Enterprises are increasingly turning towards the hybrid cloud for a wide range of benefits. Now, there is another major break through which has further enhanced the efficiency and ease associated with hybrid clouds, and that is Nutanix Clusters.
As a leading Cloud Service Provider (CSP), dinCloud also uses Nutanix Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) within its wide range of cloud services. Previously, the concept of clusters was limited to on premise environments and workloads.
With Nutanix Clusters however, all this is about to change. Now, enterprises will be able to leverage clusters by deploying them to cloud environments as well. These will be playing a leading role in addressing two major issues with cloud environments.
The two most common challenges associated with hybrid clouds are cost and complexity, as both tend to escalate as the environment as well as workloads expand. Let us highlight some notable benefits offered by clusters.
Cross Environment Scaling
With Nutanix Clusters incorporated into hybrid cloud environments, you can not only scale out within a particular cloud environment, but across any of your cloud environments within the hybrid cloud setup.
This puts you in a much better position to cope with sudden surges in demand. These are generated from regions that are otherwise far off from your core infrastructure that is supporting the entire hybrid environment as a whole.
Scaling Down via Hibernation
In traditional hybrid cloud environments, scaling down is also not as simple as it may sound in the first place. There are still costs associated with idle Virtual Machines (VM) that you had provisioned before, and you may also need them any time down the line.
So, Nutanix Clusters enable you to not only spin down the idle virtual machines and shrink the utilized capacity, but also the underlying hardware resources that support these clusters. This is a new concept that is known as hibernation.
This feature of hibernation takes cloud resource optimization to a whole new level, by allowing you to de-provision the hardware that is supporting your very Virtual Machines (VM) as well as the cluster itself.
This unique ability of Nutanix Clusters to be sent into hibernation is great for hybrid cloud optimization. As you can easily re-provision these resources as and when they are needed, you are protecting your dynamic workloads that experience erratic demand trends.
Seamless Access to the Public Cloud
This is perhaps one of the strongest selling points of Nutanix Clusters, whereby you can also leverage the services of cloud providers like dinCloud. Over the public cloud, you get un-rivaled redundancy due to the high availability and a robust Disaster Recovery (DR).
The best bit is yet to come. With Nutanix Clusters, you can avail Cloud based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), while even retaining primary workloads over your on premise environment during the initial stages of a cloud transition.
Un-rivaled Control of In-House IT
In many hybrid cloud environments, your in house IT management team may have to relinquish some degree of control and visibility. With clusters however, your own IT team will not only have full visibility into the environment, but equal control as well.
This in turn will further improve and optimize the utilization of cloud resources within a hybrid cloud environment. Such a high degree of control and visibility enables you to allocate maximum cloud resources towards the mission critical workloads.
Nutanix Clusters are a notable advancement in the realm of hybrid cloud environments. They simplify management of the otherwise complex environment, while also giving you a much higher degree of control and visibility.
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