In this ESG On Location Video, ESG's Mark Peters, Mike Leone, and Bob Laliberte provide their insights Nutanix NEXT 2018, held in New Orleans.
Read the related ESG Blog: At .NEXT Nutanix Adds App & System Visibility to its Infrastructure-invisibility Foundations (video)
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Mark: Welcome to the next .NEXT. That is the latest iteration of Nutanix's user event, a partner event here in New Orleans, floats and all. This company, over the years, has been all about visibility and ease when it comes to IT infrastructure. They started on the HCI front, then it was private clouds and enterprise clouds and hybrid clouds. What's most interesting and what has been the main focus for this year's event is not just to extend that visibility and ease on the infrastructure side of IT, but actually to begin to go beyond infrastructure, further into the bounds of what's possible with IT.
I'm gonna hand over to colleague Mike Leone, Bob Laliberte for their take on the event.
Mike: It's great to see Nutanix continuing to execute on their vision of driving simplicity across the entire IT environment. They've worked really hard to make the infrastructure visible via core of CI and they'll continue to enhance that aspect to their solutions. But they're also looking to extend that one-click simplicity and that one OS mantra to support hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Now, of course, there's been a number of announcements throughout the keynote, object storage support, Kubernetes support, Flow, Beam, and Era.
On the database front, Nutanix announced Era, a new pass offering that's looking to really extend their one-click mentality to simplify, streamline, and automate database provisioning and managing. And additionally, with this measure at least, they look to provide some productivity and cost-relief to managing database copies across organizations with a copy data management service.
And the important takeaways that they're committed to delivering on their vision of leveraging their IaaS roots and coming higher level to being a PaaS provider. I'm very interested in seeing how some of these announcements start taking off with customers and especially around the database side of…as they become more pervasive into the mission-critical database workloads.
Bob: Nutanix is focused on making IT invisible. What does that actually mean? Well, for Nutanix, it's all about how do they reduce the complex IT environment and make it so that you can just perform a major functions with just a single mouse click. Now, they've been focused on doing this for the hyperconverged infrastructure, for complete data centers, and now, they want to move that and include the invisible IT to include the cloud as well. That's not going to be easy, so to help them do this and make this transition, they've acquired a few companies that will certainly help them get there.
The first organization that they acquired is one called Minjar, and that's resulted in their first SaaS offering that they refer to as Beam. Now, Beam is built to go in and comb through the cloud environments and be able to provide a complete visibility of what you're using and where. And what this enables organizations to do is to really determine how to best cost optimize and also optimize for compliance those cloud environments, so certainly something that will help organizations when they move to cloud and multi-cloud. And I can expect, moving forward, you'll start to see Beam also incorporate what that would look like as compared to a Nutanix environment, either an enterprise cloud on premises or potentially even their Xi offering in the cloud.
The next offering that they're brining to market is from a company called NetSil that they just acquired. Now, this is a digital native company that's focused on providing application performance management for cloud environments. So thinking about these highly complex container and microservices environment, they're able to provide visibility into those environments so you can effectively manage them. And again, it's not too much of a stretch to see how this type of technology could easily be integrated into their flow to easily set up micro segmentation across these environments.
So a lot of interesting acquisitions for them to help bolster their support for cloud environments. If you're looking for additional information, please check them out on the Nutanix website.
Mark: I talked in my introduction about this company growing up and certainly, you can't knock anywhere with thousands of users and what, 70,000 people or thereabouts on its user community. As we've heard from Bob and Mike in terms f the announcements and what we know of the history of Nutanix, so far this company has managed to be pretty good on both vision and execution. But going forward as we imagine what's next or consider what's next, it's gonna have to deliver really well on both those things. I you think about it, execution is what pays the bills and vision is what paves the way to the future. It's gonna get that just right. It's almost like Goldilocks in a way, not too much, not too little, get both things right.
The biggest thing, I think, that it has in its favor right now is the other thing that Dheeraj talked about on the stage a lot, which is the trust that it has. That trust represents itself in two ways. It's all the people turning up here, it's the, if you like, the raving fans that is its employees and customers that are around the company, and it's about the fact that what Nutanix is doing can bring personal benefit, in terms of careers and so on, as well IT and business benefit. That makes it a really interesting organization to watch.