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What's .NEXT for Nutanix?

Posted: June 27, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: nutanix, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged, hyperconverged infrastructure

event_speaker.jpgThis week Nutanix kicks off .NEXT, its annual user conference. I'm looking forward to it because it provides such a great opportunity to catch up with many Nutanix customers, partners, and executives in a very short time. I have to be careful not to get lost in the echo chamber though—when I attended my first .NEXT last year, it was a bit surreal. It was like being at a cult meeting—Nutanix users I spoke with were seriously enthusiastic about the Nutanix experience!

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That was Fast! HPE Closes SimpliVity Acquisition

Posted: February 24, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: nutanix, Simplivity, Converged Infrastructure, HPE, dell-emc, hyperconverged

GettyImages-588266018.jpgThat was fast! HPE only announced it planned to acquire hyperconverged software vendor SimpliVity on January 17, and it closed exactly one month later, on February 17. Why the hurry? Because they need to!

You can't let a market get away from you, and hyperconverged is a fast growing market. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure decisions, we learned that hyperconverged systems are playing a huge role in IT's plans. When ESG surveyed IT managers responsible for cloud infrastructure, we found that 85% of them are using or plan to adopt hyperconverged solutions. 

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What's in Store for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems in 2017? (Video)

Posted: February 02, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Converged Infrastructure, Converged, hyperconverged

hyper-converged_racks-1.jpgWe saw strong adoption of both converged and hyerconverged systems in 2016—and we expect that to continue into 2017. While converged systems have been out for a while and have strong market penetration, expect hyperconverged to come on strong this year as these systems continue to mature for tier-1 workload support. The strong performance of the Nutanix IPO certainly drove some attention on the hyperconverged side, as did the recent HPE buyout of SimpliVity

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Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017 (Video) - Part 3!

Posted: February 02, 2017   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: cloud, public cloud, private cloud, Converged Infrastructure, cloud networking, Converged, hyperconverged, Systems Management

cloud.jpgOne of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with very smart people, providing me with the opportunity to learn something new or look at things from new angles, every single day! Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the anchor leg in the 2017 cloud computing predictions video roundtable, in which I asked cloud and networking analyst Dan Conde and systems management analyst Edwin Yuen about their thoughts on cloud trends in 2017 as they apply to converged and hyperconverged systems.

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2017 Enterprise Storage Predictions (Video)

Posted: January 20, 2017   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, cloud, SDS, All flash, hyperconverged, 2017 predictions

predictions.jpgWith 2016 behind us, I recently had some time to sit down and record my thoughts on the storage industry for 2017. While I do not wish to spoil the predictions in the video too much, there are a few key points that I would like to make to set the stage.

  1. Public cloud services are fundamentally transforming the storage industry, to a point where the industry could look very different in five years.
  2. In response, on-premises storage solutions have seen insane levels of innovation over the past couple of years, in technologies such as all-flash, hyperconverged infrastructure, and software-defined storage.
  3.  However, the multi-billion dollar question is, “Is it enough?”

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Lenovo and Nimble Storage Join Forces

Posted: October 18, 2016   /   By: Scott Sinclair   /   Tags: Storage, Lenovo, Nimble, Converged, All flash, hyperconverged

handshake.jpgToday, Lenovo and Nimble Storage announced a joint partnership, furthering the capabilities and the reach of both companies. The near–term product offering that results from the partnership will be Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX converged system available on October 28th, with Nimble providing the storage element. From a business perspective, the deal makes so much sense for both companies; the real question may be what took them so long.

First, let’s start with the obvious benefits. Lenovo gets access to Nimble’s Predictive Flash technology for its converged offering, rounding out its storage portfolio and adding a larger scale converged offering to pair with its existing hyperconverged solutions from the partnership with Nutanix. Nimble Storage gains access to Lenovo’s substantial enterprise sales channel. While the immediate impact will likely be a boost in revenue for both companies, this partnership looks like it goes beyond the simple reselling of technology.

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Hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Nutanix goes on a buying spree

Posted: August 29, 2016   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: cloud, Private Cloud Infrastructure, nutanix, hybrid cloud, Converged Infrastructure, hyperconverged, HCI

nutanix acquisitionsToday Nutanix announced it is acquiring Pernix Data and Calm.IO. Not a lot of details were announced, but these acquisitions provide a clear view into Nutanix’s broader strategy and future aspirations. Why? Because, as my colleague Mark Peters likes to say, over recent decades we have slowly moved from IT standing (as it was intended to) for “information technology” to it really being all about “infrastructure technology”.

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Storage and IT finals

Posted: May 24, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, convergence, hyperconverged

storage examTwo streams of thought came together for this post. The first is that — like many families — this is the time of year for school finals. The second is that there is enormous change going on in our industry right now.

Putting those two things together I wondered what questions we might put to ourselves about where IT generally, and storage specifically, is at.

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Winter is coming...for the storage industry

Posted: May 19, 2016   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Storage, Converged, hyperconverged

storage challengesWe're about halfway through the latest season of HBO's Game of Thrones, and I've been every bit as transfixed to the series as every other devotee I know. I may have gotten started late, but I'm definitely in it for the long haul now.

One of the things that was helpful for me as I got caught up was using the internet's various nerd communities to understand all of the nuances and details of the families and their histories. For example, the show has used "winter is coming" as a tagline from the beginning, and I wanted to get some context on what exactly that was referring to. I turned to the Wikia page for the book series, and came away with an appreciation for what the Starks mean when they say it.

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Wrap-up on backup from EMC World 2016 — day two keynote

Posted: May 03, 2016   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: EMC, Data Protection, CDM, Copy Data Management, EMC World 2016, hyperconverged

There are a lot of things to like about EMC World this year, especially if data protection is important to you. Kudos on the day two general session with Jeremy Burton and Guy Churchward.

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