Nutanix announced new features in the Nutanix Cloud platform, including the release of AOS version 6 software, to help businesses build modern, software-defined data centers and accelerate their hybrid multicloud deployments.
With these new features, businesses will benefit from an integrated virtual network, improved disaster recovery, and zero-trust security that would otherwise require additional hardware, software, and specialist skills. More importantly, due to the integrated nature of the Nutanix Cloud platform, all functionality is managed through a single interface, which significantly reduces operational overhead.
“Our customers are looking for cloud solutions that can adapt to their needs, with an emphasis on simplicity, flexibility and the freedom to choose the right technology for each situation,” said Rajiv Mirani, CTO at Nutanix. “The Nutanix Cloud platform continues to break down common silos within IT teams with the goal of simplifying operations so customers can focus on business needs. With these new features, we focused on solving the common challenges many businesses face in hybrid multicloud environments, including security, disaster recovery, and virtual networks.
Simplified virtual private cloud on hybrid multicloud
Nutanix AOS 6 can now deliver Flow Networking, a network virtualization offering on the AHV hypervisor that allows customers to simplify their networking through a single software-defined glass management panel. Businesses and service providers can now easily create virtual private clouds (VPCs) to provide their users with cloud-like agility with minimal reliance on hardware switches and routers.
Flow Networking also offers VPN features that allow customers to connect and extend their virtual networks to any public and private cloud infrastructure. The ability to provide cloud connectivity on demand, without the need for dedicated physical appliances and other complex configurations, further reduces costs and simplifies operations for customers.
Extended access for enterprise-grade business continuity and disaster recovery
Customers who adopt the Nutanix Cloud platform with AOS 6 gain access to new business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) capabilities that were previously only available in specialized solutions. AOS 6 enables the public cloud to operate as a secondary site, native metro clustering support for the integrated AHV hypervisor enabling automatic failover in the event of a disaster, as well as end-to-end encryption capabilities for traffic disaster recovery.
In addition, a new DR dashboard provides a complete view of the configuration and status of customer disaster recovery at primary and secondary sites. These capabilities allow organizations to eliminate specialized disaster recovery hardware and software, reduce licensing costs, improve recovery time, simplify operations, and potentially eliminate secondary hot standby sites. expensive. It enables midsize businesses that may not have the budget or the skills to implement robust disaster recovery capabilities to better protect their businesses from disasters.
Automated zero-trust security policies
More organizations are looking to take a zero-trust approach to security, but developing policies that are both effective and efficient can be a significant hurdle, especially for environments that span public and private clouds. The upcoming features of the Nutanix Cloud platform, as part of the Flow Security Central SaaS platform, eliminate this common challenge by automatically creating Flow microsegmentation policies through a machine learning-based scheduling engine that analyzes network traffic for an organization and recommends security policies to protect machine workloads from potential attacks.
Additionally, the Nutanix Cloud platform will integrate with Qualys Inc.’s vulnerability management detection and response (VMDR) solution to enable customers to streamline security patching efforts with vulnerability detection capabilities. virtual machine centric threats and vulnerability risk visualization. The enhanced protection in Nutanix Files will help detect and prevent against over 4,000 known ransomware attack signatures with the ability to dynamically deliver new signatures.
Finally, Nutanix AOS, AHV and Files products are now approved for placement on the Department of Defense Information Network (APL) Approved Product List after successfully passing rigorous cybersecurity and interoperability testing.
“AOS 6, along with the virtual networking and security innovations in Nutanix cloud platforms, provide an out-of-the-box end-to-end platform to run any application, including the most mission critical, on-premises and in the public cloud, ”said Eric Sheppard, Research Vice President, IDC Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies Group. “The new features meet many demands from corporate customers looking to increase efficiency and reliability in clouds, to meet their current and future needs. “
Enterprise-grade virtual networking and disaster recovery capabilities are currently available to customers; security enhancements are currently under development.