Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/06/nutanix_converged_server_storage_firm_takes_on_vce/

Server-storage halfblood newbie Nutanix: We're taking on big dog VCE

Begs customers to make a move

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 6th June 2014 08:33 GMT

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the dog - which brings us to converged server/storage system vendor rivals Nutanix and VCE.

VCE is a bulging giant backed by Cisco, EMC and VMware, with annual revenues running at more than $1bn and more than 1,750 systems sold to more than 800 customers in nearly 60 countries.

Nutanix is a startup stripling with lifetime sales of just $100m over the past three years or so. What has this stripling got that should make VCE sit up and take notice?

It claims:

Customers are being offered a Vblock-to-Nutanix Migration Service which includes:

Nutanix says its Global Services Organisation has services “available to implement Nutanix clusters, and perform the actual application and workload migration, plus full training on the Nutanix-based infrastructure.”

The Nutanix announcement includes a quote from Parmeet Chaddha, the firm's global services VP: “The enterprise datacenter is at an inflection point as it tries to keep up with rapid advancements in technology. Some vendors have turned to duct taping legacy technologies in a 42U rack and selling it as next-generation converged infrastructure.”

What does VCE think about Nutanix? We might paraphrase its response as: “Who?”. NICs are all very well but Nutanix gear doesn’t include the networking that a Vblock contains, for example. And when it comes to VCE's Fibre Channel, it could easily point out that Nutanix does not have any. ®