As more enterprises embrace the public cloud to extend their on-premises environment, it’s impossible to ignore the friction involved in hybrid cloud management. Until now, hybrid cloud management has meant slow, error-prone manual provisioning; expensive operations and scaling; and highly skilled networking experts for even the simplest change requests.
To ease this friction, Nutanix and Aviatrix announced a joint solution at Nutanix .NEXT 2017 that aims to reboot the hybrid cloud. Nutanix customers can now have the one-click power of Aviatrix Cloud InterConnect (ACX) from inside Nutanix Calm, and can create an integrated hybrid cloud fabric across their private data centers and Amazon AWS in minutes, with a click of a button! Thanks to the one-click power of Aviatrix Cloud InterConnect (ACX) software, Nutanix customers can now enjoy seamless networking across their entire hybrid cloud infrastructure!
Despite the key benefits of the public cloud—operational agility and economic elasticity—enterprises struggle to adopt a hybrid cloud environment that enables a single unified operational model between their private cloud and public cloud. The top challenges we hear from enterprises are:
What’s needed is a unified consumption experience that allows enterprises to manage and operate their business applications regardless of the underlying environment. The selection criteria to choose the right target environment should be based purely on economics, rather than on the choice of technology or on operational practices.
One key aspect of unifying the experience between a private cloud and a public cloud is the ability to access and consume the compute, storage and network resources in the public cloud from the data center without opening IT tickets. Furthermore, to enable an on-demand self-service devops model, the network must be set up dynamically and seamlessly, just like compute and storage resources. Networking is a complex area for almost all enterprises, and is further complicated in the hybrid environment because it usually takes weeks to provision and configure the networking equipment at the edge.
Nutanix Calm provides seamless orchestration of enterprise applications across multiple clouds, thereby eliminating the complexities of multi-cloud management. Aviatrix Cloud InterConnect on Nutanix securely extends the enterprise’s datacenter network into the public cloud with a single click—creating a unified, secure network on demand that spans multiple clouds, enabling self-service devops via dynamic hybrid cloud network provisioning.
Why is the hybrid cloud important for enterprises? Let’s look at some of the use cases:
Application Mobility between private and public cloud: Enterprises looking to leverage the public cloud for incremental infrastructure capacity need to move applications and data between private and public clouds. For example, several companies are moving Dev/QA environment in public cloud while keeping their production site on-premises.
DevOps on Demand in the public cloud: DevOps teams have unpredictable and seasonal needs for on demand infrastructure for dev/test needs. These applications, although born in the cloud, have dependencies on applications and data still residing on-premises, and need a seamless way of interacting and accessing them.
Backup, Disaster recovery and high availability: Enterprises can use public clouds as a target for backup and disaster recovery, leveraging the benefits of the public cloud and avoiding upfront capital outlay that’s otherwise needed to build these solutions themselves.
Disparate compute, storage, networking and security technologies, coupled with disjoint operational workflows make today’s hybrid cloud environments complex, expensive, and inflexible. Let’s look at the impact closely:
Under the joint solution (see figure 1), Nutanix is breaking the multi-cloud barrier with the introduction of Calm, a cloud agnostic application orchestration product offering, whereas Aviatrix complements Nutanix’s offering by adding a pre-integrated multi-cloud secure connectivity layer — Aviatrix Cloud InterConnect (ACX), that runs in a VM inside Nutanix. The joint solution enables the IT operations teams to leverage public cloud on-demand, as a seamless extension of the compute, storage and networking resources provisioned on premises.
ACX eliminates the complexity of securely connecting to and across public clouds. Already, the Aviatrix software is fully integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Azure and Google Cloud support to come shortly. It makes use of the public cloud providers’ native APIs to configure customer’s public cloud resources including routes, and security groups to allow applications running in on-premises subnets and those in AWS VPCs to securely access each other.
Key benefits of the joint solution include:
The joint solution runs on Nutanix AHV and is available as a blueprint in the Nutanix Marketplace. Nutanix customers can access and deploy the Aviatrix Cloud InterConnect blueprint from Nutanix Calm, and they can work with a single interface to extend their infrastructure to the public cloud, coupled with built-in application orchestration—all with a single click!
Here’s the process to follow:
The enterprise cloud adoption journey is just that – a journey! Existing solutions fall short in paving the path to hybrid cloud. Aviatrix, a pioneer in hybrid cloud networking, and Nutanix Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud computing, are introducing an integrated hybrid cloud solution that enables enterprises to painlessly orchestrate applications across public cloud and hyper-converged private cloud environments. Together, Nutanix and Aviatrix provide a unified hybrid cloud consumption experience. Plus, you can enjoy this unified hybrid cloud experience without opening IT tickets or even knowing the details of cloud or networking operations.