BlogNutanix .NEXT 2018 – Conference Summary and Wrap Up

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At this year’s Nutanix .NEXT conference, freedom was the primary theme—the freedom to build, to invent, to choose, to play, and to do more for our organizations. There were a lot of great takeaways from the event. Here are some key highlights.

Nutanix Beam 

This is Nutanix’s first ever Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, which delivers multi-cloud governance so customers can manage their spending, security, and regulatory compliance across almost any cloud platform. Beam provides in-depth analysis of exactly how organizations are consuming public cloud computing solutions.  Beam is based on Nutanix’s Minjar Botmetric service, which is already managing more than $1 billion of cloud spending across AWS and Microsoft Azure. Nutanix acquired Minjar Botmetric in March.

View the keynote session recording: https://youtu.be/jvsTVjrw3sU?t=52m32s

Nutanix Flow 

Flow is the Nutanix software-defined networking (SDN) offering designed for multi-cloud environments. Flow provides application-centric security to protect against internal and external threats that are undetected by traditional perimeter-oriented security products. As enterprises are turning to cloud-based infrastructure for modern business applications, protecting the application requires Flow’s micro-segmentation capabilities.

It includes automating network provisioning and managing, but most notably, native micro-segmentation services that govern traffic between individual applications to protect those applications against both internal and external threats. Flow is built into Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS, so there is no separate product to install, manage, or upgrade – it’s completely built-in and managed through PRISM.

View the keynote session recording: https://youtu.be/jvsTVjrw3sU?t=1h39m23s

Netsil  

In March, Nutanix acquired Netsil, an application discovery and operations management startup. Nutanix is integrating Netsil’s advanced stream processing and application discovery and mapping technology into Nutanix Flow to simplify security policy definition for applications running in both public and private clouds.

This will allow Nutanix to discover the applications in the environment and all the interdependency relationships between individual services. With this information, Nutanix can define and enforce very fine-grained application security policies all the way down to individual database calls, API endpoints, etc. The combination of Nutanix Flow, Nutanix Calm, and the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform offer a view into the tightly integrated, purpose-built Enterprise Cloud platform with a single “One OS, One Click” experience that’s starting to come to fruition.

Nutanix Era 

Nutanix Era provides automated database provisioning and lifecycle management. The solution extends the Enterprise Cloud OS software stack beyond core IaaS capabilities for private cloud environments to platform-layer services that will bring one-click simplicity to database operations.

This is a native built-in service that allows Nutanix operators to provision a new database instance using the database engine of their choice, then they can manage that database throughout its lifecycle—beyond provisioning to restoring the database, upgrading it, and scaling it. Era provides copy data management services to help reduce the cost of managing multiple copies of databases across organizations. The services currently support Oracle and Postgres database engines with planned support for other vendors’ databases in the future.

View the keynote session recording: https://youtu.be/jvsTVjrw3sU?t=2h25m34s

Xi Cloud Services 

Xi Cloud Services provide a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Leveraging a common infrastructure stack and a single point of control, Xi Cloud Services uniquely enables IT teams to extend their environment beyond traditional data center boundaries to an integrated cloud environment that can be instantly provisioned and automatically configured. Xi Disaster Recovery services rapidly and intelligently protect the applications and data in your Nutanix environment without the need to purchase and maintain a separate infrastructure stack.

View the keynote session recording: https://youtu.be/jvsTVjrw3sU?t=2h36s

Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) 

AHV has seen a massive number of enhancements over the last few releases. This is apparent to Nutanix customers who are using it (over 25% of nodes shipped last quarter are running AHV, based on a rolling four quarter average). But AHV is not just the open source KVM hypervisor with some fancy dressing. Nutanix’s goal was twofold:

  • Provide the same level of consumer-grade management for virtualization that has been delighting Nutanix customers who use Prism for HCI platform management
  • Leverage AHV as a deeper integration point for increased visibility and performance.

With the latest enhancements with VM Turbo, AHV has seen a significant increase in IO performance—in some cases surpassing that of ESXi in my experience.

.NEXT 2019

Great news for all of us who live on the West Coast.  Next year’s .NEXT Conference will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center May 7th through May 9th.  I hope to see you all there to enjoy the excitement and hospitality of Nutanix in person.

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Thuong Nguyen

Thuong Nguyen, Account Executive

A highly-skilled IT professional, Thuong Nguyen offers a vast set of knowledge and expertise as a hyperconverged and hybrid cloud specialist. At ASG, he works closely with sales teams to identify innovative solutions that will help customers grow and thrive in their industries. Prior to joining ASG, Thuong spent 13 years at Dell, Inc., gaining experience in a wide range of capacities.