Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst & Consultant
In an expected move, Nutanix this week announced the acquisition of PernixData. In an unexpected move, however, they also announced the acquisition of Calm.io, a somewhat unknown vendor in the workload mobility space. We see both as vital moves to enhance the capabilities of and accelerate the directional thrust beyond hyperconvergence into Enterprise Cloud Platform.
As we see it there are several issues all hyperconvergence vendors have to deal with as they mature:
1. Can they deal with tier 1 workloads that typically still run on converged systems or traditional architectures today?
2. Can they run mixed workloads and still deliver the quality of service to workloads with higher priority?
3. Can they gracefully move workloads within their own clusters and with other private and public clouds?
We see these two acquisitions as crucial to deal with these three fundamental requirements going forward in order to deliver on the private/hybrid cloud promises being made over the past several years.
PernixData technology will help Nutanix meet the #1 and #2 requirements above. Server-side Flash and Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technology are accelerating at a dizzying pace. PernixData’s acceleration technology should integrate seamlessly with Nutanix’s own data fabric to deliver high-performance capability for almost any workload. Taneja Group initiated a primary research study called “All Things Convergence” earlier this year. Through this primary research, it became clear that customers wanted HCI to succeed as a platform that could handle Tier 1 workloads and replace traditional infrastructure. PernixData technology will help make this journey a reality for Nutanix customers sooner rather than later.
The Calm.io acquisition was more of an unexpected move. They focus on DevOps automation and app mobility in the world of containers. Containers are where the world is moving for true portability of applications across heterogeneous environments. That market is still emerging, but this acquisition should position Nutanix as a key player as the market grows. The Calm.io engineering team and technology should enhance and accelerate Nutanix’s Application Mobility Fabric for general purpose server VM workloads. This makes the Calm.io acquisition a good move.
Nutanix is betting big on moving beyond hyperconvergence by becoming a complete enterprise cloud infrastructure provider. These acquisitions are demonstrating that their commitment and capability is stronger than ever.
Read the full press release here.