What should IT managers do about the changes in the virtualization and HCI world?

There has been a major upheaval in the world of IT. VMware, one of the main players in the virtualization and private cloud space, has been bought by Broadcom, a leader in networking hardware. In this article, we answer the questions, why are some people so worried and are those worries based on sound evidence? What are the options for IT departments?


Why are some customers so worried?

As reported by Reuters, Broadcom overcame the last hurdle towards the completion of the VMware acquisition, sending shockwaves across the industry. Based on their previous acquisition of Symantec, which itself created upheavals for customers due to their resellers being affected, as reported by Network World, we can see why IT managers are so concerned. Many clients were not able to renew their Symantec subscriptions and the usual resellers that they were partnering with for years had the rug pulled from under them, with major changes to the partner and distributor. Many of those clients ended up with a new endpoint security solution. Some of these choices, such as SentinelOne and Sophos, are ranked higher than Symantec by Gartner, while others are ranked lower.

Either way, clients were affected by this upheaval. Multi-year agreements were disrupted, IT departments had to scramble to evaluate and learn new platforms as some vendors were unable to even get quotes to their customers, as reported here in a Spiceworks Community, and prices became unpredictable. With changes already taking place to the VMware reseller programme, clients have good grounds for concern.

Since virtualization and private cloud solutions, such as VMware Cloud Foundation and Nutanix Hybrid Cloud, run critical business applications, any development that affects the customers’ ability to get support, predictable pricing, and work with their trusted partners will likely cause distress to the customers.


What are the options for IT departments?

Since the industry has already started to see the challenges develop for VMware, customers have started to look at alternatives that provide similar or better capabilities that align with their strategic priorities. The obvious option is Nutanix Hybrid Cloud due to the platform’s capabilities and leadership in the market. Its ability to run server and VDI workloads using VMware, Hyper-V, or its own included AHV for virtual machines, gives it an edge over the other vendors. Other compelling features such as having multi-generation cluster nodes in the same cluster, data locality (where a virtual server can have its storage traffic remain on a high-performance cluster node instead of being slowed down by the HCI network connections) significantly increase performance for database servers and others with disk-intensive IOs.

Nutanix Hybrid Cloud clusters can also be comprised of nodes that have different configurations, making them more flexible in HCI deployments. Clients can get all-flash nodes mixed in with high-capacity hybrid nodes for maximum flexibility. Also, instead of retiring entire clusters as they age, the clients can retire single nodes, depending on budget, as lifecycle management policies dictate. This gives a lower TCO for customers running modern datacentres. In terms of stability, Nutanix’s ownership has remained the same since inception and remains the stable choice for clients.



With its flexibility, stability, and unique capabilities, Nutanix Hybrid Cloud provides customers with the obvious option for those seeking an alternative to unpredictable market developments while allowing them to transition their workloads, no matter the platform that they are using. For those looking to modernize their server and VDI workloads for the first time, Nutanix Hybrid Cloud gives them the greatest flexibility at a lower TCO.



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