Nutanix and Purple Hat partnered to make it simpler for clients to combine their software package to build, scale and handle cloud-based mostly containerized and virtualized programs.

The offer calls for the Nutanix Cloud System to become the “preferred option” for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) for Purple Hat Organization Linux (RHEL) and the OpenShift Container System. Purple Hat’s OpenShift also turns into the preferred selection for complete-stack Kubernetes on the Nutanix Cloud System, which includes the Acropolis Working Procedure (AOS) and Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).

Nutanix AHV joined VMware ESXi and ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and Purple Hat’s KVM on the list of hypervisors accredited to operate with RHEL and OpenShift. The Nutanix-Purple Hat partnership also calls for ongoing joint engineering operate to guarantee interoperability and aid for RHEL, OpenShift and AHV.

James Governor, an analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, mentioned certification and joint aid is important in the HCI current market. The partnership also enables Purple Hat and Nutanix to “force again” against increasing competitiveness from VMware in the expanding current market for hybrid Kubernetes platforms, he mentioned.

“OpenShift was the early current market leader and has clients in a range of sectors employing the platform to modernize software package supply,” Governor mentioned. “For Nutanix clients, the offer signifies a likely pricing lever against VMware, as they can use Nutanix’s hypervisor, somewhat than VMware, if they’re adopting the joint remedy for infrastructure simplification.”

Governor mentioned, if he ended up a client or associate, his future move would be agitating for joint special discounts and reseller agreements.

For Nutanix clients, the offer signifies a likely pricing lever against VMware.
James GovernorAnalyst and co-founder, RedMonk

Impetus for Nutanix-Purple Hat partnership

The impetus for the Nutanix-Purple Hat partnership was client desire and demand, according to Ron Pacheco, director of merchandise administration at Purple Hat. He mentioned Purple Hat fielded a “crescendo” of inquiries about the past yr or two from clients wanting to run RHEL in Nutanix HCI and, far more just lately, noticed early signals of clients fascinated in pairing OpenShift and Nutanix HCI.

Purple Hat OpenShift now has far more than 3,two hundred clients, symbolizing nearly 4 times the number of shoppers that used it just prior to IBM saying its acquisition of Purple Hat, according to statements built throughout IBM’s next-quarter earnings simply call past thirty day period. IBM declared the $34 billion acquisition of Purple Hat in October 2018, and the offer shut in July 2019.

Pacheco mentioned Nutanix HCI could serve as a enhance to Purple Hat OpenShift and enable relieve hybrid-cloud deployments for DevOps teams with confined resources. He observed Nutanix delivers documentation on how to put in OpenShift inside Nutanix HCI and accredited its Container Storage Interface driver and CSI Operator for Kubernetes to allow the provisioning of persistent volumes.

Monica Kumar, senior vice president of promoting and cloud go-to-current market at Nutanix, mentioned, in addition to HCI, the Nutanix Cloud System also includes unified block, file and object storage, software orchestration, administration and catastrophe restoration capabilities. Several clients use Nutanix with Purple Hat systems to deploy mission-crucial programs such as Oracle databases, SAP HANA and Epic Techniques health care software package, she included.

Nutanix client count

Nutanix has close to 19,five hundred clients, and 52% of the overall nodes that run the company’s software package use the AHV hypervisor, which is based mostly on open supply KVM virtualization know-how, just as Purple Hat’s hypervisor is, Kumar mentioned. She was unable to present estimates on the number of Nutanix clients that use the Purple Hat OpenShift Container System or have expressed an desire in it.

“Most clients have a hybrid cloud method. They are establishing programs in the cloud or employing the exact same cloud-indigenous factors on premises,” Kumar mentioned. “The truth that, now, we are coming with each other with Purple Hat and giving clients a joint remedy to not only build cloud-indigenous apps, but also to run them, scale them and handle them — both on premises or in hybrid clouds — is a significant offer for our clients.”

Kumar mentioned a lot of clients build programs for the general public cloud, but Nutanix client surveys present there is also a “massive appetite” for jogging cloud-indigenous-like services on premises, as effectively.

“We are observing a lot of of our clients wanting that versatility where they can deploy programs employing the exact same methodology, exact same software established, exact same constructs, irrespective of whether on premises or in a general public cloud, and then have the versatility to deploy anywhere,” Kumar mentioned. “And we feel there is a substantial synergy between Purple Hat and Nutanix in phrases of supplying hybrid methods across a number of clouds.”

Nutanix Clusters on AWS supports HCI deployments that span on-premises and Amazon’s general public cloud. Kumar mentioned a related selection is in the functions for future standard availability with Microsoft Azure, and Nutanix is concerned in discussions with more cloud vendors.

“Our intention for the foreseeable foreseeable future is to enable our clients navigate cloud complexity,” Kumar mentioned. “This is not about just doing work on 1 cloud. This is about supplying methods to our clients where they can build as soon as and deploy anywhere. They can use the exact same know-how in Azure, in Google, on AWS and on premises.”

Carol Sliwa is a TechTarget senior writer covering storage arrays and drives, flash and memory systems, and enterprise architecture.