Nutanix is introducing a new way for enterprise customers to procure its converged compute and storage appliances when deploying virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), by allowing them to purchase on a per-desktop basis, the same way that software is sold.
The firm, one of the fastest-growing providers of infrastructure for new-build cloud and virtualisation projects, said procuring server and storage for VDI deployments can be problematic. This is because any miscalculation regarding the resources required can lead to an unsatisfactory user experience.
Anjan Srinivas, senior director for Product Management at Nutanix, said on the firm's blog: "Customers typically expect their solution providers to offer a per-desktop VDI price that is lower than that of a physical PC. This means in order to get to a target per-desktop dollar amount, solution providers must undersize the compute and storage requirements to fit the customer's budget."
However, further down the road, this causes infrastructure that was supposed to provide sufficient resources for a large number of virtual desktops to start to collapse when serving just a few fully loaded users, Srinivas claimed.
To address this, the firm is introducing the VDI Per Desktop programme, allowing customers to purchase Nutanix products on a per-desktop basis when deploying VDI. As part of the same scheme, Nutanix is offering what it calls VDI Assurance under which it will size the server and storage infrastructure to suit a customer's requirements, based on multiple tiers of user profile such as task, knowledge or power user.
"Nutanix will supply sufficient infrastructure to meet the VDI demands. And we won't just deliver the infrastructure – we will stand by and deliver on the resource assurance that we have promised. In case the infrastructure falls short on delivering the necessary resource SLAs, Nutanix can quickly and seamlessly upgrade the software or add more appliance capacity as needed," Srinivas said.
The modular building-block design of the Nutanix platform enables it to easily scale out to meet increased demands, according to the firm. Each appliance combines an x86 server with its own internal tiered storage, and these are clustered together with the Nutanix OS (NOS).
Nutanix already supports VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM, the three most commonly deployed hypervisors used for virtualised infrastructure.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago