Enterprise virtualisation and storage company, Nutanix, has made its Community Edition solution available as an on-demand service running on AWS or Google Cloud Platform. Community Edition on-demand will be enabled via technology integration with provider of nested virtualisation solutions, Ravello Systems.
The company said, in a statement, that by providing Community Edition as a Cloud-based, on-demand service, Nutanix is enabling a broader audience of customers, partners and users to experience its Web-scale technology without having to procure, configure and manage new datacentre hardware.
“With this release, IT professionals have the option to evaluate Community Edition software by deploying it on a wide range of existing x86 servers or running it in a public Cloud,” it indicated in the statement.
Nutanix vice-president of engineering, Manoj Agarwal, said datacentre management teams can accelerate their evaluation of the hyper converged infrastructure solution and determine suitability for their applications.
He added that Nutanix channel partners can also use Community Edition to demonstrate all key capabilities of the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform.
“The Nutanix community was vocal in requesting a Cloud-based deployment model to evaluate the next generation of private Cloud technologies. Thanks to the inherent flexibility of our software and our integration with Ravello Systems, we’re now able to offer a true Cloud experience,” he said.
Ravello Systems CEO, Rami Tamir, said the company is pleased to extend the Ravello platform to support Nutanix Community Edition and that enterprises now no longer need to wait for hardware or be dependent on hosting providers to set up their test environments.
“This is the latest in a growing trend of innovative industry-leaders -- such as Arista in networking and Check Point in the security industry -- leading the way in accelerating end-user access and adoption through Ravello.”
Nutanix has also successfully completed the beta phase of its Community Edition software and has released its generally available version. In addition to the new on-demand capability, Community Edition users also have access to significant software enhancements introduced in the Nutanix Acropolis 4.5 release, including EC-X Erasure Coding, VM High Availability for Acropolis Hypervisor, and self-service file restore.
Both Community Edition deployment models are available and can be accessed after sign up with Nutanix.