Service Providers and the Meaning of "One OS. One Click. Any Cloud.": Part 2

  • 13 February 2018
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Service Providers and the Meaning of "One OS. One Click. Any Cloud.": Part 2
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This post was authored by Steven Duckaert, EMEA Solution Architect-Nutanix X-Powered Cloud Services

In my first post in this series, I explained the benefits of "One OS. One Click. Any Cloud." for both enterprises and service providers. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS provides a single operating system across multiple cloud environments, while Nutanix Calm delivers application automation and lifecycle management with self-service capabilities. That's a compelling vision.

This time, I want to explain how a managed cloud service provider (MCSP) can take advantage of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud to generate additional revenue streams, optimise operational workflows, and spark new conversations and projects with customers, fully realising the potential of a hybrid cloud IT environment.

As discussed in my earlier blog, the beauty of the Nutanix solution is that it delivers on many of the most pressing needs of both enterprises and service providers including:
  • Always-on
  • Quick problem resolution
  • Self-service
  • Innovation
  • Modern consumption and pricing models

Enabling Distributed Cloud Services

Capitalising on the robust capabilities provided by Nutanix Enterprise Cloud and Nutanix Calm, MCSPs can easily implement a variety of new services. Your MCSP organisation can quickly embrace the various clouds that enterprises want to consume and satisfy a broader range of needs. You can expand your offerings from traditional infrastructure and services that run from your datacentres to managed service stacks that are independent of the location(s) where the services run, while providing the same end-user and administrative experience across clouds.

As I discussed last time, Nutanix Prism and Calm provides native capabilities for application automation, application lifecycle management, and self-service. Your IT consumers are able to leverage the Nutanix marketplace to deploy infrastructure services or applications.

Managed Private Cloud

Even though a managed private cloud may be limited to a single physical location, private cloud users can access the Nutanix Marketplace. They can quickly deploy applications from this easy-to-use portal using blueprints that ensure governance requirements are followed.

As a managed services provider you can work with each customer to define specific application policies that must be enforced. Nutanix Calm enables you to optimise the application lifecycle by tailoring application blueprints for each customer and making them accessible in a customised service catalogue. Nutanix Calm acts as a front-end portal to deploy services.

In addition to Calm, you can also leverage the IaaS self-service capabilities built into the Nutanix Prism management interface. You can work with each customer to define the necessary projects, quotas, and role assignments. For example, DB administrators might be allowed to deploy and manage DB instances but restricted from accessing other application services.

Multi-Instance Application Offering

The application automation and application lifecycle management provided Calm lets you offer application(s) as a service following the multi-instance architectural approach. A good example of this is analytics / big data as a service. MCSPs can create and maintain blueprints of different size Hadoop deployments. An example of different Hadoop blueprints might be:
  • Small: 1 Hadoop Master, 2 Hadoop Slave Nodes
  • Medium: 1 Hadoop Master, 5 Hadoop Slave Nodes
  • Large: 1 Hadoop Master, 10 Hadoop Slave Nodes
When a customer requests a Hadoop deployment via an MCSP front-end portal (like ServiceNow), the right blueprint can be initiated to provision the application accordingly. Once the Hadoop cluster is operational the application access details, such as cluster IP and credentials, can be automatically shared with the customer.

The image above shows the view of the three Hadoop blueprints in Calm's Application section. In this enterprise cloud, a front-end portal initiated the automatic provisioning of two Hadoop clusters for two different customers. Figure 6 shows how this looks in the Prism Explore view.

Getting Started as a Nutanix X-Powered Service Provider

The ability to offer managed cloud services to your customers using a modern architecture will create opportunities to offer a wide range of additional services, including analytics, IoT initiatives, mobile projects, and application modernisation. The possibilities are limitless. If you're ready to learn how Nutanix can help you expand your managed service offerings there are a variety of ways you can engage with us:
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