Cisco and Nutanix partnership focuses on simplifying hybrid multicloud adoption

Sept. 5, 2023
The new pact aims to deliver a hybrid cloud solution to simplify customer operations, maximize resiliency, and accelerate IT transformation.

Cisco and Nutanix, the hybrid multicloud computing provider, have launched a global strategic partnership to accelerate hybrid multicloud deployments by offering a hyperconverged IT modernization and business transformation solution.

To help IT organizations overcome operational hurdles and sustainability and security concerns due to increasing multicloud complexity, the new partnership can simplify and accelerate the delivery of infrastructure and applications globally through best-in-class cloud operating models, flexibility and automated resiliency with customer support.

The new offering integrates Cisco's SaaS-managed compute and networking infrastructure (Cisco Unified Computing System with Cisco Intersight) with the Nutanix Cloud Platform (Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, Nutanix Cloud Manager, Nutanix Unified Storage, and Nutanix Desktop Services) and will be sold by Cisco using its extensive go-to-market reach. Customers will benefit from a fully integrated and validated solution that is holistically sold, built, managed and supported.

The solution will offer flexible deployment options with support for Cisco UCS rack and blade servers, including initial support for C-Series Servers and planned future support for UCS X-Series, winner of the 2023 SEAL Sustainable Product of the Year Award and CRN's 2023 Tech Innovator Award. The new offering will integrate advanced Cisco servers (UCS), networking and security (ACI), and management (UCS Manager, Intersight) with the Nutanix Cloud Platform software.

The Nutanix Cloud Platform provides a cloud operating model with a single platform for running applications and data across data centers, edges and public clouds. To best support application deployments, from mission-critical workloads to AI-driven innovation, performance and capacity scale linearly, resilience is delivered from the ground up with self-healing nodes, and persistent storage is natively integrated.

Cisco and Nutanix will enable their global sales teams and partners worldwide to offer a new solution combining the two companies’ technologies and collaborative go-to-market support driven by the Cisco team. The solution is expected to be available in the next 90 days.

Jeremy Foster, senior VP and general manager for Cisco Compute, said the new partnership will enable it to address customers’ desire for simple, sustainable, and future-ready solutions. "This partnership answers with a complete solution spanning virtual compute, networking and storage across customer data centers and public clouds,” he said. “By combining Cisco's award-winning SaaS-managed compute portfolio with Nutanix's market-proven cloud platform software, we can help customers develop a balanced approach to power modern workloads on-prem and in the cloud."

Tarkan Maner, chief commercial officer at Nutanix, agreed and added that this “partnership will deliver an expanded market opportunity for both organizations as they tackle the challenges of standardizing, simplifying, and securing environments across the data center, in the public cloud and the edge."

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