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Watch: Nutanix’s Neville Vincent on why hyperconverged infrastructure matters

Enterprise cloud computing firm Nutanix is among a handful of organisations that place emphasis on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).

Simply put, HCI is a type of software-defined data centre architecture that virtualises the elements of traditional "hardware-defined" systems. Its single-system approach offers more flexibility as compared to legacy systems.

Nasdaq-listed Nutanix, which has founders of Indian origin, positions HCI as the next level of cloud computing. Other companies touting HCI include Cisco, HPE, Dell EMC and Huawei.

But what does this technology entail for chief information officers (CIOs) at enterprises? And how can HCI help enterprises boost their returns on investment and generate value from their data centres?

TechCircle spoke to Neville Vincent, Nutanix’s global vice-president for ASEAN, India and ANZ, to get insights into HCI’s potential for enterprises and SMEs. He said the company has been successful in recognising how data has gravitated to the edge.

Vincent, an industry veteran who has worked with Hitachi Data Systems and Oracle in the past, also spoke about the three laws of the cloud and the role of container management system kubernetes.

Meanwhile, Nutanix has been growing its presence in India. In March this year, the cloud company launched its second centre of excellence in India and laid out a plan to move into tier-2 and tier-3 cities in the country, starting with Hyderabad.

It also recently opened a new customer support centre in Pune -- its second in India.