Firstnet offers services powered by Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a provider of enterprise cloud computing, has agreed with Leeds-based managed service provider Firstnet Solutions to offer customers a choice of flexible hybrid cloud services based on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, the company said.

An established provider of managed services in the North of England, Firstnet Solutions recently formed a new entity, Firstnet Data Centres, which opened its first datacentre in Leeds. It gives customers a choice of traditional co-location facilities alongside a new mix of managed hosting, virtual desktop and cloud services. These new services will be based entirely on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, chosen after exhaustive research and competitive analysis.

Key differentiators were the single Nutanix Prism management pane for both compute and storage resources, plus the hypervisor neutral virtualisation capabilities of the Nutanix platform.

Together, these will enable Firstnet to offer customers immediate managed hosting, quickly followed by VDI services using the built-in virtualisation solution, Nutanix AHV, which is included at no additional cost with every Nutanix deployment. In VDI environments where the costs per desktop are very important, the ability to use a robust and certified hypervisor with zero license costs is a great benefit.

As a Nutanix partner, Firstnet will provide customers with a complete end-to-end hybrid cloud solution based on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Customers using Nutanix for their on-premise infrastructure can leverage the built-in replication, backup, and DR functions by connecting to the Nutanix clusters hosted by Firstnet.

Since the opening of the datacentre in April, a number of existing customers have already signed up to migrate to the new Nutanix environment. The company also has ambitious plans to offer Nutanix-powered backup and recovery services from a dedicated disaster recovery suite complete with offsite office facilities, similarly, sited within the new Leeds datacentre.

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualisation and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications.