[Author note: This post is part of an ongoing series about VCDXs at Nutanix]
Harsha Hosur VCDX #135 (@Harsha_Hosur) has joined Nutanix as a Senior Consultant in Global Professional Services (GSO). Harsha is based in Melbourne. (Double VCDX Josh Odgers is also based in Melbourne; Nutanix now has over 20% of the VCDXs in Australia).
Harsha previously worked as a Senior Cloud Architect in EMC Cloud Services where he helped develop and implement cloud strategy for large multinational customers. Prior to that worked for VCE as part of Cloud Services. At Nutanix, Harsha primarily focuses on Cloud and on virtualization in general, though he is also trying to learn desktop side of things.
“I’ve been interested in joining Nutanix for over a couple of years,” said Harsha. “The first time I saw the product, I was was frankly blown away. It took a while for me to find the right role. But I knew I wanted to be part of the team that would change the world in terms of computing.”
Harsha is going to go for his NPX certification later this year. “I want to make sure I learn a lot about Acropolis HV (AHV) first,” Harsha said. “I want to have all the tools in my arsenal.”
“While my exposure to AHV has been limited so far,” Harsha said, “I consider it the next-gen hypervisor. I particularly like the lack of built-in points of failure. I feel that Nutanix still has some work to do on the networking features, but engineering is making rapid progress.”
Harsha reports to Paul Harb. Paul says, “Harsha exemplifies the type of consultant we strive to bring into the Global Services Organization (GSO). He has incredible technology expertise and industry experience, he is highly sought after by clients across the globe, and he has a real passion for using Web-scale technology to help organizations transform their capabilities to manage IT.”
“Nutanix excels with its cloud strategy in terms of the simplicity it brings to the table,” Harsha says. “Having worked with competitive technologies, I am all too familiar with the long time it takes to set up a base infrastructure; typically two to three weeks vs. a couple days for Nutanix.”
“Nutanix enables us to spend our time strategic planning with customers rather than spending time on infrastructure basics. We have a multitude of options including VCAC, OpenStack, Azure Private Cloud, etc. This versatility frees customers from direction to a particular vendor’s solution and enables them to acquire the best strategy for their environments.
“Providing an array of options for customers is what will change how Cloud is adopted in enterprise environments. This versatility also enables us to provide a hybrid cloud strategy (AWS, Azure, etc.). In contrast, running something like OpenStack on legacy infrastructures requires specific versions that are vendor supported. Since Nutanix Acropolis is based on a KVM standard, customers don’t have to change anything to run OpenStack.”
Harsha says that Nutanix GSO is developing delivery kits including assessments that assist customers in their journey to Cloud. This journey is in that many organizations are not accustomed to accomplishing technology initiatives in a rapid and smooth manner.
“Customers can use public cloud for applications that need to be available to 3rd party users,” said Harsha. “Put these type of applications in the public cloud and provide an API – eliminating the requirement to provide security.”
“Nutanix customers can run all legacy applications on-prem. and then move them to public cloud when desired, said Harsha. “This provides an advantage of better performance, scalability and overall management. Additionally, customers can lock down the on-prem. environment to limit available resources thereby ensuring the apps will run at least as well on an expanded scale in the public cloud.”
Harsha says that Nutanix Web-scale makes more sense than public cloud for applications that are not customer facing, “With a robust and resilient infrastructure like Nutanix, why would anyone want to put internal-facing apps in public cloud?”