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Nutanix named leader in HCI for the fifth time by Gartner
Thu, 25th Nov 2021
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Nutanix has announced it's been named a Leader for the fifth time in the Gartner November 2021 Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Software.

Nutanix says the continued recognition as a Leader can be attributed to its expanded and enhanced HCI software capabilities and customer support that has earned an average 90 Net Promoter Score (NPS) for the past seven years.

"Nutanix is no stranger to driving innovation to ensure that our HCI solutions are meeting our customers where they are on their cloud journeys," says Nutanix chief technology officer, Rajiv Mirani.

"Businesses are increasingly embracing hybrid multi-cloud strategies, and we've seen customers rapidly adopt HCI solutions to simplify data center modernisation efforts while capitalising on the added automation, ease of use, agility and full software stack capabilities that HCI enables," he says.

"We believe that our continued recognition in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software demonstrates Nutanix's commitment to providing expanded solution capabilities and support that results in the success of our customers."

As organisations plan for the future, businesses continue to adopt cloud operating models and modernise their on-premises infrastructure. This means organisations can respond in real-time to the ever-changing IT landscape, with hybrid multi-cloud solutions offering the benefits of both public and private clouds.

"HCI solutions have emerged as an effective tool to deliver data center modernisation as well as cut down on the cost and complexity that accompany hybrid multi-cloud deployments," says Gartner.

"HCI stacks can be turnkey hybrid clouds, providing infrastructure management and cloud services both on-premises and in hyperscale public clouds. They have effectively replaced build-it-yourself hybrid cloud technologies such as OpenStack."

The company also notes that the most advanced HCI stacks provide the full stack of software-defined infrastructure - compute, storage and networking. It says SDI is a key enabling technology for automation, hybrid clouds and edge infrastructure.

"In terms of maturity, Nutanix was far ahead of all the other HCI players," says USC Marshall School of Business associate director of Operations and Infrastructure Services, Dan Lewis.

"We were impressed with Nutanix and how quickly we could get everything set up in a compact environment without sacrificing any performance. That was the gating factor for us because if we were going to switch to an all-in-one system, it had to be powerful and resilient.

"The solution had to be able to survive node failures, but also block failures and network failures. Nutanix Cloud Platform was the only platform that met all of our requirements," he says.

With HCI at its core, the Nutanix Cloud Platform offers unified management, with application, data and license portability between multiple clouds, whether private or public.

Nutanix says it's recently added enhancements to its HCI software capabilities to break down silos in multi-cloud operations, including built-in enterprise-grade virtualisation, virtual networking, security, business continuity and disaster recovery.

It has also added new capabilities in the Nutanix Cloud Platform to simplify data management and optimise database and big data workload performance for the most critical applications. Including expanded unified storage capabilities focused on performance, scale, mobility and governance for objects, files and databases.

Nutanix also continues to strengthen its platform for cloud-native applications and recently announced a strategic partnership with Red Hat to deliver open hybrid multi-cloud solutions. The partnership enables customers to run Red Hat OpenShift on Nutanix's AHV hypervisor and utilise the storage, networking, management, and security capabilities built into Nutanix's HCI solution for a best-in-class Kubernetes environment.

Nutanix Cloud Platform and AHV are also certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, allowing customers to deploy virtualised and containerised workloads on hyper-converged infrastructure, building on the combined benefits of Red Hat's open hybrid cloud technologies and Nutanix's hyper-converged offerings.