for its work in the enterprise cloud space, ‘webscale’ hypervisor computing specialist Nutanix has formed a new alliance with Google to build and operate hybrid clouds that combine private cloud architectures and (more scalable) public cloud environments.
Joint Nutanix Google customers will be able to deploy and manage both cloud-based and traditional enterprise applications as a unified public cloud service, while blending the Nutanix environment with Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Google and Nutanix now provide ‘one click’ hybrid operations for Nutanix Calm for GCP (Google Cloud Platform) — this will provide ‘a single control plane’ for managing applications between GCP and Nutanix cloud environments.
Repeatable app blueprints
According to Nutanix, traditional and cloud-native applications can be provisioned into GCP or Nutanix cloud environments with a single click… and migrated between the two cloud environments. With Nutanix Calm, applications are modelled into (simple) repeatable app blueprints that can be triggered with a single click and then migrated across Nutanix and GCP environments.
“Hybrid cloud needs be a two-way street,” said Sudheesh Nair, president, Nutanix. “The strategic alliance with Google demonstrates our commitment to simplify operations for our customers with a single enterprise cloud OS across both private and public clouds – with ubiquity, extensibility and intuitive design.”
Also part of this news, Nutanix Xi Cloud Services on GCP are now supposed to enable Nutanix customers to natively extend their datacentre environment into GCP and provide what the firm is calling ‘a unified fabric’ that will be able to deliver both traditional Mode 1 and modern Mode 2 applications to make lift-and-shift operations between private and public clouds easier.
Mode 1 and modern Mode 2 apps
This term comes from magical analyst house Gartner whose wizards have suggested that Mode 1 apps are ‘traditional terrestrial pre-cloud era’ applications and that, logically, Mode 2 applications are those in the post-cloud era.
Finally here, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS with built-in support for Kubernetes will enable container-based applications to be deployed, managed and scaled in a Nutanix Enterprise Cloud.
A joint solution combining Kubernetes, Google Container Engine (GKE) and Acropolis Container Services (ACS) are positioned as a means of providing an enterprise-grade environment for containers, including scalable persistent storage services for stateful application workloads.