Nutanix Gets Into SDN with Flow

Enterprise cloud computing vendor Nutanix is advancing its Cloud OS with new software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities that the company is rolling out under the name Flow.

The Flow technology benefits from Nutanix’s March acquisition of application discovery and visibility vendor Netsil. The core innovation that Netsil was working on was the company’s Application Operations Center, which provides visibility into applications and service interdependencies.

“The next frontier of networking is about providing customers with visibility into their networks so they can track and analyze data, improve cloud application performance and optimize their resources,” Harjot Gill, sr. director, product and engineering, Nutanix, said. “We have worked hard to integrate Netsil’s advanced functionality into Nutanix Flow, and we’re proud our customers will soon be able to take advantage of the visibility and discovery technology we pioneered.”

Beyond application visibility, Flow provides traditional SDN capabilities, including micro-segmentation of network assets. The Nutanix SDN takes an application-centric approach to micro-segmentation, slicing up network resources and isolating them for security and compliance with information governance policies.

Flow also provides service chaining and insertion capabilities, such that third-party services can be injected into the SDN as part of a unified policy. Network automation for configuration and application lifecycle events is another core element of the Flow technology.

“Nutanix Flow completes Nutanix’s mission to make IT infrastructure invisible,” Sunil Potti, chief product and development officer, Nutanix, said. “As we looked to simplify networking, we took a modern approach to enable visibility and control for both enterprise apps and next-generation cloud-native services.”

The Flow announcement was one of several product announcements Nutanix made during its .NEXT conference. Nutanix also announced its new Beam software-as-a-service (SaaS) capability for multi-cloud governance and regulatory compliance. Additionally, Nutanix announced its Era cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) services to help enable database deployment in the cloud.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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