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Nutanix launches solutions designed to empower IT teams working remotely

Nutanix has launched new solutions for cloud infrastructure management, enabling IT teams to deploy, upgrade and troubleshoot cloud software from anywhere, whether at home or from a central office location.

These solutions will be delivered via Nutanix Foundation Central, Insights and Lifecycle Manager, which will be available as part of Nutanix HCI software at no additional cost to customers.

The new solutions were designed to aid IT teams who are working overtime to deliver remote work solutions for businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They focus on enabling teams to manage IT infrastructure, resolve issues, and update software without having to be onsite at their data centre.

Managed through the Prism interface, Nutanix Foundation Central allows IT teams to deploy private cloud infrastructure on a global scale from a single interface, and from any location.

After installing non-configured appliances or servers on-site, Foundation Central then takes over to image and configure Nutanix nodes, and install any Nutanix software solution.

In addition to automating and centralising infrastructure software deployment, Foundation Central enables organisations to scale existing infrastructure capacity to keep pace with business growth.

Nutanix Insights will provide predictive health and automated support services to streamline IT operations globally.

The new service will analyse telemetry from customers’ cloud deployments, including all clusters, sites and geographies, to identify ongoing and potential issues that could impact application and data availability.

Once identified, the Insights service can provide customised recommendations to optimise the health and performance of the infrastructure.

These recommendations are based on established IT best practices, as well as knowledge accumulated by Nutanix in supporting more than 16,000 enterprises around the world.

Additionally, the Insights service can automatically open a support ticket with Nutanix, have a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) assigned, and optionally collect and upload all relevant customer log files for analysis, without manual interaction.

Preliminary internal data reveals that Insights will enable customers to resolve about 30% of issues without opening a support ticket, resulting in fewer support cases for a healthier IT and cloud infrastructure.

Finally, Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM) will deliver one-click upgrades to the Nutanix software stack, as well as to appliance firmware, without application or infrastructure downtime.

LCM can automatically determine any software and firmware dependencies, intelligently prioritise updates, and orchestrate the entire upgrade process removing guesswork, and resulting in a more secure and resilient infrastructure.

As with other Nutanix solutions, LCM will be able to operate anywhere to manage Nutanix environments globally. Nutanix Foundation Central is currently available to customers. Nutanix Insights and Lifecycle Manager are under development.

Nutanix VP of technical and product marketing Greg Smith says, “Nutanix was founded with a vision - to make IT infrastructure management so simple, that it essentially becomes invisible.

“These new capabilities will offer an even more seamless experience from day one and beyond - from anywhere. Nutanix’s simplified management as well as a more secure and resilient IT infrastructure, whether from home or a remote location, is something that is now more important than ever.”