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Hyper-converged Infrastructure is Gaining Traction in India: Gaurish Lawande, Nutanix India

Gaurish Lawande, Nutanix

Cloud services market in India has seen a phenomenal growth in past few years. It reached $1.8 billion I 2017, up from $ 1.3 billion in 2016. By 2020, this figure is expected to reach $ 4.1 billion. Today, India stands second after China as the largest and fastest growing cloud services market in APAC.

We are also witnessing maturity of different deployment approaches. Enterprise customers are looking not only looking at private or public cloud options but also hybrid and multi-cloud setups suitable to different workloads. In an exclusive interaction with Priyanka Bhattacharya of, Gaurish Lawande, Director – Systems Engineering, Nutanix India  spoke about the state of cloud adoption and cloud technologies that Nutanix is working on.

Dynamic CIO (DC): What is the state of the cloud technology and solutions market today. Can you throw some light on the multi-cloud adoption in India?

Gaurish Lawande (GL): Recent trends in cloud computing indicate towards transformation of  IT landscape in India. Of late, India’s proactive role in cloud services have generated tremendous excitement among technology leaders in various countries including the U.S. India is also ranked high on rapid cloud consumption. This shows the business significance of cloud. The observers paint an optimistic picture for the future. According to Gartner, the country’s public cloud services revenue is projected to grow 37.5 percent to $2.5 billion in 2018.

Most users are eyeing at a hybrid cloud approach. While putting elastic and unpredictable workloads on the public cloud is a good idea, enterprises seeking better control and security to run predictable workloads should look at in-house set up that helps provide a seamless cloud like experience.

DC: Today every business focuses on improving customer experience and self-service. Does a hyper-converged/ multi-cloud infrastructure help?

GL: Hyper-converged infrastructure is a significant step in enabling organisations to deliver a multi-cloud strategy as part of their digital transformation journey. CIOs must understand that complexity in the enterprise infrastructure stack is due to the multiple layers namely compute, storage, networking and virtualisation all being built in the pre-cloud era. These products were not designed for automation and self-service. Nutanix technology, on the other hand, has been developed with cloud-centric approach. It allows API-driven interfaces that make the experience seamless. For example, our product, Nutanix Calm provisions, scales and manages applications across multiple environments, making the entire IT infrastructure agile and application-centric. It empowers the IT team with self-service, streamlining daily operations and helping to eliminate the wait for specialised resources.

DC: As most business are at various stages of their digital transformation journeys, where do you see the momentum shifting, and how is Nutanix equipped to help user orgs?

GL: We believe companies will increasingly shift towards a hybrid approach to run business applications.  There is a steep demand for a seamless experience to meet that end. The winner in the transformation journey will be those who provides users with ease of use and seamless management across all type of cloud platforms.As a hyper-converged infrastructure company, we are pioneering a lot of things. If you look at our recent announcements, be it “Calm for cloud orchestration and management” or Beam that delivers services for cloud optimisation, analytics and budgeting, both provide a simple, “plug and play” experience. Our integrated Flow (SDN/micro-segmentation) feature enables customers to simplify their application security by allowing application owners to define security and access parameters making the experience frictionless.

DC: Can we talk about Nutanix Beam in detail? 

GL: Beam is a multi-cloud optimisation service delivered as part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS. It provides organisations with deep visibility and rich analytics detailing cloud consumption patterns along with one-click cost optimisation across their cloud environments.

Beam identifies under-utilised and unused cloud services and provides convenient, single-click remediation suggestions, empowering cloud operators and users to realise cost savings immediately. With Beam, enterprises can set policies that continuously maintain high levels of cloud cost efficiency. It also provides cloud operators and business owners with appropriate tools and controls to track cloud spend, map consumption to business units and enhance cloud optimisation.

Planning cloud consumption is a critical component of cloud optimisation and improving cloud ROI. But various consumption models across multiple clouds make effective decision-making challenging. Beam utilises machine-intelligence to evaluate alternatives and provides recommendations based on usage and growth patterns.

Beam also provides insights into cloud compliance and security vulnerabilities in real-time so that companies can resolve potential threats before they turn into business challenges. Beam helps certify and maintain cloud security compliance for HIPAA, ISO, PCI-DSS, CIS, NiST and SOC-2 by enforcing standard or custom policies.

DC: How is Nutanix geared up to serve its customers in India?

GL: The Nutanix vision and its technologies are geared to allow the customers to spend more time on their business applications rather than spend time managing complex infrastructure. Moreover, I would say that with our leading hyper-converged infrastructure solution we have already simplified the way customers run and operate their datacenters.

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