Nutanix enables remote cloud infrastructure management

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Enterprise cloud computing company Nutanix has introduced services that it says will enable IT teams to deploy, upgrade and troubleshoot their cloud infrastructure from anywhere and support remote workers.

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

Nutanix says IT teams have been working overtime to deliver remote work solutions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. But managing IT infrastructure, troubleshooting and updating software often means IT teams need to be on-site at their data centre, which is challenging considering social distancing requirements.

Greg Smith, VP of technical and product marketing at Nutanix says the company’s aim is to make IT infrastructure management so simple that it becomes practically invisible.

The new Nutanix Foundation Central service, which available immediately, will integrate with its HCI software. Managed through the company's Prism interface, Nutanix Foundation Central will enable IT teams to deploy private cloud infrastructure at scale from a single interface, from any location. After installing non-configured appliances or servers on-site, Foundation Central takes over to image and configure Nutanix nodes, and install any Nutanix software solution. It also allows businesses to simply scale existing infrastructure capacity to keep pace with business growth.

According to Smith, Nutanix Insights will provide predictive health and automated support services to streamline IT operations. The service will analyse telemetry from customers’ cloud deployments, including all clusters, sites and geographies, to identify on-going and potential issues that could impact application and data availability.

Should an issue be identified, Insights can provide customised recommendations to optimise the health and performance of the infrastructure. Moreover, the service can automatically open a support ticket with Nutanix, have a site reliability engineer assigned, and optionally collect and upload all relevant customer log files for analysis, with no need for manual intervention.

Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM), says Smith, will deliver one-click upgrades to the Nutanix software stack and to appliance firmware, without any application or infrastructure downtime. LCM can automatically determine any software and firmware dependencies, prioritise updates and orchestrate the entire upgrade process, removing guesswork and resulting in a more secure and resilient infrastructure.

Nutanix Foundation Central is currently available to customers, while Nutanix Insights and Lifecycle Manager are under development. More information on Nutanix solutions is available here.

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