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Puppet buys data visualization startup Reflect for data visualization capabilities

Puppet, the DevOps automation company, recently announced that it has acquired data-visualization-as-a-service platform Reflect Technologies.

Founded in 2015, Reflect is a Portland-based startup which raised $2.5 million in a seed capital funding in 2016. The difference between other data visualization companies and Reflect is that it delivers the products as a service. It helps enterprises to add the analytics capabilities to their software and further deliver those capabilities to end-customers.

The acquisition of Reflect will help Puppet to speed up its product innovation, so that it can deliver its customers the modern and flexible analytics capabilities with automation platform.

“We’ve always helped customers mine valuable information about the state of their IT landscape and take action on it. With the innovation and talent in the marketplace today, we have an opportunity to improve that experience—giving customers new ways to leverage their data, and make faster, more informed decisions,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO, Puppet. “Reflect brings the right pedigree of modern technology and unique talent to make this a perfect match.”

Puppet believes that the integrated solution will help companies make better decisions as their footprints rapidly expand and become more complex. It will provide them clear insights across every platform.

“Reflect helps organizations transform their raw data into visual stories that are easy to understand,” said Alex Bilmes, CEO and co-founder, Reflect. “With Puppet’s technology and expertise, we are able to capture an incredibly rich dataset, unlike any other available today. By joining forces, we will be able to deliver value from that data through beautiful charts, visualizations and interactive data tools.”

In September 2017, Puppet had acquired the continuous delivery automation software company Distelli to add container and application capabilities to its automation platform.

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As a part of the acquisition, Puppet has absorbed all the products and employees of Reflect. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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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.