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Nutanix: What if your datacenter infrastructure was invisible?  

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, has announced its participation at GITEX Technology Week under the theme ‘Freedom to Build’.

The company is giving enterprises the freedom to build modern datacenters with unlimited choice of best-of-breed technology, simplicity, and flexibility.

In an interview with AMEinfo, Aaron White, Regional Director, Middle East at Nutanix, explained that companies may be on a number of cloud systems, some public like Amazon’s AWS or Google Cloud Platform, or private within enterprises’ own datacenters.

“We want to bring consumer-style simplicity to managing IT infrastructure across multiple clouds,” said White.

A clear mission

Nutanix promises that no matter what cloud you are on, the company puts in place a single operational system (OS) to manage your business applications, seamlessly, and very easily.

At GITEX, attendees will be given a demonstration of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software that makes datacenter infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business.

White explains: “The enterprise datacenter is evolving—from legacy hardware intensive systems to software-defined infrastructure that runs on commodity servers powered by a cloud OS. It’s about taking IT to the next level by combining the agility and consumer-grade simplicity of the public cloud with the control, security, and predictable economics of a private cloud.”

In late September, Nutanix was named as a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Q3 2018,” published by Forrester Research, Inc.

“Nutanix has maintained its position with its innovation, R&D investment, strong sales momentum, partnerships, and acquisition of new customers from all segments and geographies,” showed The Forrester report which evaluated 11 vendors on strategy, market presence, and current offering.

“We intend to help regional organizations in the Middle East achieve their consolidation goals in a simpler way,” says White.

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Healthy ROI to companies on Nutanix

The question that companies should ask when operating a combination of private and public clouds is if they can manage them efficiently, get the right responses from end-users, or eliminate repetition from IT staff’s daily tasks.

“Firstly, you don’t need a large number of people to manage the Nutanix infrastructure. When you move towards that type of cloud OS, you can greatly reduce your IT staff and that returns a lot of money back to businesses and allows them to delve into more productive areas,” says White.

Nutanix requires on average 61% less IT staff time to deploy, manage, and support than their legacy infrastructures, according to a whitepaper by International Data Corporation (IDC), a global provider of market intelligence, and advisory services.

“Also, what’s hampering innovation is the complexity of current datacenters using a dedicated storage platform, dedicated storage network and many applications on top of it. There has to be a better way.”

He says companies need high tech infrastructure to properly manage lifecycle applications, their deployment, and monetization, adding that the cost of running applications in the cloud vs. datacenters is today easily calculated using data metrics.

“Companies are trying to harness data, whether coming from social media or other sources and use it to refine a personalized service with clients,” starts White.

“Is your infrastructure able to deal with that? It’s a hard process, but someone with expertise takes away that problem for you.”

White says that typically, Nutanix has seen returns of initial investment back in 9-12 months, and in the course of 5 years up to 500% ROI is reachable, quoting a Forrester report.

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IDC interviewed 11 organizations about their experiences running various enterprise workloads on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform (Nutanix) solutions.  IDC calculates that study participants will achieve average annual benefits of $4.24 million per organization ($51,077 per 100 users), which would result in a five-year return on investment (ROI) of 534%.

“What we try to do when we look at a specific customer situation is to give them an ROI tailored to their infrastructure.”

Visit Nutanix at their stand at Gitex A7-20 in Hall 7 at DWTC.

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