Nutanix Back to Basics: Options for the Cloud
For some time, Nutanix has been talking about using an Enterprise Cloud to run a wide range of applications and workloads in IT environments, large and small. Our CEO and co-founder, Dheeraj Pandey, spoke about this topic earlier this year, explaining what made up an Enterprise Cloud and how IT organizations (including Nutanix ourselves as blogged by our CIO, Wendy Pfeiffer) are benefiting by adopting it in the age of multi-cloud.
However, we are still seeing a lot of confusion, uncertainty, and fear of the cloud from many in the industry. Vendors and others are using terms different from their intended usage, and the fast pace of innovations has no doubt contributed to this effect. In the traditional sense, “Cloud” is a metaphor for Internet or network-based IT, where different services, such as computing/servers, storage, and applications, are delivered to the end users and other consumers of that service.
When the term was first coined, it was essentially an extension of what service providers were already offering (storage, compute, applications, email, etc.), except it was done over public networks (or outside of a company’s firewall).
Today, IT organizations, analysts, and vendors are challenging the traditional definition to encompass ‘private’ cloud services. This is driven by the IT organization’s evolution from the manager of traditional services and applications, to a service provider in their own right – using a combination of their own in-house and outsourced services. Here are a couple of examples:
- A retail IT organization has created a self-service model for development and QA teams across different business units to quickly spin up new infrastructure on a shared platform to run virtual machines and containers for compiling code and testing. Some teams have gone so far as to integrate provisioning and tearing down infrastructure into their dev/test scripts using REST APIs. This IaaS offering replaces the myriad of public cloud services previously used by the IT team.
- In an attempt to consolidate software licensing and eliminate any potential security and compliance risks, an IT organization for a professional services company has deployed database as a service (DBaaS) for all of its business units. This has not only helped consolidate expensive licenses, it has also accelerated time to deploy and scale applications.
- Instead of delivering physical laptops and desktops, the centralized IT organization for a large company is pushing its field teams to embrace the concept of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), with access to IT applications and data over virtualized desktops. These virtualized desktops are delivered as a service (DaaS) hosted across regional datacenters, ensuring global connectivity and security.
Read the entire article here, Back to Basics: Options for the Cloud
Via the fine folks at Nutanix.