Intel and Nutanix Collaborate on New Hyperconverged Solution

At .NEXT 2019, Intel and Nutanix will announce a collaboration to deliver a new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution based on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ solid state drives (SSDs). The new solution will provide an HCI building block suitable for multiple demanding workloads so that enterprises can continue to construct and optimize their hybrid cloud environments.

An Easier Path

Hybrid cloud has evolved to become the infrastructure of choice for enterprises today because it allows IT managers to control costs and increase security through optimized workload placement. Even with all its benefits, hybrid cloud deployment is still a complex process that requires a focus on interoperability. The silos created by traditional datacenter infrastructure often present barriers to further evolution. HCI provides an easier path, combining compute, storage, and networking under unified software-defined management in order to give enterprises the agility and benefits of public cloud-like technology with the capabilities of on-premises infrastructure.

The Intel® Select Solution for Nutanix* HCI enables enterprises to quickly capitalize on these benefits as part of the larger Intel® Select Solution program. Intel Select Solutions are the result of deep engineering collaborations with the industry’s leading hardware original equipment manufacturers and software vendors, such as Nutanix, to optimize performance and boost IT velocity with pre-defined and verified infrastructure solution stacks.

Simple & Agile

Intel is pleased to collaborate with an HCI pioneer like Nutanix on this advanced solution. The Intel Select Solution for Nutanix HCI combines the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family and Optane technology with Nutanix software, and firmware to deliver a full infrastructure stack that integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualization to accelerate deployment.

Intel Select Solutions are a set of workload optimized, verified, and documented reference designs that help remove the complexity of IT transformation, from ordering to deployment. The solutions give IT managers a rich set of configurations that can enable new and more demanding workloads on hyperconverged infrastructure. Intel’s rigorous verification process ensures that the solution also meet or exceed pre-defined system level benchmarks.

Benchmarked & Tested

The Intel Select Solution for Nutanix HCI joins a number of new solutions for hybrid cloud that have been updated with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane SSD, and Intel 3D NAND SSDs. The new solution includes all-flash and all-NVMe configurations to support and scale multiple applications, and is benchmarked and optimized for strategic workloads. The Base configuration of the solution will target mixed workloads, while the Plus configuration will target more demanding, latency-sensitive workloads, such as database transaction processing, analytics, ERP, or a higher number of simultaneous workloads.

Lenovo intends to offer the Intel Select Solution for Nutanix HCI as part of its ThinkAgile HX offering to customers this summer. Additional OEMs are also expected bring the new solution to market starting in Q3’19.

“Intel Select Solutions showcase Lenovo’s close partnership with Intel and Nutanix to provide optimized solutions to our customers for their specific workload needs,” says Shekhar Mishra, Director, Software-Defined Infrastructure at Lenovo Data Center Group. “The three-way-verification, by Nutanix, Intel and Lenovo, reassures customers that the solution is ready to be deployed quickly without months of evaluation or a long selection process.”

In the Era of Data, the flexibility and simplicity of HCI is not necessarily the end objective of IT modernization initiatives. HCI is the foundation for building an enterprise cloud that can scale to meet data demands. Complete with reference designs tailored to different computing, memory, and storage needs, this new solution will help IT move to HCI while significantly reducing evaluation time. For more information, visit intel.com/selectsolutions.