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Using Nutanix APIs to Facilitate DaaS, IaaS and other Services

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Using Nutanix APIs to Facilitate DaaS, IaaS and other Services
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This post was authored by Ali Din, CMO at dinCloud

dinCloud, an X-Powered Nutanix Service Provider, uses Nutanix APIs to turbocharge service delivery

dinCloud provides DaaS, IaaS, and other technology services both directly to end-user companies and through an in-direct channel that includes managed service providers, value-added resellers, and systems integrators. Each dinCloud customer operates within a hosted private cloud, providing the same benefits as public cloud but with greater security and control.

Our customers need the ability to simply and automatically provision new workloads and services. When dinCloud adopted Nutanix as its standard platform, we wanted to find a way to further increase the convenience of our services.

We accomplished this by integrating Nutanix infrastructure with our cloud management platform using Nutanix-native APIs to automate provisioning of DaaS and other infrastructure services including servers, security and snapshots.

Ease of Use


While we had previously integrated the dinCloud management platform with other converged and webscale infrastructure, we wanted to achieve a high level of integration with Nutanix so that advanced enterprise features and functionality could be offered to our customers in a way which is consistent with what they are used to in terms of simplicity of use.

Nutanix provides the APIs for all of its many features out of the box, so this turned out to be a lot less challenging than what we had faced in the past when integrating with other vendors.

API Utilization


We utilize the Nutanix APIs for automation of provisioning for a number of tasks:
  • DaaS provisioning and automation of Citrix Workspace and
  • WAN Optimization using Netscaler provisioning and integration
  • Automated IaaS provisioning and management including virtual servers, storage, firewalls, networking and security policies
We also use Nutanix APIs to enable our customers to take full advantage of Nutanix features including:
  • Snapshot management. Snapshot creation, custom retention policies, data recovery, and other features are available.
  • Fast workload provisioning. Customer onboarding time has been reduced significantly with features like template-based cloning.
  • Analytics and monitoring. Customers have access to detailed Nutanix analytics for all dinCloud workloads.
Finally, there are a number of API-driven features that our internal teams utilize that help them ensure we meet our SLAs
  • Transparent, non-disruptive workload migration allows us to perform maintenance activities with interrupting customer workloads.
  • Capacity and performance management APIs help us manage our infrastructure efficiently without surprises
  • Integration with other built-in tools allows our environment to function as a single, integrated ecosystem.
The automation available to our customers through dinCloud’s Nutanix integration has made it even simpler for dinCloud’s customers to provision and manage their cloud workloads while taking advantage of the enterprise-class features, scalability, security, high availability and performance of the Nutanix platform. At the same time, it has also enabled dinCloud to optimize its infrastructure operations and deliver the products and services that our customers demand. To learn more about dinCloud’s offering, visit www.dincloud.com or on the Nutanix X-Powered marketplace (www.nutanix.com/x-powered).

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