Nutanix is broadening the firm's hyperconverged platform to make it more suitable as an all-purpose IT infrastructure, adding support for applications running in containers and on physical servers, as well as a jointly engineered solution that will see a version of Microsoft's Cloud Platform System based on Nutanix.
Announced at the firm's .Next conference in Las Vegas, some of the updates will be delivered in July with the upcoming version 4.7 of the Acropolis Base Software, formerly known as Nutanix Operating System, that powers the company's hyperconverged appliance hardware.
These updates are designed to expand Nutanix infrastructure beyond just providing a platform for operating virtual machines.
The most notable new capabilities are Acropolis Container Services (ACS) and Acropolis Block Services (ABS), updates to the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric that serves as the software-defined storage layer in the Nutanix platform.
ACS enables the Nutanix platform to provide persistent storage support for applications and services deployed in containers, allowing it to run emerging cloud-native workloads and DevOps environments where adoption of containers and microservices is growing.
Meanwhile, ABS provides for non-virtualised enterprise workloads such as Oracle and IBM's DB2 database platforms to make use of the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric on Nutanix clusters. This can deliver high performance and availability in place of a storage area network.
Nutanix has also added updates to the Prism management platform to provide self-service capabilities, enabling developers and other users to directly provision resources required for new applications and the associated infrastructure.
Prism will be upgraded in the future with scenario-based modelling to show administrators how changes to the IT environment will affect application performance and availability.
Prism will also allow Nutanix customers with a mixed estate to manage VMware environments from the same console, the firm said.
Nutanix seems to see its infrastructure underpinning other platforms. New OpenStack drivers enable organisations to build a private cloud using the open source framework and Nutanix-based infrastructure.
The firm is readying a jointly engineered version of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), which is intended to provide a turnkey cloud-in-a-box solution that is consistent with Microsoft's Azure public cloud, making hybrid cloud operation easier. Microsoft CPS on Nutanix will be available by July, the firm said.
"Nutanix is the only company that is elevating IT to safely and rapidly deliver virtual, physical and next-generation cloud-native workloads on a single, simple and intelligent platform that partners can extend and customers can truly rely on," said Nutanix chief product and development officer Sunil Potti.
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