Nutanix announces Zero Trust security 

The company presents Flow Security Central, a centralized management interface based on SaaS, at its annual '.Next' conference  

Yaron Cohen. Photo: Niv Kantor

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced at the annual ".Next" conference its new capabilities in its popular hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software, delivering significant innovations to the datacenter and cloud markets. These innovations will bring up to 50% faster performance, end-to-end security monitoring to support a Zero-Trust strategy, native virtual networking to simplify multicloud deployments, and expanded automation with budgeting capabilities for cloud resources.

As part of its long-standing commitment to deliver secure infrastructure services, the company announced a simpler Zero-Trust security and additional security capabilities with the presentation of Flow Security Central, a centralized SaaS-based management plane delivering compliance monitoring, network visibility, and security operations across both Nutanix-powered private clouds and public cloud environments.

A Zero-Trust strategy requires granular network policy controls and the ability to monitor and update those controls in real-time. However, many organizations struggle with application visibility and unified security management. Security Central provides customers with a hub for their security operations so they can easily assess the overall security posture of their Nutanix deployments, receive detailed recommendations to bring their environments into compliance, and provide the network visibility needed to secure private and public cloud networks and applications across all Nutanix systems.

In addition to Security Central, Nutanix also announced new security capabilities, currently under development, to help customers strengthen their Zero-Trust strategy. These include extensions to Nutanix’s native key manager and data encryption to deliver a simplified and secure environment for edge and ROBO deployments;

Additional updates of the HCI platforms include improvement of performance by 50% using another upgrade of its HCI architecture to exploit the latest in storage technologies, including NVMe based SSDs and Intel Optane SSDs. The resulting lower latency will deliver up to 50% faster performance for I/O intensive workloads.

In addition, Nutanix presented the company's new Blockstore technology for self-managing storage with significantly greater efficiency than traditional file systems, enabling simple self-management of the storage system. Nutanix also announced the development of new virtual networking capabilities in Nutanix Flow, which are natively integrated into the Nutanix HCI software stack, and enable much easier establishment of virtual networks and operation of cloud. 

Based on well-understood VPC (virtual private cloud) constructs used by major public cloud providers, Flow Networking will simplify the tasks of creating, isolating, and managing software-defined networks that connect applications running in private data centers and in public cloud environments. The solution will help simplify networking for hybrid and multicloud deployments.
Yaron Cohen, head of the systems management team of Nutanix Israel, said "HCI has become the standard for powering modern private clouds, and Nutanix software is recognized by more than 17,000 customers and leading industry analysts for its unmatched simplicity, scalability, resilience, and security. All of these turn Nutanix into the undisputed leader in the fast-growing HCI market."

Recently, the company was recognized as a leader in the Forrester Wave report for hyperconverged infrastructure for Q3 of 2020. In the Forrester report, Nutanix received the highest score in all three categories: current offering, strategy, and market presence. The report said "Nutanix has maintained its position atop the HCI market with its innovation, R&D investment, sales momentum, partnerships, and acquisition of new customers from all segments and geographies. It has a clear, impressive roadmap for its product lines."

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