Nutanix targets hybrid multicloud challenges with new Cloud Platform feature rollouts

As the demand for cloud data storage and compute solutions magnifies, organizations are asking questions about the different ways through which they can implement their cloud operations — with a particular emphasis on hybrid cloud.

Many organizations still prefer to hold back some of their workloads on-premises, which means a hybrid data environment. Nutanix Inc. has answered this call by creating hybrid cloud solutions that can simultaneously magnify the benefits of merging public and private cloud, while at the same time overcoming some of their drawbacks.

“When we talk to our customers, pretty much all of them agreed that for them, the ideal state that they want to be in is a hybrid world,” said Rajiv Mirani (pictured left), chief technology officer of Nutanix. “That they want to essentially be able to run both of those both on the private data center and the public cloud and have a common platform, common experience, common, skillset and the same people managing workloads across both locations.”

Because most cloud-focused enterprises don’t have the tooling to manage a common experience across various workload deployment styles, Nutanix is unveiling new technology in its Nutanix Cloud Platform to facilitate a fluid experience layered on top of its customers’ private and public cloud operations.

Mirani and Thomas Cornely (pictured right), senior vice president of product portfolio management at Nutanix, spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the .NEXT conference. They discussed Nutanix’s contributions in the sphere of hybrid cloud solutions, with an emphasis on the company’s new .NEXT product announcement. (* Disclosure below.)

Driving the hybrid multicloud niche forward

While organizations are aware of and welcome the potential benefits of cloud migration, a large portion are also reticent to make the move because of several “blockers,” one of which is the potential need (and subsequent effort required) to refactor workloads as they’re moved to the public cloud. The Nutanix platform mitigates this problem by creating a common tooling set that underpins both on-prem and cloud operations, according to Mirani.

These benefits also extend to personnel requirements. Most of Nutanix’s customers bemoan having to operate with two separate IT teams across on-prem and cloud needs, managing completely different sets of workloads with different technologies, according to Cornely. That practice isn’t a true hybrid cloud but rather an implementation of two separate, somewhat disjointed data silos, he added.

“Our vision is that you get to a point where both of these operate in the same manner, you’ve got the same people managing all of them, the same workloads anyway, but similar performance, similar SaaS. So they’re going to literally get to the point where applications and data can move back and forth. And that’s  where I think the real future is for hybrid,” Cornely stated.

Over the years, Nutanix has been making strategic investments toward the innovation, acquisitions and product portfolio necessary to operate its customers’ workload in a sustainable manner. With its Cloud Platform, that effort has culminated into a worthwhile result, according to Mirani and Cornely. The product is focused on providing the security, reliability and versatility required for workloads to move smoothly across the different deployment models in a hybrid cloud infrastructure — all while being cost-effective and requiring minimal oversight, Mirani concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the .NEXT conference. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the .NEXT conference. Neither Nutanix Inc., the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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