Nutanix HCI Now Integrated into HPE ProLiant DX Servers for Ease of Use
Nutanix has unveiled the general availability of new HPE ProLiant DX and Apollo servers that are delivered with the fully-installed Nutanix HCI platform, as well as well as Nutanix HCI services that are fully integrated with the HPE GreenLake as a Service platform.
The new product offerings come after the two companies deepened their partnership in April based on feedback from the marketplace, partners and customers.
In addition, Nutanix also announced that its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform has now been integrated with the ServiceNow IT Operations Management platform to allow ServiceNow customers to directly gain access to Nutanix-powered IT services and get direct notification of critical incidents related to Nutanix HCI in their private clouds.
Greg Smith, vice president of product marketing for Nutanix, told Channel Futures that the HPE ProLiant DX and HPE GreenLake news will boost channel partners that want to help customers run the Nutanix HCI platform on HPE servers which are fully integrated with the application. For those customers, partners will be able to sell Nutanix software that is integrated with HPE ProLiant servers that are being sold as turnkey appliances.
“Nutanix has a growing number of customers who wanted a Nutanix software experience, but who wanted to run Nutanix on HPE server platforms,” he said. “The two companies have heard this market demand and have answered.”
At the same time, customers who want Nutanix HCI as a service will now be able to get it through HPE’s GreenLake services. This is targeted at HPE customers who would like to run Nutanix, but who want to consume it as a service, said Smith.
Nutanix made its software available to run on HPE hardware more than 18 months ago, but now these fully integrated products are available to make it easier to do.
“What it brings to partners is they now have more options that they can bring to their clients,” said Smith. “They can bring two different consumption models to their customers.”
Customers who choose the HPE GreenLake services will be able to use Nutanix’s enterprise cloud software, including its built-in AHV hypervisor, to run a fully HPE-managed private cloud. Using GreenLake as a service offerings, customers and partners will only pay for the services they use. The HPE ProLiant DX appliances are built with Nutanix software pre-installed and shipped from HPE factories.
Eric Sheppard, an analyst with IDC, said there is no question that channel partners will welcome this offering.
“It’s opening up the Nutanix stack to a whole bunch of folks who are standardized on HPE servers,” said Sheppard. “Considering the volume and market share that HPE has, that’s just massive.”
The latest offering offers a much higher level of support and cooperation from the two companies than was available previously, he said. “This is a really strong bond between the companies.”
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