Cloud software provider Nutanix distinguished itself just over a decade ago by launching the first hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) cloud storage platform, a system that enables the distribution of applications and workloads on a cluster of storage hardware.
In 2021, Nutanix moved away from manufacturing hardware appliances and refocused on providing its software-defined storage products on a subscription basis – a business that has paid off for the company. just over $1 billion in revenue of the previous year.
Today, the scope of HCI vendors has expanded, so let’s take a look at what makes Nutanix an attractive solution:
Hybrid Cloud Offerings
- Distributed storage: Collocates data and applications to more efficiently distribute workload across servers. Data is stored dynamically using the fastest drives for the most active data.
- AHV Virtualization: License-free, enterprise-grade virtualization.
- Karbon Kubernetes Orchestration: Enterprise-grade Kubernetes management, enabling rapid deployment and scaling of containerized applications.
- Skip Disaster Recovery: Data recovery solution that claims to reduce storage footprint and network usage by up to 70%.
- Flow microsegmentation: Software-defined and application-oriented network segmentation to increase security against cyber threats and malware.
- Nutanix Clusters: Hybrid cloud architecture that seamlessly integrates application deployment across private and public cloud servers. Manageable from a single pane.
Unified Storage Offerings
- File storage: Simple storage, pay for what you use, quickly deployable and scalable.
- Object storage: S3-compatible, scalable, high-performance object storage.
- Volume block storage: Block storage that bridges virtual and physical workloads.
- Mining Backup Appliance: Turnkey data protection solution, with support for Amazon S3, public cloud storage and tape backups.
Nutanix’s partner program, Elevate, focuses on building an ecosystem for resellers, distributors, and managed service providers (MSPs) under a single architecture with a shared set of tools, resources, and platforms marketing.
“Elevate encompasses all the support and resources I could have asked for, including an overhaul of transaction registration processes that will enable our teams to successfully collaborate with Nutanix. It’s very comprehensive,” says an Elevate partner.
Elevation a hundreds of partners around the world, including the Japanese electronics company Ricoh, IT solutions giant Sirius, cloud computing solutions provider Revel Technology, IT provider CDW, and IT provider Fujisoft.
Nutanix Storage Software Use Cases
The Home Depot was faced with an aging IT infrastructure that was malfunctioning and costly to manage. Its legacy architecture was capacity constrained, and IT distributed workloads to new server modules until resources were depleted and application performance degraded.
To modernize its IT backend, The Home Depot opted for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. In addition to new applications developed in-house, Home Depot has integrated Oracle databases, Microsoft SQL servers, Cloud Foundry and other solutions managed by Nutanix’s single-pane platform. Prism Pro Computing Platform. The resulting consolidation of hardware and software reduced operating and capital costs, accelerated capacity delivery from three weeks to one hour, and simplified controls over all enterprise technology management through a single console.
“Nutanix not only converges technologies, but its software has allowed us to converge infrastructure, people and opportunities. By consolidating IT specialists into a single operations group, we can now see our environment end-to-end, work collaboratively, and make better decisions for the business,” said Kevin Priest, senior manager at Home Depot.
It was no small feat. The Home Depot employs more than 400,000 people in 2,200 storefronts across North America, and operates an e-commerce site that must integrate with every store, warehouse, transportation provider, and 3PL partner. By leveraging Nutanix HCI solutions, Home Depot moved its non-production and production workloads to a multi-cloud backend, reducing server expenses and cutting total cost of ownership nearly in half. This allowed Home Depot to consolidate its server, storage, and vitalization teams into a single group that handled operations.
Priest commends Nutanix for their fast and responsive support team and their ability to connect the customer with an experienced professional who understands the issue.
“With many IT providers, you go from having one person who is only there to route your call, to a second person who can take notes on your case, and then hopefully to another person who can resolve your problems. Nutanix has set the standard for what customer-centric technology support should look like,” says Priest.
Nutanix Storage Software User Reviews
Overall, users rate Nutanix with an average of 4.8/5 stars, with frequent praise for the ease of installation and reliability of the Nutanix software, according to User Reviews Gartner peer reviews.
Similarly, users give Nutanix an 8.9/10, noting its responsive support, ease of installation, and frequent updates, while acknowledging that Nutanix can be an expensive solution, according to TrustRadius reviews. .
users too compare Nutanix favorably to its competitors in terms of service offerings, according to Gartner Peer Insights reviews. Compared to Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition, Nutanix is considered to have better service and support and better assessment and outsourcing. Over HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix is preferred for its support and ease of integration and deployment. Similar sentiments are expressed when ranked against VMware, Cisco Hyperflex, and Red Hat HCI.
Industry Recognition of Nutanix
Nutanix has received several awards for its services. Among them:
- One of the “Top Four Support Websites” of 2021: ASP online
- Assigned by Gartner leader in the “Magic Quadrant” for its hyperconverged infrastructure software five years in a row.
- And the “Global Technology Partner of the Year” 2020: Palo Alto Networks
Nutanix in the software storage market
Software Defined Infrastructure was valued as a $12 billion industry in 2020, according to IDC. Using a software-only valuation and exempting hardware offerings (since Nutanix is now a software-only company), Nutanix assessed its market position as the industry leader, holding a quarter of the market share. Its closest competitors under this valuation are VMWare (15%) and IBM – Red Hat (10%), NetApp, Microsoft and all others making up the second half of the market.
Tonya Chin, senior vice president of corporate marketing and investor relations at Nutanix, reports that these findings, drawn from IDC’s numbers, are “the result of extensive work by IDC to completely reassess a market rapidly evolving. One that required rethinking the status quo to keep pace with technological innovation and sales. »
As part of the traditional, hardware-centric market assessment of Statistical, Dell has nearly a third of the hyperconverged systems market, with HPE second at 13.5% and Nutanix at 10.3%. IDC reports similar figures for the same year.