ThinkstockPhotos-506152600With tangible ROI and massive operational efficiencies, server virtualization of the x86 platform was the first major enterprise IT innovation of the 21st century.

Today, virtualization is ubiquitous in most data centers, as the initial savings were dramatically compelling. Unfortunately, yesterday’s solutions are creating cost challenges in today’s advanced environments. Many of those who embraced virtualization are now facing virtual machine sprawl, massive data growth, increased complexity, and hefty annual renewals for their virtualization software and support. And many of them are running non-critical virtual machine workloads on expensive server virtualization software (hypervisor) licenses, along with equally expensive storage solutions.

But there is hope for businesses looking to reduce IT expenses by migrating these workloads to a more cost-effective platform. One practical solution is offered by Sirius partner Nutanix. The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that consolidates the compute (server) and storage tiers into a single, integrated appliance.

Nutanix exploded onto the scene by offering this massively scalable compute and storage solution built on commodity hardware. It doesn’t require a storage area network or an expensive shared storage array, yet in many cases it can outperform those legacy storage components while reducing cost, complexity and management overhead. Nutanix also offers its own hypervisor, called Acropolis, which provides an alternative to other, more expensive hypervisors by providing features that organizations need without a lot of advanced features that were required to address the shortcomings of legacy shared storage.

You may be asking, “But what about the investments I’ve made in third-party tools to manage my virtualization environment?” My answer is: why do you need third-party tools to manage your virtualization environment in the first place? Shouldn’t the virtualization software vendor be providing an all-in-one solution to manage, monitor, optimize and protect your workloads? Put another way, if you’re not getting value from the entire stack, it may be time to rethink your strategy.

Nutanix offers a complete solution that provides scalable compute and storage capacity, along with the operational management and data protection features businesses need, all rolled into a single platform. The days of a massive storage infrastructure refresh every three to five years are over. Nutanix allows you to grow by a single server node at a time. There is no need for a “big bang” forklift replacement. Nutanix provides cloud-like scale and efficiency for your data center, with complete administrative control.

Finally, you may be thinking about the other software investments you’ve made — such as virtual desktop infrastructure software or backup and recovery software — which are compatible with your existing hypervisor. Since the announcement of Nutanix’s Acropolis Hypervisor in 2015, several companies, including Citrix, Unidesk, and Commvault, have already released or announced support for it.

In sum, Nutanix allows you to start quickly, start small, and scale forever. The same cannot be said for many legacy IT infrastructure platforms, which is part of the reason IT departments cannot keep up and businesses are looking to the cloud. If you want to maintain control, reduce time-to-market, and slash your overall IT costs, let’s begin this important conversation about how Sirius can design and implement a Nutanix solution to meet your unique business needs.

Sirius provides converged infrastructure solutions across all deployment models, as well as full consulting services. To learn more, contact Sirius to speak with one of our virtualization specialists, and learn even more by visiting the Sirius IT Optimization & Server Virtualization page at