Nutanix .NEXT 2017 (Europe) wrapped up last week, and what a great event it was! The conference was sold out, with close to 2,200 attendees, showing Nutanix’s growing popularity here in Europe. The solutions expo floor (where Veritas was Silver Sponsor) counted over 32 vendors, showcasing a myriad of integrated enterprise solutions.
The Veritas booth was buzzing with customers interested in our multi-cloud data management solutions and exiting global technology partnership with Nutanix.
Here are some of my takeaways.
It’s clear that hybrid cloud is here to stay.
I had probably over a dozen conversations with customers on why they use or consider Nutanix Enterprise Cloud in their data center, and the majority shared the same response:
"We simply cannot move our critical production applications and data to the public cloud - at least not all of them. Nutanix offers us the goodness of the public clouds but does that in our data center."
The foremost concern mentioned was a fear of security vulnerabilities. Other reasons included giving up control of their data, compliance regulation concerns (cross-border data transfer), the risk of outages, and cost (often network cost).
Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud addresses many of the public cloud concerns, and this is undoubtedly evident I guess in its growing popularity here in Europe. Nutanix leads with simplification, enabling you to control your virtual machines, applications and the underlying computing, storage, and network resources through a simple user interface without making compromises on functionality.
But, simplification of your data center infrastructure alone is not enough.
Despite the concerns I mentioned, customers certainly are journeying to the cloud. In fact, according to our new Truth in Cloud Survey, on average European organizations work with or plan to adopt cloud services from two different cloud service providers.
European organizations’ spending on cloud is on the rise too. Currently, organizations are spending 10.49 percent of the IT budget on cloud technologies, on average, and this proportion is expected to increase to 17.94 percent in two years’ time - an increase of 71 percent.
The reality is that European organizations are multi-cloud.
Therefore, you must be able to move data and applications in and out of your data center to public clouds seamlessly with no provider lock-in, and do that with the confidence that your data is secure, backed up and compliant regardless of the location. What you need is a holistic data management approach that spans not only, for example, your Nutanix Enterprise Cloud in your data center but your public clouds too.
Here is where Veritas comes in.
Veritas helps you to navigate the complexities of this hybrid, multi-cloud world by fully addressing all aspects of data management from data protection, compliance readiness, and workload portability to business continuity and storage optimization. We partner with many leading cloud providers and cloud technology vendors like Nutanix to help you manage your data and extract maximum value from it.
Peter Grimmond, Chief Technology Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, discussed in theCUBE, how Veritas supports the Nutanix’s Acropolis Hypervisor and how customers are using both companies' technologies to boost their digital transformation.
Charles Butler, Principal Product Manager for NetBackup, presented at the Nutanix Partner Theatre. He talked about the move to hyper-converged infrastructures, and the importance of a modern, unified data protection approach. You would be surprised to hear how many customers told us that they were not backing up their Nutanix environments. He writes on this in his latest blog. Make sure you read it too.
More exciting stuff to come!
Make sure you backup your Nutanix Enterprise Cloud with Veritas!
A big THANK YOU! to the entire Nutanix team for a great conference! Nutanix really rocked this one. Congrats!
Arjan van Proosdij
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