Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Now Available on Amazon Web Services

Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Now Available on Amazon Web Services
Nutanix Clusters enables seamless application migration and unified operations across clouds to help businesses accelerate their cloud journey with AWS

Johannesburg, South Africa – Aug. 11, 2020 – Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced general availability of Nutanix Clusters on AWS, extending the flexibility and ease of use of the company’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software, along with all Nutanix products and services, to bare metal Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With this announcement, Nutanix delivers hybrid cloud infrastructure — one that allows businesses to accelerate their digital initiatives and optimize spending, priorities further amplified in the age of COVID. Nutanix offers a single stack that integrates compute and storage, provides unified operations across private and public clouds, integrated networking with AWS, and license portability from private to public clouds, thus addressing key technical and operational challenges of the hybrid cloud era.

According to Gartner, by 2021, 90% of organizations will have deployed a multicloud or hybrid cloud model for their IT needs1. Companies require the flexibility of multiple clouds while they continue to struggle with the complexity, operational silos, and costs of managing private and public clouds. A unified solution that provides a consistent experience, tooling, and operational practices across clouds will allow companies to break down silos and reduce inefficiencies while enabling the advantage of flexibility to choose the right cloud for each workload.

With this announcement, Nutanix extends the simplicity and ease of use of its software to public cloud. This eliminates the cost and management complexity of hybrid environments and enables seamless mobility across private and public clouds without any rearchitecting of the apps due to built-in networking integration with AWS. Customers now have the flexibility to choose the right cloud environment for each application with the added benefit of license portability across clouds, which has a direct impact on cost and resource optimization.

Additionally, customers will be able to take advantage of the company’s full software stack on private and public cloud. This includes unstructured storage solutions Files, application orchestration solution Calm, database administration and automation solution Era, and more.

“We are excited to support an extension of a customer’s private cloud environment into AWS with the launch of Clusters on AWS. This provides customers the flexibility to get the most out of both their AWS and Nutanix environments,” said Doug Yeum, Head of Worldwide Channels and Alliances at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Customers now have an opportunity to take advantage of Nutanix Clusters on AWS to deploy adjacent to their cloud-native applications in AWS and fast track their digital transformation.”

Key features in Nutanix Clusters include:

Apps and Data Mobility: Nutanix Clusters solves a significant pain point for enterprises on their cloud journey by providing a seamless way to move legacy apps and data to the cloud. It enables mobility without needing to re-architect apps, something that can be extremely costly and time consuming.
Streamlined Operations with Unified Cloud Environment: Nutanix Clusters allows customers to create, manage, and orchestrate their infrastructure, as well as their applications, across private and public clouds, all through a single interface. Unlike competitive solutions that only offer siloed cloud management, Nutanix Clusters extends this to private and public cloud. This single stack removes the need for a separate team to manage each environment, or the re-skilling of teams, and also enables seamless app mobility across clouds.
Built-In Networking Integration with AWS: Thanks to built-in integration with the AWS networking layer, Nutanix Clusters delivers benefits in terms of ease of deployment and performance. The networking integration also allows customers to use their existing AWS accounts, including unused credits, virtual private clouds, and subnets. This enables a truly unified management plane across private and public cloud, and hugely simplifies the customer experience of managing a hybrid cloud environment.
Cloud Cost Optimization: In addition to addressing key technical and operational challenges with hybrid cloud environments, Clusters can provide significant cost savings to customers. This is achieved by removing the need for different teams to manage each cloud environment, eliminating the need for costly migrations for legacy applications, and providing a way to easily hibernate public cloud clusters with just one-click to help eliminate waste. Additionally, available portable licenses, flexible payment models, and increased visibility in cloud spend, through Xi Beam, allow businesses to optimize their cloud investments and truly choose the right cloud for each workload, without lock-in.
Freedom of Choice: Nutanix Clusters on AWS gives customers the choice to either reuse existing on-premises hardware or AWS credits when building out a hybrid environment. In addition, customers can also choose to bring the on-premises licenses or select a pay-as-you-go or Cloud Commit models.

Based on extensive research with customers, key use cases for Nutanix Clusters include:

Lift and Shift: Customers looking to move applications to the cloud, or consolidate their datacenters, can simply “lift and shift” them without any change. Clusters eliminates the need to re-architect applications, resulting in very significant cost and time savings to customers. Additionally, Nutanix Move provides application mobility between non-Nutanix solutions and Clusters to further simplify the process.
On-Demand Elasticity: Now customers can quickly scale capacity or expand to different regions in minutes by bursting into public clouds to support seasonal demands, changing priorities, and more. This is especially beneficial when speed is of the essence and adding capacity is a lengthy process, like expanding VDI resources.
Business Continuity: Customers can now leverage AWS for high availability and disaster recovery without adding complexity arising from managing cloud environments or a stand-alone disaster recovery solution.
Cloud Native Services: Customers can use cloud-native services with existing on-premises applications without expensive re-architecting. This results in easily modernizing existing applications by taking advantage of cloud native services like artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, and more to advance customers’ digital initiatives.

“On behalf of our customers, we have always worked to make IT so simple that it’s invisible,” said Tarkan Maner, Chief Commercial Officer at Nutanix. “As the industry evolved, our focus has expanded beyond the datacenter to help our customers manage the complexity of multiple clouds, whether private or public. Nutanix Clusters on AWS is the realization of this vision. This enables complete flexibility by allowing businesses to write code once and use it anywhere, taking advantage of scale, location, integration, and pricing of multiple options – this is the true vision of hybrid cloud.”

Nutanix customers shared:

“At Penn National Insurance, we were looking for a new solution to support our VDI workloads to ensure business continuity if our primary datacenter suffers from a disaster event. Nutanix Clusters allows us to easily create a hybrid and multicloud environment spanning our Nutanix datacenter and AWS, so that we can very rapidly burst capacity in AWS when we need to quickly restore our workloads from a backup,” said Craig Wiley, Senior Infrastructure Systems Architect at Penn National Insurance. “On top of the flexibility that this solution provides, the ability to use our existing AWS networking setup made the Nutanix Clusters deployment very easy while delivering the expected performance. Now, we know we can expand VDI capacity with one-click and hibernate our hybrid cloud workloads when not in use, so we only pay for the capacity we need.”

“The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia’s national statistical agency, responsible for, among other things, the Australian Census. The Census is Australia’s largest peacetime logistical operation, and the increased IT demand needed to support this Census project is one of the main reasons we looked at hybrid cloud platforms. They provide the flexibility and agility needed to adapt to significant spikes in demand,” said Julian Doak, CISO at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “We were already Nutanix customers, running our VDI and analytical workloads in our datacenter, and also use AWS. A single cloud solution to manage multiple clouds will make it easier to scale our IT needs. Nutanix Clusters provides a seamless way to burst capacity into public clouds to increase our VDI workloads when needed to support Census activities, while knowing all our apps will just work – without needing to repackage or rearchitect them.”

Nutanix Clusters on AWS is currently available to customers in 20 AWS Regions. In addition to being able to easily use their existing portable Nutanix licenses, customers will be able to choose between Cloud Commit and pay-as-you-go models. To learn more about Nutanix Clusters on AWS, its use cases, or to Test Drive it visit here or join the special announcement event.

About Nutanix

Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making computing invisible anywhere. Companies around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location at any scale for their private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. 

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Nutanix Connect webinar series on leading and supporting your business

Nutanix Connect webinar series on leading and supporting
your business

Nutanix Connect provides information presented by industry experts, supported by customers, and tied together with interactive tools

Johannesburg, South Africa, May 20, 2020
– Nutanix Sub-Saharan Africa is pleased to announce the launch of Nutanix Connect, an online event series hosted by industry expert, Professor Herman Singh from the Future Advisory on the BrightTalk platform, as well as Paul Ruinaard, Regional Sales Director of Nutanix SSA and an expert panel.

This online series has been designed to help customers, partners and business professionals cut through the muddle of  misinformation and ensure attendees are armed with the industry knowledge needed to embrace technology in the ever-changing business landscape. Each session homes in on a relevant industry topic that is then unpacked and explored by Herman Singh, a business leader, a customer, and a Nutanix’s expert panel. All sharing their experiences and providing advice on how best to approach restructuring the modern workspace in a safe, financially viable and functional way.

“At Nutanix we realise that it’s vital that we do our best to ensure that our organisation doesn’t merely maintain business continuity – but also stays relevant in a changing customer and consumer landscape. This is particularly relevant in this new world of remote workers, cloud file systems, and SaaS-based apps,” said Paul Ruinaard, Regional Sales Director Sub-Saharan
Africa at Nutanix. “Through the Nutanix Connect webinars, we aim to offer our customers answers and solutions to help empower them to meet their IT and business needs, as well as understand them better at the same time. These sessions are so much more than just technology sessions, they provide true, valuable business insights too.” 

Sessions in Nutanix Connect series includes: 

Is the Office Dead?
Firms with large headquarters could be left with white elephants and even the way that visitors are managed could make face to face encounters impractical. In this session, how to think about these questions and a brace for impact will be explored.

Date: 18 June 2020

How Important is Mobility if You Cannot Move?
In this Nutanix Connect session, Professor Herman Singh is set to expand on mobility from a business perspective. He is set to touch on how mobility has impacted all aspects of a company’s operations, and the value in adapting quickly to mobile needs in a time where we are required to be connected remotely.

Date: 1 July 2020

Leading with Confidence
In this session, Professor Herman Singh will provide a broader view on not only the workplace, but the world we live in changing as we know it. He will evaluate just how challenging it may be to continue to inspire and lead teams effectively over the long term.  

Date: 15 July 2020 

Professor Herman Singh is the CEO of Future Advisory, an international firm specialising in digital transformation projects in corporates, and startup acceleration. Singh graduated from Wits at the age of 19 with a four-year Engineering degree and holds two postgrad qualifications. He was appointed managing director at a Barlows factory at the age of 28 and served as a managing director of Siemens’ Industry Division. He later joined Standard Bank as the director of e-commerce and online services, before being appointed director of IT planning and CEO of the bank’s Innovation Hub Beyond Payments. In 2013 he joined MTN as managing executive of m-Commerce and until recently held the role of CDO.

“In light of the current global pandemic, business lockdowns, and shifting economics, we as business professionals are all inundated with messaging of how IT has changed for good. How remote working, clouds, and SaaS apps are now the new normal. But how does this affect your IT teams, your business, and the decisions you need to make your business future-proof as well as stay ahead of mega-trends while still being able to spin up the services you need to?” says Singh. 

“It is a balancing act and it is only through the collective sharing of information and insights that we will as businesses be able to stay ahead of this game.”

Participation is free and customers, partners and media can register at

About Nutanix

Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making computing invisible anywhere. Companies around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location at any scale for their private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. 

© 2020 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Nutanix logo, and all Nutanix product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). This release may contain links to external websites that are not part of Nutanix does not control these sites and disclaims all responsibility for the content or accuracy of any external site. Our decision to link to an external site should not be considered an endorsement of any content on such a site.

Interview: Nutanix Xi Frame desktop-as-a-service offering now in SA

Enterprise cloud computing specialist Nutanix this week launched its desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering in the South African market – an opportune time given the Covid-19 pandemic and the work-from-home measures currently in place.

To discuss the launch of Xi Frame and what it means for local enterprises, TechCentral is joined in this promoted episode of the podcast by Paul Ruinaard, regional sales director, Craigh Stuart, chief technology officer, and Andrew Senior, cloud architect, all at Nutanix in sub-Saharan Africa.

The conversation starts with Ruinaard defining the DaaS market and how it’s evolved. Stuart then discusses the history of Xi Frame up to its acquisition in 2018 by Nutanix.

Listen to the podcast

The announcement means that South African customers will now be able to deliver virtual apps and desktops to clients no matter where they are, provisioned via the public cloud or hosted within their Nutanix-powered data centre.

“It is going to be very hard for businesses to put the work-from-home genie back in the bottle, which has created the requirement for virtual workspaces that can safely and seamlessly integrate with companies’ data, applications and storage environments,” said Ruinaard about the South African launch of the technology solution.

“Xi Frame is a proven technology that has enjoyed extensive success globally. Now, with the local launch, we are providing South African businesses with a multi-cloud DaaS offering that will deliver the flexibility needed to better manage and deploy remote desktops, helping customers build better business resiliency for their organisations, today and beyond the current pandemic.”

Xi Frame is available for on-premises use or through the local Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services data centres.

Listen to the podcast discussion to learn more about how Xi Frame works in practice, its security and authentication model, and why DaaS technology is set to gain much greater traction in the future – and not only because of Covid-19.



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Counting the cost of the cloud

Forget about the opportunities that innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of things can provide through hyperscale computing. The most important factor influencing South African decision makers when it comes to the cloud is cost.

In the recent Enterprise Cloud Index Report, released by Nutanix, it can be seen that over the past 12 months, many local companies have done an about-turn when it comes to how they approach the cloud. When the cloud first factored into the corporate agenda many years ago, the focus was on making the transition as quickly as possible to extract the best cost (and security) benefits.

But in the rush to become part of the “cloud club”, decision makers neglected to build the move around traditional business practices. In other words, they wanted to move so much they paid very little attention to the optimal configuration of their public cloud infrastructure and even whether there were real cost benefits to be had.

Fast-forward to the present and South Africa has joined other parts of the world in taking a step back to evaluate the efficacy of the cloud and examining the merits of rather going the hybrid route. This has been made possible as a result of the experiences gained in the public environment and adjusting their thinking given the maturity of the cloud market.

Many companies are realising that the decision-making process is more nuanced than simply moving to public cloud to save money on upfront capital costs. Those initial returns, though substantial, may not persevere long-term, depending on the nature of the workload in the cloud, the fluctuating pricing landscape and other factors.

Expense management

Moreover, the hybrid cloud model, which will afford dynamic choice about where to run each workload, has been earmarked as the ideal IT environment going forward.

But this does not necessarily mean it will be a straightforward transition. Given the lessons learnt in adopting the public cloud too quickly, there is an understandable level of hesitance as businesses re-evaluate where they can get the best returns whether that is on cost, security, performance or something else.

Unlike many other countries where the focus is on security and compliance from a cloud perspective, local companies tend to remain focused on cost. This should hardly come as a surprise given how many businesses have gone over budget with their public cloud spend. It has now become a case of once bitten, twice shy.

Having a lower total cost of ownership as the primary benefit of the cloud remains front and centre in the hearts, if not the minds, of decision makers. And this is despite the unforeseen costs associated with going the public cloud route.

A hybrid selection

Because of this, it makes sense that going the hybrid route is an enticing option for those who have experience with the public cloud. A hybrid environment not only provides for interoperability between cloud types, it also empowers companies to choose the best cost model for each workload.

For cost-conscious South African businesses, this is proving to be too good a combination to pass up. Add in additional benefits such as data security and compliance with continually evolving regulatory requirements, and the hybrid cloud becomes a fundamental part of any ICT strategy in the coming months and years.

In many respects, hybrid equals control. Unlike the public cloud where businesses entrust all aspects of their IT infrastructure to a third party, going hybrid means they can adjust their requirements as they see fit and use elements of the cloud on a needs-basis.Going hybrid ensures the company can keep its critical data in a private environment while still being able to quickly leverage the computational power of the cloud to increase operational capacity. This makes it ideal for organisations of all sizes to use the likes of AI, machine learning, automation and so on. Suddenly, an SME can compete with an enterprise in a more affordable and effective way.

Even though there might not be an immediate move toward hybrid environments, this will start developing naturally over the course of the next three to four years. Each organisation has different requirements, but in a cost-sensitive market such as South Africa, this will remain the golden thread driving cloud decision-making at least for the foreseeable future.

  • Paul Ruinaard is country manager at Nutanix sub-Saharan Africa
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Interview: Nutanix speaks out on cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure

In this promoted episode of the podcast, TechCentral is joined by Nutanix vice president for customer success Pai Venugopal and regional sales director Paul Ruinaard for a discussion on hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, and its importance in enterprise cloud computing.

In the podcast, Venugopal talks about the Nasdaq-listed company’s focus, where it’s positioned in the market and why HCI has become a hot-button topic in enterprise IT — particularly as companies consider their options around cloud.

Venugopal and Ruinaard talk about the somewhat surprising findings a new global survey, Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud Index, the results of which were released this week at the company’s .NEXT on Tour event in Johannesburg, and why companies are again looking to on-premise and hybrid solutions in favour of a wholesale shift to the public cloud.

Ruinaard talks about what the survey says about local enterprise customers in the context of the global results and the discussions he’s typically having with them.

Interestingly, for 60% of enterprises, security is the biggest factor in their cloud decisions.

Don’t miss the discussion!