Cisco and Nutanix have announced a global strategic partnership aimed at simplifying and accelerating hybrid multicloud deployments. The collaboration aims to provide a comprehensive solution for IT modernization and business transformation by combining resources and technologies from both companies.
According to both the firms, the partnership is geared towards addressing the operational challenges and security concerns that IT organizations face due to the complexities of managing multicloud environments. “The integrated offering is expected to streamline infrastructure and application delivery on a global scale. The goal is to enable organizations to adopt cloud operating models more effectively, while offering flexibility and automated resilience.
Minimise operational challenges and security concerns
According to Jeremy Foster, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Compute, the new solution will span virtual compute, networking, and storage. It aims to function across both customer data centers and public clouds. Cisco's software-as-a-service (SaaS)-managed compute portfolio will be combined with Nutanix's cloud platform software to offer a more balanced approach for managing workloads both on-premises and in the cloud.
“This partnership answers with a complete solution spanning virtual compute, networking and storage across customer data centers and public clouds. By combining Cisco's award-winning SaaS-managed compute portfolio with Nutanix's market-proven cloud platform software, we can help customers develop a balanced approach to power modern workloads on-prem and in the cloud,” said Foster.
Tarkan Maner, chief commercial officer, Nutanix, stressed that the partnership aims to offer an integrated hardware and software platform that supports application deployment in various environments. The collaboration is intended to help both companies broaden their market reach by offering solutions for standardizing, simplifying, and securing multicloud environments.
Integrated hardware and software platform
“As organizations look to keep up with the pace of innovation, they need an integrated hardware and software platform to support application deployment anywhere,” said Maner. “This partnership will deliver an expanded market opportunity for both organizations as they tackle the challenges of standardizing, simplifying, and securing environments across the data center, in public cloud and the edge.”
The new integrated offering will combine Cisco's SaaS-managed compute and networking infrastructure, specifically Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Intersight, with the Nutanix Cloud Platform. The Nutanix platform comprises several components, including Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, Nutanix Cloud Manager, Nutanix Unified Storage, and Nutanix Desktop Services.
Cisco to sell the combined solution
Cisco will sell the combined solution, which will be fully integrated and validated for end-to-end functionality. The solution is designed to offer flexible deployment options and will initially support Cisco UCS rack and blade servers, with future support planned for UCS X-Series servers.
The Nutanix Cloud Platform offers a single platform for running applications and data across multiple locations, including data centers, edges, and public clouds. It is designed to scale both performance and capacity linearly and includes self-healing nodes for resilience. The platform also integrates persistent storage natively.
Cisco and Nutanix plan to enable their global sales teams and partners to offer the integrated solution, with the Cisco team leading the go-to-market efforts. The availability of the solution is expected within the next three months.