Transgrid is an Australian electricity network operator owned by the NSW government.
The contract is part of Transgrid’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) investment through which it intends to isolate VDI workloads from its existing shared infrastructure on which it runs its enterprise applications.
“VDI is unique in terms of its OI profile and infrastructure requirements,” managing director, Darren Ashley, said. [Transgrid’s] platforms were never designed to host VDI workloads.”
“It has an XIV storage array and that is where a lot of its mission-critical server workloads run. It wanted a platform that could deliver some separation from those server-based platforms.”
“Nutanix appealed to Transgrid because it allows it to completely isolate the compute and storage layers.”
Two NX-3450 appliances have already been deployed at one of Transgrid’s Sydney datacentres, with the other two to be delivered this calendar month. Transgrid did not reveal in which locations the hardware will be housed.
Ashley said BEarena is realistic about its future prospects with Transgrid, and hopes to engage further with the operator around the Nutanix appliances.
While BEarena’s involvement in Transgrid’s VDI investment is restricted to the physical infrastructure component, it has also worked with the operator around Citrix XenDesktop implementation.
The NX-3450 is priced at $176,000 per unit. It's Australian distributor is WhiteGold Solutions.