At Dell User Forum 2014 Dell announced several new partnerships with Oracle, Fusion-io , Cloudera and the most interesting one : Nutanix.
Dell will OEM Nutanix Operating System (NOS) and install it on a line of new converged Dell systems. Dell plans to offer customers the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, which combine compute, storage and networking into a single offering, powered by Nutanix software. The Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances have planned worldwide availability during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Dell will be taking the calls for support to eliminate finger pointing. Dell is looking at integration of Nutanix NOS with Dell System Manager.
Nutanix has a blog titled “SDS for the masses: why Dell matters”
Channel Register has a good story about this news here.
Web-Scale IT seems to be another new buzzword. It has nothing to do with hosting websites. I guess the name comes from the world wide web and companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon who made the growth of the web possible using low cost software defined architectures.
Gartner estimates by 2017 , 50 % of global enterprise will use this architectural approach.
What Web-scale IT means is a hyperconverged system (storage and compute in a single box) on x86 hardware with software smart enough to recover from failures and able to scale out very easily with minor setup and maintenance. It has a rich API enabling automation and rich analysis. See the Nutanix PDF for more details.
The architecture comes from Google, Facebook, Amazon which uses cheap hardware and intelligent software to scale.
On Wednesday June 25 Nutanix has a Web-scale Wednesday webinar event with many speakers. Registration is free and you even get a cool t-shirt!
Dell pressrelease here
Nutanix release here and here