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Nutanix Bolsters Acropolis File Services and Expands Partner Ecosystem

To replace traditional file storage with flexible software
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.10.12

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Nutanix, Inc. announced new capabilities for its Acropolis File Services (AFS) software.

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In two quarters since initial market introduction, approximately 10% of the company's customers are choosing the company's AFS for their file services needs. Delivered as part of the firm's Enterprise Cloud OS, AFS software streamlines IT operations by natively converging VM and file storage into a single scale-out platform, driving improved flexibility and lower TCO.

Enterprises require an infrastructure architecture that can deliver the best of both the public and private cloud without creating new data silos or increasing complexity. The firm's Enterprise Cloud OS leverages the company's core web-scale architecture to provide portfolio services to power critical business applications. 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 datacenters that rival public clouds.

AFS customers will be able to exploit expanding partner ecosystem to:

In addition to simplifying IT infrastructure by removing silos created by dedicated file services offerings, AFS software gives customers a public cloud experience, but with the security and control of a private cloud deployment. AFS customers can manage file services via Prism, delivering an unified, consumer-grade management interface for their full infrastructure stack and freeing IT resources to focus on critical, business-driving activities.

"With Nutanix AFS, we have been able to integrate all VM and file systems into the same infrastructure," said David DePillis, CTO, Kelley Kronenberg. "Before AFS, I was faced with having to completely overhaul my filer system. Rather than spend more money on a data silo, we ripped out our legacy NetApp filer and consolidated everything on the Nutanix platform. With all our infrastructure on one platform, my team can focus on business-driving initiatives, not infrastructure management."

"Nutanix continues to demonstrate thought leadership by offering a clear and compelling vision for the future of the data center," said Eric Sheppard, research director, enterprise storage and converged systems, IDC. "AFS represents an important part of this vision and highlights the company's commitment to providing a public cloud experience inside complex corporate data centers."

"Rapid AFS adoption shows that customers are clamoring for more ways to converge and simplify all their IT operations, and to replace legacy products with more flexible software-driven solutions," said Sunil Potti, chief product and development officer, Nutanix. "By dramatically reducing operational complexity and leveraging a common software layer, we're enabling our customers to turn IT into a profit center. 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."

AFS with inline anti-virus scans is available to the company's customers and the active-active and auditing capabilities will be available in a future release.