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How To Develop For Web-Scale Cloud IT


Nutanix is a company that describes itself as a provider of "web-scale" converged infrastructure. Its next hyper-converged platform, the NX-8150, presents an opportunity for developers to build applications that span hybrid cloud architectures that (at the same time) leverage popular public cloud services.

The Nutanix platform now runs any datacenter application and (so its makers claim) enables turnkey hybrid cloud computing for any size enterprises.

The firm explains that so-called "web-scale" technologies were largely created by the world's largest cloud and Internet companies to overcome the limitations of legacy datacenter architectures.

However, says Nutanix, keeping pace with rapidly changing IT demands and bringing web-scale technologies into the enterprise means meeting a "diverse set of requirements", obviously.

Datacenters must run business-critical applications according to their unique capacity and performance demands. In addition, the vast resources of public clouds offer an enormous opportunity to design modern hybrid clouds. With the new NX-8150, Nutanix powers the core enterprise workloads of today, while Cloud Connect supports the hybrid cloud architecture of tomorrow," said the firm.

The NX-8150 is a hyper-converged appliance engineered specifically for applications that demand high storage capacity, low latency and fast storage performance, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Oracle and SAP databases. A single Nutanix NX-8150 supports up to 3500 Exchange mailboxes in 2U of rack space to reduce datacenter space requirements and minimise IT complexity.

In addition, the NX-8150 offers flexible CPU, flash and networking configurations enabling customers to tailor the hardware for their environment and workloads.

Also announced for this year is Cloud Connect, the first product release in the company’s hybrid cloud roadmap. Cloud Connect integrates public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Nutanix-powered private cloud environments. It allows Nutanix customers to combine private and public cloud technology into their long-term infrastructure strategy without requiring third-party software or hard to maintain plug-ins.

“We are laser focused on bringing web-scale architecture to everyone in IT, and the introduction of Cloud Connect and the NX-8150 does just that,” said Raja Mukhopadhyay, senior director of product management, Nutanix. “Nutanix embraces the public cloud, which is requisite for any modern datacenter. Web-scale IT is already powering some of the largest corporations and government agencies in the world - now we are bringing it to the world’s most mission-critical apps.”


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