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Nutanix offers hypervisor as it moves towards on-demand hardware

Nutanix aims to offer public cloud economics for private cloud deployments

Nutanix has taken the first steps in bringing pay-per-use cloud computing to private cloud deployments.

The converged infrastructure company has introduced a hypervisor called Acropolis, which runs on its converged infrastructure, enabling businesses to grow their private cloud footprint in the same way they have been able to grow their storage with Nutanix.

Acropolis supports virtualisation and application mobility, and works with Citrix, Microsoft and Linux workloads.

“Building on our foundations of web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design, we will make virtualisation as invisible as we’ve made storage and elevate enterprise IT expectations yet again,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO and founder of Nutanix.

Greg Smith, senior director of product and technical marketing at Nutanix, added: “We want to bring the simplicity, economics and agility of public cloud into private cloud.”

While Nutanix has previously focused on making enterprise storage easy to update, going forward, Smith said: “We are removing guesswork and constraints, elevating the IT team to focus on the applications to drive the business.”

Nutanix offers a pay-as-you-grow cloud consumption model. Smith said the company’s customers pay for additional central processing unit (CPU) resources and storage as and when they need it. 

“Going forward we will look at subscription for various components,” added Smith.

Nutanix has been gaining ground as a replacement for traditional datacentre servers. 

In March, Fitness First announced it had migrated its traditional datacentre installation from Amsterdam to converged infrastructure based on Nutanix hardware hosted at Telecity. 

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Surrey County Council has also started offering connectivity, cloud, virtualisation and application hosting services to not only its own organisation, but to other local government and healthcare organisations across the region using Nutanix.

The benefits of converged infrastructure include easier, more predictable hardware upgrading. In January Surrey County Council CIO Paul Brocklehurst told Computer Weekly: “This platform helps us to share IT in a commercially viable way. We can move a lot quicker and it is easier to deploy.”

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