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January 15, 2014

Could web-scale data centres be the future?

Data centre infrastructure solutions provider, Nutanix, highlights the need for more flexible and cost efficient data centre solutions.

By Kate Heslop

Nutanix, a provider of next-generation data centre infrastructure solutions, has emphasised the need for on-demand infrastructure and flexible data centre management, with the appeal of web-scale data centres growing rapidly.

Web-scale data centres aim to be more flexible, allowing companies to have greater control of their data and cut costs.

Dheeraj Pandey, CEO of Nutanix highlights the benefits of web-scale solutions: "The virtues of web-scale include an elastic fabric, you can pay as you grow. You can start small, maybe three machines, then add a fourth then a fifth, but nothing changes because everything is seamless and it’s online. So that idea of elastic, fractional consumption of infrastructure is at the heart of web scale. It doesn’t have to be at the scale of 5,000 machines, it could be at five."

Global enterprises including eBay, LA Fitness, Metro Group, Toyota and Hyundai Hysco have adopted Nutanix as their preferred infrastructure platform for running high-performance virtualised workloads. These organisations seek the simplicity, scalability and efficiency of web-scale data centres, such as those operated by Google and Facebook, to power their private cloud environments.

The company has announced that is has closed its $101m series D funding, co-led by Riverwood Capital and Sap Ventures. This investment will allow Nutanix to further expand its role in web-scale adoption and development.

Pandey said: "Adoption of web-scale computing, and Nutanix’s Virtual Computing Platform in particular, has grown explosively over the last two years, yet we’ve only scratched the surface of this $100 billion hybrid computing market. The additional support from such a high-quality investor group leaves us uniquely positioned to capitalise on the opportunity and build one of the elite companies of this decade."

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Nutanix has now raised a total of $172.2m in four rounds of funding.

It plans to use the new financing to accelerate its global expansion, boost investments in research and development, expand its service delivery capabilities and grow its sales, marketing and support teams.

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