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Nutanix makes hybrid cloud push with Calm and Xi Cloud

Hyper-converged infrastructure maker Nutanix has announced its Enterprise Cloud OS will go hybrid cloud and span in-house and public cloud deployments via Nutanix Calm while also launching Xi Cloud, a set of hybrid cloud services.

Launched at its .Next conference in Washington, DC, the hyper-converged pioneer company set out its push for a hybrid cloud future.

“Hybrid cloud needs a reboot,” said product marketing director Greg Smith. “We need an architecture with the same tooling and technology with workflows across the stack, or else we risk creating another IT silo.”

Smith said a hybrid cloud capability was needed that goes beyond core applications in the public and private cloud to secondary use cases such as disaster recovery and branch offices.

“We envision multiple clouds, such as core, edge and distributed. But the primary requirement is a single cloud,” said Smith, who added that Nutanix aims to work towards, “a single cloud across all spheres”.

Nutanix Xi Cloud is one part of this strategy. It will allow customers to add cloud services to Nutanix in their datacentre. Smith described it as a “native extension to the enterprise cloud”.

The first service available in Xi Cloud will be disaster recovery, manageable from the Nutanix Prism management interface.

Customers will be able to setup, manage and test disaster recovery functionality that will operate seamless between their datacentre and the cloud. Customers will be able to select virtual machines, the protection level required, recovery point objective (RPO), service levels and monitor cloud budget consumption.

Global availability for Xi Cloud is projected to be early 2018. Disaster recovery will be followed by other services but Smith declined to specify what they would be.

Meanwhile, Nutanix Calm will provide an application lifecycle management tool that will allow customers to provision and manage applications across on-premises Nutanix Enterprise OS and public cloud environments, in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

Nutanix Calm will be available by the end of 2017. Nutanix Enterprise OS is currently available on Nutanix’s own appliances, as well as approved hardware from IBM, Dell EMC, Lenovo, Cisco and HPE.

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