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Nutanix shines Beam into private cloud

Nutanix is extending the Beam capability it launched six months ago for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure into private clouds running on Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure.

Nutanix Beam is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that gives Nutanix HCI customers visibility into their costs across public clouds and now on-premises deployments.  Beam serves as a multi-cloud management dashboard that shows how applications are consuming cloud resources. Its new release also adds the ability to analyze cloud consumption trends to help plan future spending, and show customers the cost of Nutanix clusters and software licenses allocated to each cluster.

Greg Smith, Nutanix VP of product marketing, called the Beam extension “an important milestone for Nutanix in building our product portfolio.” He said the vendor intended to extend the reach of Beam from the start, and the API-driven application can eventually expand to more clouds such as Google as well as non-Nutanix on-prem systems.

“This is consistent with our vision and product strategy to provide the framework customers need to manage resources across multiple clouds,” he said.

Smith said early Nutanix Beam users have expressed interest in extending it to on-premises appliances.

“We have a lot of requests for this,” he said. “It’s one thing we need to do to sell aggressively and our customers need to deploy aggressively into larger Nutanix environments.  They wanted that integration. Most customers are using Nutanix in a private cloud but also have applications running in public clouds. What they wanted was a global view.”

Smith said the new functionality for Beam is in early access beginning today and is expected to be generally available within a few weeks.

Nutanix picked up Beam technology from its March acquisition of Minjar. Minjar sold Beam as its Botmetric service for AWS and Azure.

Nutanix Beam at the Nutanix .NEXT customer show in May, along with Nutanix Flow networking and Nutanix Era application management.