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Vocus goes with Nutanix cloud for infrastructure modernisation

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Vocus Communications is modernising its infrastructure with the Dell EMC XC Series appliance running the Nutanix enterprise cloud platform.

Mick Simmons, interim head of the corporate and wholesale division at Vocus, says the telco decided to make a clean break from its three-tier architecture and adopt Nutanix to run its wide range of business support systems (BSS), including large-scale billing and provisioning systems.

“Previously we worked with a range of vendors,” Simmons said.

“We had one vendor per function from storage, compute to networks, we have now collapsed the storage and compute using Nutanix on the Dell EMC XC platform.

“The converged solution is reliable, simple and has increased automation, which materially improves our operational efficiency. The incremental node-by-node, pay-as-you-grow CAPEX model also suits us from a budgeting perspective.”

Nutanix says Vocus selected its enterprise cloud platform from among a variety of hyperconverged solutions “due to its maturity and leadership in the market, simplicity, and the proven open-source KVM technology based hypervisor, Nutanix AHV” – with the latter a vital part of the decision, as it brings “low-touch virtualisation management and associated cost savings”.

Traditionally, Vocus refreshed its IT infrastructure every four to five years and it had been using a storage area network (SAN) model until the Nutanix-enabled solution. Its most recent infrastructure was approaching end-of-life, meaning increased maintenance and support costs.

Nutanix said Vocus now had greater visibility over its IT teams, and this, coupled with Nutanix’s data mining and analytics capabilities, was helping Vocus achieve its business goals.

“Our Enterprise Cloud Platform comes with a proven hypervisor, AHV, at no extra cost with every deployment,” said Howard Fyffe, managing director Australia and New Zealand at Nutanix.

“AHV is a rapidly growing hypervisor for our deployments, and quickly becoming a popular choice for virtualising business critical applications because industry leaders such as Vocus recognise the simplicity, benefits and cost savings of having one single platform to run the data centre and virtualisation requirements.”

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