If Nutanix Is Really So Easy - Why Did You Make NPX So Hard?

  • 22 March 2015
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I've been watching a Twitter conversation between Justin Warren, Josh Odgers and Michael Webster with great interest and while I'm not going to respond to jibes, there is some meat to this conversation that warrants more attention than the Twitter platform can support. If you boil it down, the real issues are:

  • The complexity of current datacenter infrastructure solutions and how they trap an enterprise;
  • The role Nutanix plays in escaping the nasty jaws;
  • Why NPX skills are going to be a big help if you're one of the businesses with the legacy jaws locked on your legs.

I don't think anyone is going to argue that 3-tier/SDDS solutions are very complex. Once an enterprise has purchased, deployed and integrated servers, big blocks of storage, and networking infrastructure - then successfully integrated and configured the hypervisor of choice with the components supporting management, availability, process automation, and BC/DR (the list goes on) and got them functioning as a services delivery platform - you still need to attend to applications and their SLAs, and they require a LOT of care and feeding.

Unfortunately once you've made the investment in this model and become dependent on the services it provides, you’ve really stepped in it. Most companies find that any change causes nasty ripples - and any change that requires quick action, like scaling to meet demand or to add new services makes some managers seriously consider chewing off a limb (their own IT organizations) to escape to the public cloud.

Enter Nutanix and NPX.

If you look at the datacenter as it exists today, and take a closer look at the architecture of the legacy trap, you would do well to consider Nutanix as a pair of bolt cutters for the infrastructure chain and NPX as the plasma cutter for the more complex jaws. To get a lot of freedom all you have to do is migrate to our hyper-converged appliance and a whole layer of complexity is removed right at the foundation of the datacenter. If you need to deploy infrastructure to scale your solution or deploy a totally different solution, it’s one layer to manage. Migration is easy. You can do it incrementally, node-by-node, and your infrastructure economics are totally transformed. It’s simple. Just deploy the appliance – the chain is broken and you avoid getting skinned. No NPX required.

But you may still have a painful situation with the jaws. It turns out that getting those off and avoiding them in the future can be a lot harder than breaking the chain. A lot of the problem is the jaws of the trap are made from an alloy of overly complex solutions mixed with constructs and processes that stem from seriously flawed designs.

Most enterprises are betting their businesses on SDDC solutions that need major work to be performant. They’re just not optimized and very, very often not capable of meeting SLAs across the board. Nutanix could ignore this and continue to grow like crazy just by taking care of the infrastructure chain, but we’re not going to.

It doesn’t sit well with us that bad solution design can force our customers to buy more infrastructure than they need. It’s even worse when the ridiculous management overhead, chaos, and expense means customers don’t have the resources they need to explore and implement exciting new technologies or deploy better operational models. The further behind the curve they slip, the harder the jaws clamp down. To get them open you need an expert who knows exactly how and where to cut – and to keep them off customers need a clear roadmap that shows a better path forward without hidden traps.

That’s what we’re building with NPX – somebody who can do that job and clear the path to what’s NEXT.

Is NPX hard? Yes it is.

Is Nutanix complicated? No, it is not and it never will be.

It’s just that simple!

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