Nutanix Cloud Platform breaks down silos in hybrid multicloud operations

Nutanix will announce new features in the Nutanix Cloud Platform, including the launch of AOS version 6 software, to help enterprises build modern, software-defined data centers and speed their hybrid multicloud deployments. With AOS 6, enterprises get powerful built-in virtual compute and networking functionality that otherwise would require specialized hardware, software, and skills to implement a secure business continuity and disaster recovery strategy. Most importantly, due to the integrated nature of the Nutanix Cloud Platform, all functionality is managed through a single interface, significantly decreasing operational overhead.

 

Simplified Virtual Private Cloud Across Hybrid Multicloud

 

Nutanix now delivers Flow Networking - a Network Virtualization offering on the AHV hypervisor that enables customers to simplify their networking through a software-defined single pane of glass management. Enterprises and service providers can now easily create Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) to offer their users a cloud-like agility with minimal dependency on hardware switches and routers. 

 

Flow Networking also offers VPN capabilities which allow customers to bridge and extend their virtual networks to any public and private cloud infrastructure. Ability to provision cloud connectivity on demand, without needing dedicated physical appliances and other complex configurations, further reduce cost and simplify operations for the customers.

 

Expanded Access for Enterprise-Grade Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

 

Customers adopting the Nutanix Cloud Platform with AOS 6 will gain access to new Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) capabilities previously only found in specialized solutions. Built into AOS 6 is end-to-end encryption for all DR traffic, the ability to leverage the public cloud as a secondary site, native metro clustering support for the built-in AHV hypervisor enabling automatic failover in the event of a disaster. In addition, a new DR dashboard provides a comprehensive view into customers’ DR configuration and status across primary and secondary sites. These capabilities enable enterprises to eliminate specialized DR hardware and software, reduce licensing costs, improve recovery time, simplify their operations, and potentially eliminate expensive hot-standby secondary sites. It enables mid-size companies that might not have had the budget or skills to implement robust DR capabilities to better protect their businesses from disasters.

 

 

Automated Zero-Trust Security Policies

 

More and more organizations are looking to adopt a Zero-Trust approach to security, but developing policies that are both efficient and effective can be a significant hurdle, particularly for environments that span public and private clouds. Upcoming features in the Nutanix Cloud Platform, as part of the Flow Security Central SaaS platform, eliminate this common challenge by automatically creating Flow microsegmentation policies through a machine learning-based planning engine that analyzes an organization’s network traffic and recommends security policies to protect virtual-machine workloads against potential attacks.

 

 

Additionally, enhanced protection in Nutanix Files will help detect and prevent against 4000+ known ransomware attack signatures with the ability to deliver new signatures dynamically. Finally, Nutanix AOS, AHV, and Files products are now approved for placement on the Department of Defense Information Network Approved Products List (APL) after successfully completing rigorous cybersecurity and interoperability testing.

 

Nutanix Cloud Platform to Deliver Strengthened Data Services for Unstructured and Structured Data

 

Focus on Performance, Scale, Mobility and Governance for Objects, Files and Databases

 

Nutanix will announce new capabilities in the Nutanix Cloud Platform that make it easier for customers to simplify data management, and optimize database and big data workload performance for the most critical applications. The Nutanix Cloud Platform will deliver unstructured data tiering from on-premises to cloud, up to a 2x storage performance increase for database workloads and 3x for big data workloads without requiring complex reconfiguration, as well as Nutanix Data Lens, a new unstructured data governance service. In addition, database service Nutanix Era delivers one-click storage scaling and rich role based access control for database management across hybrid multicloud environments.

 

 

Specifically, Nutainx will announce:

 

Increased performance for databases and big data workloads

 

Customers looking to modernize their IT infrastructure and run large scale databases will be able to easily do so without requiring complex changes in their databases’ storage configuration, resulting in up to a 2x performance increase. Customers will also be able to benefit from lower storage latency by taking advantage of hardware advances such as Intel® Optane™ technology combined with Nutanix’s preferential data placement.

 

In addition, Nutanix is making it vastly simpler to run data analytics workloads, including Hadoop® and SAS® Grid workloads. A new replication factor storage mode in the Nutanix platform results in up to 3x faster data processing while reducing costs. Finally, Nutanix Objects™, the company’s S3 compatible object storage solution, supports high-performance petabyte-scale storage for building data lakes. Customers working with modern analytics applications, such as Apache Spark™, will benefit from dramatically increased query and large batch processing performance with S3 Select and optimized S3A support.

 

Simplified storage scaling and governance for databases

 

Nutanix’s database service, Era, manages the most popular database engines like PostgreSQL®, MySQL®, Microsoft® SQL Server, and Oracle® Database across hybrid multicloud environments. With Era, customers can easily and quickly scale database storage online, turning days or weeks of work into a one-click operation. Additionally, customers can easily implement their security and compliance policies through support for role based access control, as well as securely share access to databases and database management operations. Lastly, Era supports multi-region failover capabilities, delivering increased resilience through a highly available database-as-a-service.

 

Mobility and governance for unstructured data across clouds

 

Nutanix announced Nutanix Data Lens, a new cloud service designed to empower customers to manage their unstructured data growth and help protect their data against security risks. By providing a global view with insights into unstructured data stored on Nutanix unified storage一whether on-premises or in the public cloud一including access patterns, data age, data types and more, Nutanix Data Lens will simplify data lifecycle management as well as protect against ransomware attacks by detecting and blocking suspicious files and alerting on anomalous activity.

 

Additionally, Nutanix will help customers manage unstructured data growth, with native support for data tiering to Nutanix Objects, AWS S3, and Azure blob storage, as well as to manage disaster recovery for file shares on Nutanix Files with 1-min Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and self-service restore.