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

The hyper-converged infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage provider Nutanix, announced the addition of a new set of developer-oriented services to its Enterprise Cloud OS software.

Nutanix’s new services are designed to address the challenges that developers face while building application on multi-cloud. The additions combine the storage, compute, and network capabilities into a single platform.

The new services include Acropolis Object Storage Service, Acropolis Compute Cloud (AC2), Nutanix App Marketplace services and Intel Skylake Support.

“IT managers are being pushed to deploy datacenter infrastructure that not only runs their business applications efficiently, but also provides cloud-like services that can be consumed by internal application development teams,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer, Nutanix. “With these new offerings, targeted at developers and workload expansion, Nutanix is the only company that is offering a true public cloud-like experience in the enterprise, which helps customers realize the promise of the multi-cloud era.”

Developers can now easily develop, test and run both enterprise and cloud-native apps across enterprise cloud, and deliver the apps to market in lesser time. They can now use large unstructured datasets, including big data analytics, data warehouse applications and large-scale IoT deployments, so that they get enhanced support for applications.

The Acropolis Object Storage Service collect, store and manage billions of objects into a single namespace with an efficient storage fabric. AWS is the most familiar platform to developers and Nutanix made its enterprise cloud compatible with AWS S3, which enables developers to more easily use storage along with high performance.

Nutanix Compute Cloud (AC2) is for delivering the CPU-intensive apps like distributed analytics workloads, large scale front-end web services, etc., on Enterprise Cloud OS. Enterprises can scale the virtualization software as per the consumption needs, hence reducing the costs.

Nutanix is adding Nutanix App Marketplace services to its multi-cloud application platform Nutanix Calm, with which developers can define apps through standards-based blueprints, further publishing them to market. It will also streamline the adoption of essential developer tools, like Kubernetes, Hadoop, MySQL, Jenkins, and Puppet. Application teams can quickly apply these blueprints, and develop and deploy the workloads into multi-clouds.

Along with these features, Nutanix also added AHV capabilities for its upcoming v5.5 software, which will make its hypervisor a default choice for customers. The v5.5 includes support for Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS), and virtual Graphics Processing Units (vGPU), which will accelerate the graphics.

Enterprise Cloud OS software will now run on new Skylake architecture-based Intel CPUs for accelerated performance and higher scalability. It will now also be available to third-party appliances from Nutanix’s partners including Dell EMC and Lenovo, and qualified servers from HPE and Cisco.

All the new features are currently under development. Nutanix will announce the pricing details once the applications are ready.

Datacenter News

Enterprise developers can now containerize legacy apps using new IBM Cloud Private

IBM has built a new software platform called IBM Cloud Private that enables the developers to containerize legacy WebSphere and Db2 apps as cloud native apps that run in a private cloud or behind the firewall.

IBM supports Docker EE, and is a platinum sponsor of Cloud Foundry Foundation. Being an active contributor to the Kubernetes, IBM has built the Cloud Private on Kubernetes open container technology with support of Docker and Cloud Foundry.

The Cloud Private is an easier platform that let the developers connect and move apps to any public cloud, even if the cloud is from any other provider.

IBM Cloud Private provides operations teams with orchestration and management tools, and includes containerized versions of IBM WebSphere, which is used by 90% of the Fortune 100 companies. The developers get access to all these development tools and services that help them build the code faster and meet the innovation they need.

“Innovation and adoption of public cloud services has been constrained by the challenge of transitioning complex enterprise systems and applications into a true cloud-native environment,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President for IBM Hybrid Cloud and Director of IBM Research. “IBM Cloud Private brings rapid application development and modernization to existing IT infrastructure and positions it to be combined with the services and experience of a public cloud platform.”

With Cloud Private, organizations can easily shift their on-premises data and applications into private clouds, and further into public clouds as well.

The existing or new systems from every major hardware vendors including Dell EMC, Cisco Systems Inc. and Lenovo Group, etc. are compatible with the IBM Cloud Private, and can be deployed by the clients.

The aim of IBM is to offer a consistent platform for managing the IT stack, whether the apps are in cloud, data center or moving between the two.

IBM is planning to invest over $100 billion a year for next three years to create private clouds.

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IBM Cloud Private is optimized for IBM Z, IBM Power Systems and IBM Hyperconverged System powered by Nutanix, and is generally available now.