Nutanix strengthens Acropolis File Services

Nutanix, an enterprise cloud computing software company, has announced new capabilities for its Acropolis File Services (AFS) software. As part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS, AFS software streamlines IT operations by natively converging VM and file storage into a single scale-out platform, driving improved flexibility and lower TCO, said the firm.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS leverages the company’s core web-scale architecture to provide portfolio services to power critical business applications. These application building blocks include on-demand compute resources, along with elastic storage services for block and file-based data, enabling IT managers to build and operate enterprise data centres that rival public clouds.

Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer, Nutanix

“Rapid AFS adoption shows that customers are clamouring for more ways to converge and simplify all their IT operations, and to replace legacy products with more flexible software-driven solutions,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nutanix. “By dramatically reducing operational complexity and leveraging a common software layer, we’re enabling our customers to turn IT into a profit centre. We believe customers will continue their enthusiastic adoption of AFS as part of the overall consumption of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS and we look forward to continuing to expand our partner ecosystem to serve their broadest needs.”

AFS customers will be able to exploit a rapidly expanding partner ecosystem to:

  1. Secure sensitive company data with simple in-line antivirus scans using popular AV solutions from Symantec
  2. Efficiently backup AFS data by leveraging partners Rubrik and Comtrade
  3. Enable active-Active AFS deployments using Peer Software so geographically-distributed teams can collaborate on projects
  4. Perform detailed audits of file system access with partners Varonis and STEALTHbits

In addition to simplifying IT infrastructure by removing silos created by dedicated file services offerings, AFS software gives customers a public cloud experience, but with the security and control of a private cloud deployment. AFS customers can manage file services via Prism, delivering a unified, consumer-grade management interface for their full infrastructure stack and freeing IT resources to focus on critical, business-driving activities.

Nutanix AFS with inline anti-virus scans is available now to all Nutanix customers and the Active-Active and Auditing capabilities will be available in a future release.