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SMS HCIaaS With Nutanix

By Jeremy Savoy, Director, ITaaS Solutions & Strategy, SMS

The way we consume and manage IT resources is changing. The traditional CAPEX-heavy procurement models for on-premise infrastructure are no longer the only options for organizations. IT as-a-service (ITaaS) models, such as hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as a service (HCIaaS), are becoming more popular as businesses look for ways to reduce costs and simplify IT management. HCIaaS is a cloud-like service delivery model for hyperconverged infrastructure. HCI is a type of infrastructure that combines compute, storage, and networking into a single system. HCIaaS takes this one step further by delivering HCI as a service via a simple monthly pricing model based on usage, making it simpler for business to deploy and scale and more cost-effective to consume. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at SMS’ HCIaaS offering featuring Nutanix. We’ll explore the benefits of HCI and as-a-service delivery models. We’ll also see how SMS HCIaaS can help your business simplify IT management and reduce costs.

If you’re looking for an HCI solution that can help you reduce costs and improve performance, then you should check out Nutanix. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to Nutanix and explain how it works. We’ll also discuss the benefits of using Nutanix, including its ability to reduce costs and simplify scalability.

Introducing Nutanix

HCI is a growing trend in the data center, and Nutanix is one of the leading companies in this space. Hyperconverged systems are composed of a tightly coupled set of hardware and software that allow organizations to run virtualized workloads on a single system comprised of compute, storage and virtualization. This eliminates the need for separate and potentially siloed storage, compute, networking infrastructure – making Nutanix extremely cost-effective.

​​​​​​​Nutanix’s core products are Acropolis and Prism. Acropolis is Nutanix’s original flagship product and is comprised of the software-defined storage layer and the virtualization layer that enable organizations to run virtualized workloads on a single hyperconverged system. This system is designed to optimize performance and scalability while reducing costs. Prism is Nutanix’s web-based user interface that enables users to manage their HCI systems from anywhere in the world. Nutanix Calm is an orchestration tool that allows administrators to migrate virtual machines (VMs) between different nodes in different locations and within different clouds without affecting performance or data continuity. Lastly, Nutanix Beam is an automated cloud cost optimization tool that helps administrators optimize their HCI deployments for maximum efficiency by identifying wasted resources and suggesting cost-effective solutions.

Nutanix has been recognized as a leader in the HCI market by several independent research firms, including Gartner, Forrester, IDC, and CRN. These firms have all praised Nutanix for its innovative products and customer-centric approach to development. In addition to its core HCI offerings, Nutanix also offers a variety of other services such as support desk automation, disaster recovery services, cloud migration tools, data sovereignty solutions, SLA management tools etcetera. Overall, Nutanix provides an excellent solution for organizations looking for an efficient way to deploy virtualized applications on unified infrastructure without sacrificing performance or scalability.

Key Features of HCI

HCI is a new way of thinking about IT that helps to simplify your infrastructure by consolidating multiple systems into one. The key benefit of HCI is that it helps to reduce complexity and improves efficiency. By consolidating your systems into one platform, you can reduce the time that it takes to deploy and manage them. Additionally, HCI can help to improve security by reducing the number of points of attack.

Nutanix HCI offers several key features that make it stand out from other hyperconverged infrastructure providers: converged networking (including 100Gb Ethernet and InfiniBand), support for multiple virtualization technologies including Acropolis, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, expandability with additional nodes, live storage snapshotting for disaster recovery purposes, and support for both enterprise class applications as well as consumer grade applications.

Nutanix has some impressive performance numbers: up to five times faster than traditional SANs; 10 times faster than traditional bare-metal servers; four times faster than flash-based solutions; three times faster than scale-up solutions; two orders of magnitude cheaper than an equivalent hardware stack from leading vendors; supports thousands more I/O operations per second (IOPS).

Another great benefit of using Nutanix HCI is its enhanced scalability. Thanks to its clustered architecture, Nutanix can handle larger loads with ease – no matter how big your data set grows. This makes it a great choice for businesses that need to grow quickly without sacrificing performance or reliability. Scalability is linear, making growth or contraction as simple as adding or removing a node from the clusters.

Security is always a concern when it comes to data management solutions, and Nutanix takes this into account with their products. They use multiple layers of security including encrypting all data at rest and protecting it with advanced firewall technologies. In addition, they offer 24/7 support so that you can always be sure that your data is safe no matter what situation arises.

The Power of SMS’ IT-As-A-Service Delivery Models

As business embark on their journey of digital transformation and application modernization, it’s important to find ways to deliver internal IT services in a cost effective yet flexible and scalable way. That’s where as-a-service delivery models come in. Here we’ll explore the benefits of using as-a-service procurement models for delivery of IT goods and services. We’ll discuss how increased flexibility and scalability are both important for businesses, and how more predictable expenses can help you keep your costs under control.

Increased Flexibility

As-a-service delivery models are becoming more and more prevalent, and for good reason. They offer increased flexibility when compared to traditional CAPEX-based procurement models. Services can be scaled up or down as needed, without penalties that might be found in a traditional lease, and pay- as- you- go pricing makes it easy to budget for. As-a-service delivery models are also more flexible than traditional procurement models, making it easier to pivot to new technologies to adapt to changes in business needs.

Improved Scalability

The ITaaS delivery model is ideal for organizations that experience sporadic or unpredictable spikes in demand, as it enables them to scale up their IT services quickly and easily without incurring any additional costs. As a result, pay-as-you-go models are often used by companies that experience sudden surges in traffic or activity.

As-a-service delivery models also offer a high degree of scalability, as they allow organizations to increase or decrease the amount of resources they consume in line with their changing needs. This makes them much more flexible and adaptable than traditional buy-up-front on- premises delivery models.

More Predictable Expenses

Improved scalability can also help organizations to improve their growth strategies, as they can simply scale up their IT services to meet increased demand in the event of an unexpected outage or incident, all with a predictable cost.

Finally, as changing business needs dictate more or less resources deployed – ITaaS can also save money in the long run by allowing organizations to scale down their consumption when necessary.

Why SMS HCIaaS is the Way Forward

HCI is a growing trend in the enterprise. It provides an efficient way to manage data and applications across multiple nodes and locations, making it an ideal solution for cloud-native applications.

Nutanix offers the best features and performance of any HCI solution on the market today. SMS HCIaaS with Nutanix provides the ability to scale up or down quickly with no hidden fees or penalties, which is important when dealing with unexpected growth in capacity or changing business needs. Nutanix’s unique approach to HCI delivers unparalleled efficiency, scale, and flexibility. This makes it a great choice for deployments that need to be highly available but also require heightened levels of scalability.

SMS is the only provider of true HCI as a service (HCIaaS), offering the benefits of economies of scale, pay as you go pricing, and complete freedom from IT infrastructure worries. This makes SMS HCIaaS an ideal solution for organizations that want to take advantage of HCI without worrying about underlying IT infrastructure architecture.

To Wrap Things Up

There are many benefits to considering SMS HCIaaS with Nutanix, including scalability, improved performance, reduced TCO, and predictable expenses. If you’re interested in exploring hyperconverged infrastructure options but don’t want to deal with the cost and complexity of procuring a solution in the traditional CAPEX procurement models, SMS HCIaaS may be the right option for you. Contact us today to learn more!

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