Nutanix, experts in enterprise cloud computing, has announced a partnership with Trust Systems and Crown Hosting Data Centres to deliver against Crown Hosting’s Shared Hybrid Initiative with a new service for public service customers wanting to migrate to the cloud on their own terms.
As in the commercial sector, public service bodies are increasingly turning to the cloud as a means of delivering digital transformation, not only securely, but affordably and at least cost to the environment. To assist with this, the UK government sponsored the creation of Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited, a joint venture with Ark Data Centres, tasked with meeting the data centre needs of public organisations regardless of size, level of expertise, or starting point in their transformation journey. That brief, however, remains a work in progress and although Crown Hosting addresses many of the issues faced by customers through an established framework of platforms and services, some still face difficulties making the cloud work for them.
Andrew Puddephatt, Senior Sales Director, Public Sector at Nutanix said, “mandated to take a ‘cloud first’ approach to IT, it’s easy for organisations to fall into the trap of thinking of Cloud as a place rather than a model and that they have, necessarily, to move everything out of the datacentre to one of the hyperscaler cloud platforms, like AWS or Azure. But that’s not the case, moreover, it can be highly disruptive as well as costly with no guarantee that any of the anticipated savings will be realised. This kind of ‘big bang’ cloud migration can also be a real shock to support teams needing to learn new skills and ways of working, on top of which there are technological, cost, and support risks from locking into a single platform no matter who the provider is.”
Faced with this reality, customers across the board are increasingly looking to take a ‘cloud appropriate’ approach to transformation. An approach where individual workloads are hosted by different platforms to meet their specific needs across a mix of legacy platforms plus both public cloud services and private clouds either on premise or in a colocation datacentre. Indeed, some 83 per cent of respondents to the latest Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index survey identified this kind of hybrid multi-cloud approach as their preferred model.
Chris Boyes, Chief Operating Officer at Trust Systems added, “experience has shown that public organisations are likely to have legacy applications and platforms that can’t be easily migrated to the cloud. By partnering with Nutanix we’re able to offer those customers the same immediate benefits by migrating those workloads to scalable, highly available, and easy-to-manage hyper-converged Nutanix infrastructure, fully compliant with the DDAT playbook and other government security standards. Beyond that, Trust Cloud customers can also host their own fully segmented private cloud as well as access tools to build, run and manage applications on any cloud, balance workloads across clouds, and focus on business outcomes rather than having to manage multiple platforms and technologies. It’s a solution in its own right and a real steppingstone from legacy on-premise platforms to the cloud with less hassle, cost, and risk.”
The new Trust Cloud Hosting Service is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) solution offering customers access to dedicated, per customer, Hyperconverged Infrastructure ensuring complete data separation. The hardware consists of Tier 1 servers running the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software and a choice of virtualisation hypervisor. Connectivity is also included by using high-performance COTS switching technologies with a dedicated high-security perimeter firewall, shared edge landing network, and intermediate Core LAN based on a market-leading dual resilient and redundant platform.
As well as both central and local government, the new Crown Hosting service is available now on a subscription basis to NHS and other publicly funded organisations. It is made available with a tiered menu of support packages and access to additional services including encryption and both backup and disaster recovery as a service product