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Nutanix eyes multi-cloud DaaS opportunity as it acquires Frame

Nutanix, the hyper-converged infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage provider, is acquiring the virtual desktop startup Frame (Mainframe2).

Frame provides a platform that supports multi-cloud delivery models for desktops-as-a-service (DaaS). This platform enables IT teams to deliver virtual desktops from public clouds and enterprise datacenter with common tooling and management constructs.

The multi-cloud architecture for DaaS offers seamless disaster recovery and makes it easier for enterprises to migrate applications across environments. It also helps in delivering both traditional and cloud-native applications from a single IT environment.

By acquiring it, Nutanix will integrate Frame’s DaaS technology into the Nutanix Xi Cloud. The integrated offering will initially support 1-click desktop instances on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and then expand to other cloud environments.

Gartner stated in a report that “interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies.” The analyst firm predicted that 50% of the new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.

“Frame’s cloud-native technology represents everything we believe to be true in the market – customers want easy-to-use, high performance and cost optimized solutions that just work across the entirety of their infrastructure,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nutanix.

“We are committed to providing our customers with a robust multi-cloud DaaS offering through Frame while working with our partners to enable best-in-class enterprise VDI. We are delighted to add the Frame technology, and the innovative thinkers behind it, to our family.”

This open a new path of opportunities for Nutanix as the company already supports virtual desktop use cases with its appliances. Acquisition of Frame will further help the company to target midsized organizations.

Nutanix will continue to support large-scale VDI projects including VMware Horizon View, Citrix Ready certified for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. Addition of Frame’s technology will provide Nutanix customers another deployment option to deliver virtual desktops.

“Companies desperately need a cloud-native desktop solution for their multi-cloud environments which combines the performance of on-prem offerings with the flexibility and cost optimization of the cloud. That’s why we built Frame,” said Nikola Bozinovic, Founder and CEO at Frame.

“Nutanix shares our vision of simplifying critical IT functions so companies can save money, save time and still achieve exceptional performance no matter their underlying infrastructure, and we’re so proud to be joining the family.”

Also read: Nutanix enhances its Enterprise Cloud OS platform with new developer-oriented services

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close next month. Following the closure of acquisition, Frame will be available on third-party clouds from Azure and AWS.

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Cyxtera brings on-demand provisioning to colocation with Extensible Data Center platform

Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, launched a new software-powered data center architecture called Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD) platform.

Announced at the Cyxtera Conference, the CXD platform will bring on-demand provisioning to colocation and connectivity services. It will enable colocation customers to provision on-demand services through a web console.

The new platform will also allow customers to run distributed environments within data centers, without having to depend on contiguous floor space.

A Unified Services Port in the CXD will allow customers to access multiple data center services through a single physical port. Furthermore, customers can access Cyxtera cybersecurity and threat analytics services for enhanced security across data centers.

“We’re used to point-and-click provisioning for everything from virtual machines in the cloud to SaaS solutions, yet the data center industry still works with a screwdriver in one hand and a cable crimper in the other,” said Randy Rowland, President and General Manager of Data Center Services for Cyxtera. “It can take months to deploy a single application, from provisioning circuits to building out infrastructure in a colocation cage.”

The initial offerings of the Cyxtera Extensible Data Center platform include CXD Compute Nodes and CXD IP Connect.

CXD Compute Nodes is an on-demand hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution that provisions and automates HCI at the speed of public cloud, and security and control of private cloud.

Cyxtera partnered with Nutanix to integrate the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software with the CXD Compute Nodes. Nutanix is a leader in HCI solutions, and will help the colocation customers to provision HCI on demand.

CXD Compute Nodes can simplify and optimize the capacity management, reduce costs with automated lifecycle management, and eliminate onsite datacenter staffing needs.

On the other hand, CXD IP Connect is a blended internet bandwidth service that allows customers to “provision reliable connectivity aggregated from multiple IP service providers.”

IP Connect is delivered on-demand through CXD platform and helps customers to decrease the time they spend waiting for circuit provisioning. The service includes monitoring options, using which customers can respond faster to the changes in demand.

“CXD brings ‘speed of cloud’ power and provisioning to an entire range of data center services with an extensible software-powered architecture that will rapidly integrate Cyxtera-powered services and those of our network and service provider ecosystem,” added Rowland.

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VMware updates vSphere and vSAN for better hybrid cloud management

VMware rolled out new versions of its flagship products— VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7, making it easier for enterprises to manage data across their IT environments.

VMware vSphere is a server virtualization platform, while vSAN is a software-defined storage product. The updates are focused on hybrid cloud deployments, enhanced user experience, security, and broader support for applications.

“The continued innovation in our award-winning compute and HCI portfolio makes the hybrid cloud a reality for our customers,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware. “The rapid adoption of vSAN, coupled with longstanding vSphere leadership is a testament to the importance of a digital foundation that extends from on-premises to the public cloud.”

  • New features of vSphere

Enterprises use vSphere to optimize the performance of hardware. It allows software applications to be deployed through multiple virtual machines on a single server.

The new application deployment technologies like software containers are threatening the virtualization, by allowing applications to run on several kinds of hardware, operating systems, as well as serverless computing.

VMware aims to maintain its leading position with the significant upgrades to vSphere. The vSphere 6.7 now supports persistent-memory, which can reduce the memory usage by three times, and run the distributed resource scheduler faster.

vSphere 6.7 will also feature simple and efficient management at scale, built-in security, and better support for more workloads. To further secure applications in datacenter or cloud, the customers can deploy VMware AppDefense service.

Hybrid-linked mode, another new feature in vSphere 6.7, allows users to run same configuration within on-premises and through the VMware cloud on AWS service. It will ensure unified visibility and management.

A new rebooting technology integrated in the new vSphere allows the customers to reboot systems and apply patches quickly. It will minimize the downtime.

  • New features of vSAN

VMware has added HTML5 client support and a new browser-based user interface to the new vSAN version. It will provide better functionality and options to optimize workflows.

vSAN 6.7 will have integrated vRealize Operations Healthchecks in vCenter Server to monitor and control multiple hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) environments.

The updated vSAN will have a new Host-Pinning and iSCSI failover support, to extend the suitability of HCI to Windows Server environments, and applications like Hadoop and MongoDB.

Furthermore, vSAN 6.7 can mitigate the effects of disruptive events using intelligent self-healing capabilities.

Also read: VMware acquires E8 Security, to provide secure digital workspace with behavior analytics

VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7 will be available in May 2018.

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Windows Server 2019 with Kubernetes and HCI support to be available this year 

Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows Server 2019 will be made generally available in the second half of the year 2018. The server addresses four important customer challenge areas, including hybrid workloads, security, application platform, and hyper-converged infrastructure.

The new version of Windows Server is built on Windows Server 2016, which was launched in October 2016. It marks the latest release in Microsoft’s long-term servicing channel (LTSC), which comes once in two years.

Windows Server 2019 will be integrated with Project Honolulu, a browser-based management solution. Microsoft aims to make it easier for enterprises to connect their existing deployments of Windows Server to Azure services.

“With Windows Server 2019 and Project Honolulu, customers will be able to easily integrate Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery, and much more so they will be able to leverage these Azure services without disrupting their applications and infrastructure,” wrote Erin Chapple, Director of Program Management, Windows Server. 

Microsoft is enhancing the security in Windows Server 2019, with a three-point approach: protect, detect and respond. The company has added Shielded VMs with support for Linux VMs as well. It will protect VMs against malicious activities. The addition of Encrypted Networks will enable encryption of network segments to protect network layer between servers.

Windows Server 2019 will have embedded Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to detect attacks in the operating system. Sysadmins will have access to deep kernel and memory sensors, so that they can respond on server machines.

Under application platform, there will be improved orchestration for Windows Server container deployments. Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) support in new version will enable Linux users to bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl, and Tar. There is also a support of Kubernetes, which is currently in beta.

The Windows Server 2019 reduces the size of Server Core base container image from 5 GB to less than 2 GB. This will reduce the image download time by 72%, resulting in optimized development time and performance.

On Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) front, Microsoft said that it has added the ability in Windows Server 2019 to manage HCI deployments using Project Honolulu. It will make the management of several activities on HCI environments simpler.

Also read: Microsoft introduces services for moving SQL Server and applications to Azure to help customers get better ROI

Microsoft is also planning to launch System Server 2019 with Windows Server 2019 support.

The Windows Server 2019 is now available for preview, and will be generally available in the second half of this year.

Datacenter News

OnApp Enterprise solution to bring cloud efficiency and flexibility to the datacenter

The leading cloud management platform provider – OnApp, recently announced its new range of solutions – OnApp Enterprise, to bring better price, performance and usability in the private and hybrid cloud market.

Its first solution will bring together the power of OnApp’s cloud management software stack with Data Center Blocks Hardware of Intel; and will turn out as a turnkey HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) solution with one platform and one appliance.

The company has designed the solution keeping in mind the needs of IT departments and SMBs. The solution features consist of:

  • comprehensive tool sets for private cloud deployment and orchestration,
  • tools for user access control and governance,
  • monitoring and chargeback,
  • ability to connect with multiple public cloud providers.

The solution offers complete scalability with up to 254 servers per cluster, backed with asymmetric storage and computing capabilities. IT offers a single UI for managing private and public cloud across various clusters, clouds and datacenters.

Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, said, “Our first solution, which we’re taking to market with Intel, offers more affordable, easier-to-manage and easier-to-scale private and hybrid cloud management for SMBs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be introducing hardware-accelerated cloud and NFV, AI-enabled hybrid cloud management and more – to make OnApp the standard for enterprise cloud, too.”

The OnApp Enterprise solution will be available at as little as third of the price of competing products, per the company.

Also Read: Juniper to acquire Cyphort for Machine Learning security features

Being based on Intel’s Data Center Blocks including Intel SSDs, Intel Xeon, Intel Server Boards and other components, the solution will be offered as a ready-to-run HCI appliance.

AI Diaz, VP and GM at Product collaboration and Systems Division, Intel, reportedly finds huge market opportunity for HCI and other multi-cloud management in the enterprise market.

He said, “As a result of the collaboration between Intel, OnApp and our partners, companies of all sizes now have an easier, more powerful and more cost-effective way to deploy and manage their own flexible, software-defined infrastructure and bring the public cloud experience to the enterprise datacenter.

Also Read: IoT boosts spending on IT infrastructure, edge, storage and cloud: 451 Research.

The solution has been made available now from Intel Technology Providers – MultiTech, Hammer, Iron Systems, New Era Informatique and others.

The collaborative solution will bring together OnApp’s industry-leading cloud management platform and Intel’s best-of-breed hardware, to offer enterprise cloud automation and datacenter control.