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Demand-Driven Control at Web-Scale as VMTurbo Partners with Nutanix


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By Chris Graham - Manager, Marketing & Alliances at VMTurbo

“We have a virtualize first, private-then-hybrid IT strategy.” I cannot count the number of customers I’ve spoken with who’ve conveyed this notion; I hear it all the time.

Virtualization, made mainstream by VMware in the late nineties and early 2000s, was unequivocally the single greatest invention in the modern datacenter. It revolutionized the potential of Information Technology, and provided an entirely new framework for conceiving of and architecting data center environments.

Half a decade later however, we saw the likes of Amazon Web Services and others make cloud resources as readily available and consumable as on-premises investments – leading to the quandary of doubling-down privately or adopting publicly.

It is not a new sentiment for organizations and enterprises to strive for web-scale, but only recently has the requisite collection of technologies been so available. Before I continue, a quick caveat: by web-scale I refer not only to the sheer scope and volume of workloads hosted by the likes of Google or Amazon. I also mean economies of scale, which is to say, the ability to enhance both business benefits and IT performance as data center complexities grow: decreasing marginal cost, decreasing staff to server ratios; and eliminating procurement inefficiencies all while increasing application response times, increasing VM, container, and storage densities, and accelerating application development lifecycles.

VMTurbo is ecstatic to partner with Nutanix as a pair of solutions who truly make web-scale and invisible infrastructure accessible to any organization – not just the massive and moneyed, but the SMB, enterprise and everything between.

VMTurbo’s Demand-Driven Control platform is hypervisor, supply, and demand agnostic, but every now and then someone throws a curveball – like hyperconvergence, an entirely new architecture and method of incrementally scaling-out a clouds – or a new hypervisor such as Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor – into the mix.

What makes this partnership a no-brainer is that Nutanix enables web-scale architecture and VMTurbo provides web-scale performance control. With 52% market share as measured by IDC in their recent MarketScape report on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), Nutanix is the HCI leader in what continues to burgeon as an infrastructure category. To not partner would be a disservice to both customers and evaluators of the technologies alike.

The shift to web-scale is accompanied by a concurrent shift from an IaaS to a PaaS cloud consumption model. This pressure, however, originates predominantly from IT consumers while IT providers remain constrained by siloed and complicated procurement, operations, and troubleshooting practices. It is exciting to be part of the wave of players eradicating this old world of thinking and operations, which will concretely assemble at the first inaugural Nutanix .NEXT conference this month.

Our presence at .NEXT is merely the first stage of a gamut of cooperation, integration, and joint value creation. The readily consumable APIs of both Acropolis and Prism have made initial integration very rapid. A joint customer reported a 38% increase in VM density above and beyond initial Nutanix consolidation with VMTurbo. What this early evidence suggests is that VMTurbo can accelerate the already remarkable time-to-value for Nutanix customers. VMTurbo’s recently-granted Nutanix Ready Certification for vSphere is an exciting step, but still only a step in a much longer journey.

View a follow-up to this article on VMTurbo's Cloud and Virtualization Blog

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