It’s Time to Reimagine and Reinvent the Data Center

  • 3 May 2018
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It’s Time to Reimagine and Reinvent the Data Center
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This guest post was authored by Jason Lochhead, CTO/SVP Research and Development, Cyxtera Technologies

Traditional IT deployments can take three to six months to complete. Hardware sizing and design, through equipment procurement, racking and stacking, configuration and turn-up, can take months. And that assumes there is sufficient data center space and power to accommodate it. Conventional colocation eliminates space problems but doesn’t address the other factors that delay deployment.

Enterprises need another option, and public cloud is not always the answer. Organizations who require speed and agility to fuel innovation and growth without compromising control have a viable new alternative: the on-demand data center.

Cyxtera Extensible Data Center platform (CXD) transforms IT infrastructure design, configuration, and deployment with software-powered, on-demand provisioning and configuration of data center network connectivity and services in a state-of-the-art colocation facility.

CXD Compute Nodes are a cornerstone offering on the Cyxtera Extensible Data Center platform. Compute Nodes are powered by Nutanix and provide all the benefits of traditional infrastructure deployed in colocation – dedicated hardware and operational control of the stack – plus no large capital outlay or long-term leases in an on-demand model, previously only available in the cloud.

CXD Compute Nodes shorten the deployment interval to a single business day and allow customers to scale up quickly and easily as demand grows. It is a better, faster and more cost-effective way to deploy IT hardware in a colocation environment, offering a scalable consumption model that enables organizations to add more IT infrastructure as they need it.

The Compute Nodes service is delivered through Cyxtera’s software-powered CXD platform. CXD combines a high-availability and scalable software-defined network within the data center with a robust API driven provisioning and metering engine. Each customer is able to deploy and configure their own secure layer 2 network connections across the CXD fabric. This links all available Cyxtera data center services, Compute Nodes and colocations cages or cabinets, with Cyxtera interconnection services like CXD IP Connect, a blended Internet service, CXD Metro Connect, and other CXD enabled network service providers. The CXD platform is transparent to the customer, so they can use their own private IP address space and extend their existing layer 2 networks to their Compute Nodes.

Nutanix and Cyxtera

As leaders in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), the Nutanix technology helps Cyxtera to enable its customers with an integrated on-demand platform for procuring, configuring, and deploying data center network connectivity and compute and storage infrastructure.

Cyxtera is the first and only colocation provider to leverage the strengths of Nutanix to deliver a solution that enables customers to retain operational control of the stack from the hypervisor through to the workload including the ability to use different hypervisors including Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer. CXD Compute Nodes include the use of the Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor and Nutanix Prism infrastructure management tools, enabling customers to take full advantage of the power of Nutanix.

Why Deploy CXD Compute Nodes

CXD Compute Nodes customers benefit in two primary ways:
  • Time to Market – For those customers who want to accelerate workload deployments in a secure colocation environment, CXD Compute Nodes are ideal. Organizations with new or expanding workloads that plan to deploy in a colocation facility can drastically reduce their time to market and cost of deployment by using CXD Compute Nodes versus traditional hardware in a colocation cage.
  • Reduce Cost and Shift from CAPEX to OPEX – By leveraging the on-demand model of CXD Compute Nodes organizations can scale their IT infrastructure as demand grows. They can do so without any on-site staff, reducing IT infrastructure costs 20-50% versus traditional hardware purchases and colocation deployment.
To learn more about how Nutanix and Cyxtera can help you reimagine and redefine your data center strategy, stop by the Cyxtera booth (G7) at .NEXT and join me at Cyxtera’s session at .NEXT, “Nutanix On Demand – Cyxtera’s Extensible Datacenter Platform”, Wednesday May 9 @ 4:40-5:10pm

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