The Need for Remote Cloud Infrastructure Management: Will The Latest Offerings From Nutanix Deliver?


IT admins want remote IT infrastructure tools that let them manage cloud infrastructure through the software lifecycle, and many vendors are responding with new launches that will enable true remote management of everything from cloud infrastructure to PC fleets. This week, we check out what’s new from Nutanix.

The novel coronavirus turned the largest and most debatable ‘work from home’ experiment into a reality. Within a short period, there was a seismic shift to remote working, which was possible due to smart investments in cloud services as well as an explosion of cloud-based SaaS solutions. Being able to connect from anywhere is now a solid strategy for business continuity.

However, the global dispersion of applications on multi-cloud environments and the edge has complicated IT infrastructure, and IT operations leaders are grappling with the demands of cloud infrastructure management. Addressing this, enterprise cloud computing company Nutanix rolled out new IT solutions for remote workforces, which include. Nutanix Foundation Central, Nutanix Insights, and Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM). The promise is that the IT ops team can now deploy, predict, upgrade, and troubleshoot cloud software from anywhere.

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Greg Smith, Vice President of Technical and Product Marketing at Nutanix saysOpens a new window , “These new capabilities will offer an even more seamless experience from day one and beyond – from anywhere. Nutanix’s simplified management as well as a more secure and resilient IT infrastructure, whether from home or a remote location, is something that is now more important than ever.”

The Need for Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM)

With two-thirds of the U.S. employeesOpens a new window working remotely courtesy of COVID-19, it is the IT Ops teams that face the brunt of this changing work culture. In the distant past, companies used to manage their IT infrastructure on-premises. But the current implementation of social distancing has made it necessary to centralize the monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure from remote locations. In fact, RIM offers a host of benefits such as round the clock support, real-time error identification, lower operational costs, improved productivity, efficiency, and flexibility.

In the wake of coronavirus, Nutanix’s Foundation Central offers a zero-touch deployment of clusters from a remote site. With Foundation Central, IT infrastructure admins can automate and centralize their cloud infrastructure deployment at scale. Furthermore, Nutanix Insights (in the development phase) will provide predictive health and intelligent support services to streamline IT tasks. Insights services will gather telemetry data from the enterprise’s cloud deployment and identify issues that could be a potential risk on the application performance and data availability. Subsequently, system engineers can leverage the customized recommendations offered by Insights to fix the issues remotely, and customers can automatically open a support ticket which will be assigned to a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) to resolve ongoing issues.

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Another critical requirement is building an upgraded infrastructure to create a secure cloud environment and enhance employee efficiency. Nutanix LCM (in the development phase) claims it will automatically upgrade the IT infrastructure without any application or infrastructure downtime, and can be operated from any location.

The growing adoption of RIM and automated IT operations can help businesses focus on their core operations and worry less about managing their expanding infrastructure.

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