IBM and Nutanix Launch Hyperconverged Initiative to bring Enterprises into the Cognitive Era
November 2017 by Marc Jacob
IBM and Nutanix announced a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments.
The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership plans to deliver a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the datacenter.
In today’s technology landscape, processing real-time information is necessary but not sufficient. Being able to react in real-time used to give enterprises a competitive advantage, but this approach no longer guarantees happy customers. The value has now migrated to the ability to rapidly gather large amounts of data, quickly crunch and predict what’s likely to happen next - using a combination of analytics, cognitive skills, machine learning and more. This is the start of the insight economy.
Handling these kinds of workloads present unique challenges - needing a combination of reliable storage, fast networks, scalability and extremely powerful computing. It seems like Private datacenters that were designed just a few years ago are due for a refresh - not only in the technology, but also in the architectural design philosophy. This is where the combination of IBM Power Systems and Nutanix comes in.
This joint initiative intends to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments by delivering the first simple-to-deploy, web-scale architecture supporting POWER based scale-out computing for a continuum of enterprise workloads, including:
Next generation cognitive workloads, including big data, machine learning and AI
Mission-critical workloads, such as databases, large scale data warehouses, web infrastructure, and mainstream enterprise apps
Cloud Native Workloads, including full stack open source middleware and enterprise databases and Containers
With a shared philosophy based on open standards, a combination of Nutanix and IBM will be designed bring out the true power of software-defined infrastructure - choice - for global 2000 enterprises, with plans for:
A simplified private enterprise cloud that delivers POWER architecture in a seamless and compatible way to the datacenter
Exclusive virtualization management with AHV, advanced planning and remediation with Machine Learning, App Mobility, Microsegmentation and more, with one-click automation
A fully integrated one-click management stack with Prism, to eliminate silos and reduce the need for specialized IT skills to build and operate cloud-driven infrastructure
Deploying stateful cloud native services using Acropolis Container Services with automated deployment and enterprise-class persistent storage
Pricing and Availability
The IBM and Nutanix initiative will bring options for clients and a seamless experience for these clients, and will be sold exclusively through IBM sales force and channel partners. Specific timelines, models and supported server configurations will be announced at the time of availability.