Nutanix enjoys rapid growth in supplying data centers to federal agencies

Dave Gwyn
Dave Gwyn

Nutanix, a provider of next-generation data center infrastructure solutions, announced on March 19 that its federal government business has expanded by 569 percent from 2012 to 2013.

In just two years, the company’s innovative Web-scale infrastructure approach to transforming how data centers are designed and managed has been implemented by 57 agencies — including several intelligence agencies, the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services and Justice, as well as three Department of Defense service branches.

As a company, Nutanix has exceeded $100 million in sales in only two years, driven in part by the significant growth within the government. Agencies rely on the company’s unique technology to address the challenges associated with traditional large-scale data center architectures, such as poor scalability, lack of agility, network bottlenecks and unsustainable capital and operational costs.

“It is no secret that agencies are looking to consolidate and virtualize their IT environments,” said Gary Barlet, Chief Information Officer for the office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. “Whether it’s transitioning to the cloud, eliminating data centers, enabling continuity of operations or pursuing virtual desktops and ‘bring your own device’ initiatives, any program must first take a look at the infrastructure required — that’s where it gets complicated and expensive. A major change to the traditional data center approach is in the air with the move towards Web-scale IT.”

“In this time of budget cuts, government needs to be more efficient,” said Anja Manuel, a partner at the firm RiceHadleyGates LLC, which is a strategic advisor to Nutanix. “Government offices that must reduce spending will need technology that simplifies and converges the various IT operations. Nutanix is one of the most innovative companies that can help them get there.”

The Nutanix Web-scale infrastructure solution eliminates the need for costly and complex storage area networks by integrating high-performance storage and compute into one unified appliance. The company’s groundbreaking approach to data center convergence provides modular, “building block” scaling that enables agencies to start small and grow incrementally, resulting in cost savings and efficiency and near immediate return on investment.

The platform is simple and fast to install (deploys in about 45 minutes), requires little to no operation or management intervention and its performance is dramatically faster compared to legacy infrastructures.

“Our modularly-scalable Virtual Computing Platform is fundamentally changing the way government agencies are going about simplifying their data center operations,” said Dave Gwyn, vice president for Federal and FSI Sales at Nutanix. “It’s a modern approach that has been widely accepted by agencies looking for new ways to accomplish data center consolidation, increase mobility and security and cut costs. Today’s government environment requires new thinking; agencies can no longer continue to speculate on dated, three-tier architectures that take months or years to provide ROI.”