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XenTegra will discuss topics surrounding Nutanix's industry-leading, 100% software-defined hyper-converged infrastructure to provide a single cloud platform that seamlessly brings to life your hybrid and multi-cloud strategy. Whether on-prem or in the cloud, you get unified management and operations with one-click simplicity, intelligent automation, and always-on availability.
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In recent years, and the last 18 months in particular, IT teams have been under pressure to become more agile to support an increasingly hybrid workplace amidst ever evolving business needs. Many businesses have packed years’ worth of digital transformation efforts into a short span of time while operating under reduced budgets. Both private and public cloud vendors are striving to better serve their customers’ needs, which frequently includes running workloads on a mix of on-premises and cloud infrastructure, dictated by workload and business needs. While the idea of a Hybrid Cloud architecture has been around for a while, there have been several challenges that prevented rapid adoption of hybrid cloud platforms. Managing complex networking between on-premises datacenters and public clouds has been a long-standing obstacle, and re-architecting legacy applications for the cloud can be time-consuming and expensive. Another issue has been the inefficiency created by silos of using multiple different management tools for various clouds.To address these challenges and power their customers IT needs to the next level, Nutanix is collaborating with Microsoft on hybrid cloud solutions that help blend the boundaries between cloud and on-premises for a true hybrid cloud experience.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Ever wondered what it would take to build your own private cloud with Nutanix? Well, now you can try it out with the all-new Nutanix Test Drive 2.0. If you want to experience frictionless IT, you can put our software to the test in this new and improved demo.We’re excited to deliver this new release so that you can test out the infrastructure that thousands of companies rely on every day for fast, efficient datacenter operations. With just a few clicks, you’ll accomplish tasks that used to take days or even weeks.This is just one of many releases that we have planned for the year. This initial phase will allow you to explore three areas across the Nutanix solution portfolio.Take a guided tour and then get moving on your own with a deep dive hands-on lab. And if you have questions along the way, connect with an expert through our chat system. Get ready to experience IT at a whole new level of simplicity!Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
In this week's episode, we cover the top 10ish announcements from Nutanix .NEXT 2021 according to Jirah.  With a few interruptions from his friends.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxGuest: Randy BrownGuest: Jeff Melnick
People have many reasons for getting technical certifications. It can be a stepping stone to a new job. It can be a way to show off what you've learned over the years. And some people collect them to prove their professional expertise across a variety of technologies.IT companies create certifications for many reasons as well. It can help customers get the most value out of the product. It can help reduce support costs, which frees up company resources to focus on innovations and new products. And it can help ensure that their partner ecosystem is fully up to speed on all the latest and greatest developments in their product.But none of those reasons matters if no one is aware of your certification, or it has no value to the overall industry and job market. That's why salary surveys like the ones produced by Global Knowledge, Robert Half, and others are so important. They poll the industry globally and find out what areas are growing, what areas may be declining, and help IT professionals make educated decisions about how to guide their career for the future.Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Provisioning new databases and cloning database requests make up a hefty portion of a database administrator’s (DBAs) workload. As reported in Forrester’s Total Economic Impact survey for Nutanix Era, database provisioning is time consuming, tedious, and often requires additional approvals for new systems to support the new provision. DBAs reported that “to handle the capacity of existing database management and incoming requests, the DBA teams often needed to work overtime and weekends” (Forrester p7). As one respondent noted: “We get requests for new databases all the time, but we have to have a server before we can even start. Our database and operations teams were resource-constrained, and a request could take up to two weeks to deliver. That was just too long” (Forrester p7).The Forrester study also noted that many organizations lack standard workflow procedures that can streamline the provisioning process for more effective procedures in database provisioning. Surveyed customers commented that, when workflow best practices are applied holistically across several different database types, common provisioning mistakes could be avoided.Nutanix has partnered with ServiceNow, Inc. to integrate Nutanix Era™ into the ServiceNow® platform. Using the ServiceNow Nutanix Era Plugin for Database Management, Era and ServiceNow customers can use standard workflow processes to ease database provisioning even further.Nutanix Era can increase database provisioning by 97% through its one-click database management and control plane as noted in Forrester’s TEI report for Era. This process can be streamlined even further through the integration with ServiceNow’s digital workflow processes.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxCo-Host: Jon Spallone
Operating systems can end up being a lot of work for administrators. They need to work to configure the image, install the applications, and provide the best user experience possible. As with any software, what is provided to you is what the developer intended, but not necessarily what you want or need for your end users.This blog series introduces you to Microsoft Windows® Operating System (OS) optimizations, starting with version 1903. I will attempt to keep these optimizations as environment agnostic as possible. Hopefully, these optimizations will be just as good to administrators of physical machines as to a virtual environment utilizing Nutanix Frame, Citrix, or VMware Horizon VDI solutions.This series aims to share the seemingly infinite number of ways you can optimize a Windows environment, with something for beginners as well as administrators familiar with optimizations but looking to deliver an even better experience within their environment.Of course, the optimizations provided in this blog series are intended only as a guide. Be sure to test the optimizations described in this series internally before pushing the changes to your production environment.The previous entry of this series covered Active Setup. We discussed what Active Setup is, how it works, and how to optimize it.This blog addresses the Microsoft Store: its purpose, how it works, and what can be done with it. This particular area of the OS is continually changing and, as such, will require constant management to optimize in the way you desire. This blog potentially saves even more headaches than any other blog in this series.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Havery GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxCo-Host: Jon Spallone
Operating systems can end up being a lot of work for administrators. Work to configure the image, work to install the applications, and work to provide the best user experience possible. As with any software, what is provided to you is what the developer intended, but not necessarily what you want or need for your end users.This blog series introduces you to Microsoft Windows® Operating System (OS) optimizations, starting with version 1903. I will attempt to keep these optimizations as environment agnostic as possible.  Hopefully, these optimizations will be just as good to administrators of physical machines as to a virtual environment utilizing Nutanix® Frame, Citrix®, or VMware® Horizon solutions.This series aims to share the seemingly infinite number of ways you can optimize a Windows environment, with something for beginners as well as administrators familiar with optimizations but looking to deliver an even better experience within your environment.Of course the optimizations provided in this blog series are intended only as a guide.  Be sure to test the optimizations described in this series internally before pushing the changes to your production environment.This installment addresses Active Setup: its purpose, how it works, and what can be done with it.  This particular area of the OS is criminally underused as a method of optimization.  As such, it should provide useful information to a wide range of readers.Host:  Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jon Spallone
The modern workplace has changed dramatically since the COVID 19 pandemic, and organizations everywhere are adopting digital workspace solutions to ensure business productivity, continuity, agility, and security, all while lowering costs.Digital workspaces are not a new idea, but too often deployment and operational complexity have kept organizations from realizing the benefits these solutions offer. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help significantly reduce this complexity.Building a simple, secure, and performant digital workspace solution requires choosing the right technologies at every layer of the stack. In this seven-part blog series, we discuss how running Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Platform simplifies your solution, delivering an excellent user experience, improved productivity, greater business agility, lower risk, and higher ROI.Each installment of the series addresses a key aspect of a complete digital workspace solution. We discuss the traditional challenges that administrators face, and explain how a Citrix-on-Nutanix hybrid and multicloud solution helps you to avoid the pitfalls that have bedeviled admins for years, resulting in interminable delays, substandard performance, poor user experience, and excessive operational overhead and costs.Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxCo-Host: Jon Spallone
Today, we are proud to announce the availability of Nutanix Mine™ with Commvault®. Nutanix and Commvault have had a longstanding partnership over the last six years. Commvault was the first partner to provide data protection as a simple, secure, and transformative reality for our joint customers. Data protection has become a global IT directive across countries, industries, and organizations that are busy responding to the rapid shift of remote work and rising cyber threats. That is why the most recently engineered solution provides a simple yet intelligent data protection platform that delivers efficient backup and recovery services no matter where your data resides so that you can keep your business up and running under all circumstances.Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
To cut through the ubiquitous noise of automation hype, let’s briefly talk at a high-level about the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure industry’s automation journey and provide applicable guidance regardless of where you may be along your unique journey.With recent advances in automation, machine learning, data analytics, and cloud computing, we are all expected to achieve more with less. Even the most technologically savvy departments in our organizations have had challenges adapting. Almost every organization is trying to find the right balance and approach to incorporate automation in its processes. In order to get a sense of how the IT industry is thinking about automation, we surveyed 500+ IT professionals as part of the Automation Coffee chat in Nov 2020. From this survey, we gained insights into:Where are practitioners today?What challenges lie ahead?Where is the industry headed?Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Xi Leap is a natively integrated DR Service that serves as a seamless extension to the onprem infrastructure - thus providing a true hybrid cloud experience. Customers can configure Protection Policies and Recovery Plans to protect and recover applications in case of a disaster OnPremises to the Cloud. True to Nutanix’s design principle of simplicity, a lot of complexity associated with traditional DR - Multi Vendor Point Solutions, different panes of glass for administering infrastructure and DR, Application Re-Ip post failover, lack of SLA’s etc - has been done away once a customer moves to Xi Leap.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
I am pleased to announce the latest version (version 3) of the Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Reference Architecture tech note is now available for download. The Nutanix® Hybrid Cloud Reference Architecture is a comprehensive document that is meant for an organization’s Enterprise Architect team. This guide is very technical and walks a customer through more than 100 design decisions that should be taken into consideration when deploying Nutanix solutions in a hybrid cloud or private cloud model.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey Green Co-Host: Jirah Cox
Dramatic Increase in Remote WorkforceWorking from home, or is it living at work?  Nearly everyone has been affected, either directly or indirectly, by the shift to remote work.Although remote work had been increasingly common, the pandemic caused a spike that has fundamentally altered attitudes by both employees and employers. FlexJobs.com reports that “a Gartner survey of company leaders found that 80% plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic, and 47% will allow employees to work from home full-time. In a PwC survey of 669 CEOs, 78% agree that remote collaboration is here to stay for the long-term. In a recent FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents report wanting to be full-time remote employees post-pandemic, and 31% want a hybrid remote work environment—that’s 96% who desire some form of remote work.” Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxGuest: Adrian EscobedoGuest: Stephen Miller
Nutanix Files provides single pane of glass management simplicity, software defined flexibility, and deep analytics intelligence to meet the modern challenges organizations face around file data. Nucleus Cyber’s NC Protect data-centric security solution is now validated as a Nutanix Ready AHV to provide Nutanix Files users with the ability to dynamically discover, classify and secure sensitive data to ensure secure collaboration and meet regulatory compliance.In addition to discovery and classification capabilities, NC Protect for Nutanix Files dynamically controls access to business-critical content and restricts how authorized users can share it and with whom, based on real-time comparison of user context and file content to enforce data governance and security policies. NC Protect provides unmatched information protection capabilities to prevent accidental sharing, data misuse and loss, while maintaining a simple and intuitive user experience that empowers customers to start securing information in hours, not days or weeks.“Our client’s top priority, especially in the age of remote work, is to protect sensitive data stored and collaborated in Nutanix Files,” said Jayson O’Reilly, General Manager at Atvance Intellect. “Using NC Protect, customers can prevent unauthorized access to or sharing of sensitive documents in Nutanix Files. They can also leverage those same protections in other file shares and collaboration systems, such as Windows file shares, Office 365, and Microsoft SharePoint, all from the NC Protect platform to centrally manage data security.”Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxGuest: Randy BrownGuest: Andy Lalaguna
Many organizations’ plans around digital transformation and work from anywhere (WFA) initiatives were realized in 2020. Why? Simple, you either delivered it so your organization could continue to conduct business, or you couldn’t, and your business has struggled to keep pace. At  its core, digital transformation is business transformation. And doing business in 2020 was disrupted by the pandemic.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
When provisioning End User Computing (EUC) solutions (providing virtual desktops and applications to end users) hardware and software limitations have kept the conversations centered on finding a balance between maximum density and the most optimal user experience. In this blog, I’ll describe how innovation from Nutanix and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) effectively eliminate this constraint, allowing organizations to focus on fulfilling business requirements and justifications instead.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxGuest: Kees Baggerman
*Original ReleaseWith remote working now the new normal, it is challenging to send skilled IT professionals to data centers to install new equipment. Although Nutanix clusters have always been quick to install and configure, there was still a requirement to send a trained IT technician to site to run the Foundation software for deployment, usually connected to a local laptop. For large-scale or multiple sites, this can be a costly exercise.How could we make this even easier in a ‘work from home’ world? With the launch of Nutanix Foundation Central 1.0 with Prism Central 5.17, this specialist requirement is now removed. *UpdateOut today Foundation Central Release 1.1Foundation Central is the Nutanix service used to create clusters from factory-imaged nodes remotely from Prism Central.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Nutanix delivers a hybrid and multicloud platform called Nutanix Clusters, which helps businesses accelerate their cloud journey by delivering the best of both worlds - seamless private and public cloud operations. We believe Nutanix Clusters offers the best hybrid and multicloud solution in the market for customers looking to quickly deploy and integrate their existing on-premises datacenters with multiple public clouds. If you want to move your on-prem applications to clouds such as AWS while maintaining the freedom to easily integrate multiple public clouds, Nutanix offers a solution that is quick to deploy, easy to manage, and keeps you in control of your infrastructure. Check out what we consider the five unique advantages of Nutanix Clusters.Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah Cox
Unfortunately, DaaS also “ain’t all sunshine and rainbows” (or, if it were up to me, BMW motorcycles and bacon cheeseburgers 😋).More often than not, even the most experienced IT professionals will still run into TCO, design, sizing, user experience, and administration challenges when it comes to DaaS. Folks seem to forget that matching the right use case to the right solution, managing expectations, proper budget planning, and solid design practices still apply in the world of public cloud and DaaS.The purpose of this five-part blog series is to help you identify and (more importantly) avoid the mistakes that others have made when it comes to implementing a DaaS solution!Host: Andy WhitesideCo-Host: Harvey GreenCo-Host: Jirah CoxGuest: Ruben Spruijt
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