Cloud Software Provider Nutanix DaaS-les with Bupa Deal

"We’ve kept operational costs down by using the AHV hypervisor and further lowered support overheads with Nutanix Calm which is enabling us to both automate day to day management tasks and move forward with confidence to a multicloud future."

Nutanix has picked up a healthy deal with Bupa to provide a cloud platform and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) computing.

According to Nutanix, healthcare provider Bupa is using various services for its Citrix environment that has 3,000 existing DaaS computing users. Although it can support up to 5,000 users.

Bupa has now migrated from a legacy infrastructure to the Nutanix Cloud platform and Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). Beyond this initial phase, Bupa has also begun using Nutanix Calm to automate management of its DaaS computing system and allow for deployment of this and other workloads to “any cloud”.

Rick Jagger, Technical Services Manager, Bupa, explains: “We’ve kept operational costs down by using the AHV hypervisor and further lowered support overheads with Nutanix Calm which is enabling us to both automate day to day management tasks and move forward with confidence to a multicloud future.”

As our sister site Webopedia notes, DaaS is a form of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in which the VDI is outsourced and handled by a third party. Also called hosted desktop services, DaaS is frequently delivered as a cloud service along with the apps needed for use on the virtual desktop. Along with Citrix, Amazon and Desktone (a VMware company for now as Broadcom has made a move on that entity) are notable names in the DaaS field.

Nutanix explains that Bupa had “invested heavily” in its Citrix solution. However, the legacy infrastructure supporting that software was approaching “end of life” and that’s where Nutanix made its entry.

The configuration chosen called for Nutanix clusters for each of two sites. Nutanix and Citrix worked to optimise the environment.

In terms of the future, Nutanix says Bupa expects the cloud to play an increasing role in its IT strategy. It is already looking at using Calm to enable it to redeploy rather than upgrade applications in place.

Nutanix is headquartered in California with offices in London and across all continents, except for Africa. Clients listed on its website include Vodafone, The Home Depot, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz.

Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton
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