Cumulus + Nutanix = building and simplifying open, modern data centers at scale

January 29, 2019 Katie Weaver

We are excited to announce that Cumulus and Nutanix are partnering to build and operate modern data centers with open networking software. We’ve worked closely with Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, to develop a joint integration that will solve one of the most pressing enterprise infrastructure problems by unlocking the power of hyperconverged systems with open networking.

It’s a challenge every enterprise knows all too well: siloed servers, storage and compute make traditional IT infrastructure expensive and complex to maintain and creates a dynamic that holds back business innovation. Hyperconverged infrastructure with modern, open networking software allows for agility, flexibility, and a greatly simplified operational model across compute, storage, and networking. Our joint solution brings a fully automated and highly distributed network fabric to hyperconverged workloads for the modern data center.

Together, Cumulus and Nutanix unite compute, storage, virtualization and now networking in an open, scalable, and efficient way for today’s modern data center.

Cumulus Linux and NetQ with Nutanix delivers tangible business value by increasing operational efficiency shortening the time required to stand up Nutanix clusters, organizational agility by improving the user experience via a single interface using Nutanix Prism, streamlined procurement through common hardware partners such as Lenovo, Supermicro, Mellanox, Dell, among others.

According to our CEO, Josh Leslie, “Nutanix shares our belief that every enterprise needs an open, modern data center that is simple to operate and designed to scale. This partnership delivers on the promise of hyperconverged systems which have been limited by proprietary networking solutions. With open infrastructure, Cumulus empowers businesses to break free from the traditional, siloed approach and drive their businesses forward. The powerful combination of Cumulus Linux and NetQ with Nutanix delivers the ultimate flexibility to build hyperconverged solutions on standardized, cost effective hardware.”

Cumulus Linux and NetQ with Nutanix breaks down silos and builds business value by increasing operational efficiency and organizational agility. Together we are:

  • shortening the time required to stand up Nutanix clusters,
  • improving the user experience via a single interface using Nutanix Prism,
  • streamlining procurement through common hardware partners such as Lenovo, Supermicro, Mellanox, Dell, among others, and
  • increasing network reliability and visibility across the fabric.

“Cumulus is a powerful partner for us as we look to offer enterprises a truly open networking solution as a part of our hyperconverged deployments. With the ability to customize, simplify and leverage open networking standards, customers can build for architectures to scale without performance bottlenecks,” said Sridhar Devarapalli, General Manager of Networking and Cloud Services, Nutanix. “As a result of this integration, Nutanix users will have a flexible, modern, and open network architecture leading to a better customer experience.”

Unlocking the Power of Hyperconverged Infrastructure with Open Networking

Hyperconverged infrastructure–integrated compute and storage–is a transformational approach that combines simplicity and scale-out with data resiliency. These systems could play a critical role in the modern data center by reducing cost and complexity, improving performance and easing deployment challenges but have traditionally been paired with proprietary networking solutions which limits flexibility, scalability and performance.

In a recent report, Four Factors That Will Shape the Future of Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Gartner states that “HCI vendors realize that network integration can no longer be ignored and, if properly done, can be a competitive asset.”*

Cumulus Linux delivers this competitive asset today, giving Nutanix customers a flexible network operating system designed to support modern, cloud-scale network architectures. Cumulus NetQ is deployed on switches and AHV nodes to provide organizations with the most simplified operational model for hyperconverged environments, that makes data center networks easier and simpler to manage all while running on cost effective hardware. Additional benefits include:

  • Streamlined installation for Nutanix clusters and Cumulus powered switches on bare metal.
  • Automatic VLAN provisioning to establish and maintain connectivity.
  • A distributed networking solution with no need for a central controller.
  • End to end visibility across the management fabric to validate network designs and simplify troubleshooting.
  • A single interface via Nutanix Prism to discover VMs changes in Nutanix clusters, provision network resources automatically, and update VLAN assignments.

To see a demo, access a deployment guide and understand the solution, visit our hyperconverged infrastructure solution page.

If you’d like to learn more about the future of HCI, we recommend checking out Hyperconverged Systems: Building a Network of Pods for Scale and Agility.

*Gartner, Four Factors That Will Shape the Future of Hyperconverged Infrastructure, 20 March 2018

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