How On-Demand HCI and Connectivity is Reinventing the Data Center

  • 11 October 2018
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How On-Demand HCI and Connectivity is Reinventing the Data Center
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This is a guest post authored by our friends at Cyxtera

How do you ensure adequate capacity for today and future growth without over-provisioning or over spending?

Predicting your future compute and connectivity capacity requirements is hard. Dedicated IT infrastructure, and the connectivity that links it to users, must be more dynamic and responsive to the needs of the enterprise. Enter on-demand hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and connectivity. It’s changed the way we manage data centers.

HCI: Reduced Costs and Complexity

Nutanix, the HCI market leader, provides the software and appliance model that virtualizes compute and storage hardware allowing easy and linear scaling. It automates lifecycle management, lowers complexity, simplifies procurement and support, improves performance and even increases data protection. HCI is a big step forward in rationalizing infrastructure costs as it eliminates expensive labor typically associated with managing infrastructure.

HCI in the On-Demand Data Center

For a traditional colocation customer to get network and IT infrastructure up and running typically takes three to six months. That was one of the primary drivers behind the Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD). CXD is a massively scalable software powered data center platform that fundamentally changes how we provision colocation. With Nutanix X-PoweredCXD, deployment of the core network, top of rack switches, and dedicated HCI takes as little as a business day. It replaces physical racking-and-stacking with point-and-click provisioning of pre-configured HCI nodes through APIs or a web console.

When deployed on-demand and as-a-service, the benefits of HCI are even greater. That’s why Cyxtera chose Nutanix as its HCI launch partner, to power Cyxtera’s CXD Compute Nodes, which enable a cloud-like OpEx consumption model for dedicated HCI.

Connectivity in the On-demand Data Center

One of the other key benefits of the CXD platform is its ability to serve as the interconnection point between data centers, business partners, network providers, HCI and leading cloud platforms.

CXD makes on-demand data center networking possible – whether you need to connect within the same facility, across a metro area, to your SD-WAN provider or via the Internet. It enables administrators, IT management tools, and even applications themselves, to programmatically configure network connectivity and bandwidth through software.

Where does CXD make sense?

With CXD’s on-demand compute and connectivity, made possible by Cyxtera and Nutanix, colocation plays a much more strategic role allowing IT teams to respond quickly to changing needs.
  • Expand and augment existing colocation – CXD helps colocation customers quickly expand their production colocation footprint with on-demand HCI to support new workloads such as VDI, or spin-up dev/test labs.
  • Build cloud and XaaS infrastructure – ideal for MSPs, business service providers like HR, payroll services or SaaS providers, CXD addresses customer demand without large capital investment.
  • Cost-effectively deploy disaster recovery – CXD maintains continuity with on-demand access to off-premise resources.
To learn more about how Nutanix and Cyxtera can help you realize the power of an on-demand data center, stop by the Cyxtera booth (G-11) at .NEXT Europe.

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