Nutanix follows up their recent partnership with AWS with a second major cloud infrastructure partnership, designed to emphasize the importance of the company’s focus now on hybrid cloud infrastructure.
The Nutanix Channel Charter, introduced only two years ago, will run in parallel with the Elevate program until all partners have made their competency choices, with all partners being grandfathered under the Channel Charter benefits until then.
While the Microsoft and Diamanti solutions are complete net-news, the expansion of the Nutanix ThinkAgile HX portfolio to include the first AMD models in the Lenovo HCI portfolio may be the biggest news.
The new enhancements, upgrading Pivot3’s Intelligence Engine to include both a system-level upgrade orchestration and a health and a best practices analyzer, are targeted at the video security market that makes up much of Pivot3’a business.
The new offering is a bundle of existing components, adding Acronis Backup and a choice of partner VDI offerings to the Scale HC3 platform, but it is purpose-built for organizations looking to protect home-based workforces.
While the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors contribute new efficiencies, the big breakthrough here is the new Lenovo servers delivering dual socket performance with a single socket, as well as density and versatility enhancements.
The Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 is a turnkey HCI appliance designed around the Microsoft Azure Stack for edge use cases, while the ThinkSystem DM7100 is an NVMe-powered unified storage array whose tiering capabilities are well suited to hybrid cloud strategies.
Scale has seen their initial partnership with Acronis around Acronis Backup to be a major competitive displacement advantage for partners, and are looking to extend that further with the Acronis cloud backup solution.
Based on Intel’s Gen 10 NUC, the small form factor HE150 has the same software stack as Scale’s HC3 appliance, but is aimed at even smaller sites without even a small server closet, as it takes up only the space as three stacked smartphones.