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Nutanix leverages expanded partner ecosystem for AFS software

06 Oct 2017

Enterprise cloud computing company Nutanix has announced new capabilities for its Acropolis File Services (AFS) software and says the solution will be bolstered as customers leverage its partner program.

The AFS software is delivered as part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS, and the company says approximately 10% of their customers are choosing Nutanix AFS for their file services needs.

It says by exploiting the Nutanix partner community, customers will see improved delivery of the AFS solution in a number of different ways.

For instance, it says by using AV solutions from Symantec, companies will be able to secure sensitive company data with simple in-line antivirus scans.  

Furthermore, its partners Rubrik and Comtrade will facilitate efficient backup of AFS data, while Peer Software will allow for enablement of active AFS deployments so that geographically-distributed teams can still collaborate on projects

It also says Varonis and STEALTHbits will allow for detailed audits of file system access.

Sunil Potti, Nutanix chief product and development officer says, “Rapid AFS adoption shows that customers are clamouring for more ways to converge and simplify all their IT operations, and to replace legacy products with more flexible software-driven solutions.”

“By dramatically reducing operational complexity and leveraging a common software layer, we’re enabling our customers to turn IT into a profit centre,” he says.

“We believe customers will continue their enthusiastic adoption of AFS as part of the overall consumption of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS and we look forward to continuing to expand our partner ecosystem to serve their broadest needs.”

According to Nutanix, its Enterprise Cloud OS leverages core web-scale architecture to provide portfolio services to power critical business applications.

It says these application building blocks include on-demand compute resources, along with elastic storage services for block and file-based data, enabling IT managers to build and operate enterprise data centres that rival public clouds.

It says the AFS software gives customers a public cloud experience, but with the security and control of a private cloud deployment, with AFS customers able to manage file services using its Prism solution.

David DePillis, Kelley Kronenberg chief technology officer says, “With Nutanix AFS, we have been able to integrate all VM and file systems into the same infrastructure.

“Before AFS, I was faced with having to completely overhaul my filer system, but rather than spend more money on a data silo, we ripped out our legacy NetApp filer and consolidated everything on the Nutanix platform,” he says.

“With all our infrastructure on one platform, my team can focus on business-driving initiatives, not infrastructure management.”

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