IBM and Nutanix are going to work together to bring workloads to converged environments, as the press release says – in other words they’re trying to move cognitive computing into the enterprise.
Thus far there have been few examples of cognitive computing working “in the wild”, with claims about how brilliant it’s been at game shows or chess forming the backbone of the marketing (although a handful of companies have come forward and told Intelligent Sourcing how they’re using it in HR, finance and other departments). This is a bid to push it further into the real world.
“Hyperconverged systems continue on a rapid growth trajectory, with a market size forecast of nearly $6 billion by 2020. IT teams now recognise the need, and the undeniable benefits, of embracing the next generation of datacentre infrastructure technology,” said Stefanie Chiras, VP Power Systems at IBM. “Our partnership with Nutanix will be designed to give our joint enterprise customers a scalable, resilient, high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure solution, benefiting from the data and compute capabilities of the POWER architecture and the one-click simplicity of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.”
“With this partnership, IBM customers of Power-based systems will be able to realise a public cloud-like experience with their on premise infrastructure,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO at Nutanix. “With the planned design, Enterprise customers will be able to run any mission critical workload, at any scale, with world-class virtualisation and automation capabilities built into a scale out fabric leveraging IBM’s server technology.”
The partnership plans to deliver a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualisation for a simple experience within the datacentre.