Hyperconverged playa Nutanix opened its .NEXT conference in Copenhagen with a triple announcement: an HPE GreenLake deal, its software pre-installed on HPE servers, and integration with ServiceNow for automated incident-handling.

Six months after it first inked a deal with HPE around a subscription-access hyperconverged box, ending a spat over sales tie-ins, an expanded GreenLake deal sees Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software, including the AHV hypervisor, offered as part of a fully HPE-managed private cloud, with customers paying on a contractual basis.

Nutanix, which moved to a software-led biz model where it became hardware-neutral in May 2017, said it is initially focused on simplifying customer deployments of end user computing, databases, and private clouds.

The GreenLake/Nutanix deal can be ordered across the 50+ countries where HPE GreenLake is available. Customers have the option to outsource operations to HPE PointNext services.

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The second part of the HPE announcement is a ProLiant DX tie-up. The duo are pushing Nutanix software – Acropolis, AHV and Prism – pre-installed on HPE ProLiant DX servers, and shipped from HPE factories.

The focus is on enterprise apps, big data analytics, messaging, collaboration, and dev/test.

ProLiant DX with Nutanix is generally available now.

SimpliVity under pressure

And what about SimpliVity’s new step-brother? Well, Nutanix software will still be visible to customers and the vendors have split support. This comes days after HPE’s adoption of the Datera server SAN into its product book. Both tie ups with Nutanix compete with HPE’s own SimpliVity HCI product.

Analyst IDC noted that Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI product overtook SimpliVity to take third place in HCI market revenue share in this year’s Q2. HPE also said SimpliVity sales grew just 4 per cent in its Q3, down from its 25 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

It looks like the SimpliVity product is not motoring fast enough to meet all of HPE’s HCI sales needs.

ServiceNow

Nutanix has integrated its hyperconverged infrastructure system with ServiceNow’s IT Operations Management (ITOM) cloud service. Nutanix and ServiceNow users can automate incident handling with ITOM to highlight Nutanix systems data, HCI clusters, individual hosts, virtual machine (VM) instances, storage pools, configuration parameters and application metrics. They can also provision, manage and scale applications via Nutanix Calm blueprints, published as service catalogue items in the cloud computing firm’s Now Platform.

ServiceNow’s ITSM cloud is linked to Nutanix’s Prism Pro management facility and its X-Play automation engine. There is an X-Play action for ServiceNow, so IT managers can notify their team of incidents and alerts in the Nutanix environment, such as a host losing power or a server running out of capacity.

The ServiceNow capability is available now, through platform discovery for Acropolis and a Calm plug-in in the ServiceNow Store. ®

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