Cloud computing company Nutanix Inc. today announced the general availability of Nutanix Cloud Clusters on Microsoft Azure, extending its hybrid cloud environment to Microsoft Corp.’s Azure dedicated bare metal nodes.

The NC2 service on Azure offers seamless, hyper-converged infrastructure and unified management that spans private and public cloud environments to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption. NC2 on Azure is said to enable customers to deploy and manage their workloads in their Azure account, with the Azure Virtual Network allowing them to keep their operating model simple and consistent between Azure and on-premises.

NC2 on Azure includes the ability to leverage all Azure benefits with the license portability of Nutanix term-based software. The service provides customers with investment protection and the choice to run their workloads in a hybrid cloud environment.

“Organizations are embracing hybrid multi-cloud to easily scale from on-prem to the public cloud, optimize costs for performant and secure workloads, and tap into a flexible subscription model,” Rajiv Ramaswami, president and chief executive officer of Nutanix, said in a statement. “NC2 on Azure gives our customers a frictionless on-ramp to Azure with consistent management of apps and data across their hybrid multi-cloud environment.”

Other features of NC2 on Azure include the ability for customers to run workloads on and manage Azure instances from Nutanix’s management interface. The feature allows customers to run hybrid workloads seamlessly across private clouds and Microsoft Azure without needing to re-architect their applications. The result is simplified and consistent IT operations across clouds and a lower total cost of ownership when compared to other cloud deployment solutions.

Thomas Cornely (pictured, left), senior vice president of product management at Nutanix Inc.,  Eric Lockard (pictured, right), corporate vice president of Azure Specialized Workloads at Microsoft; and Induprakas Keri (pictured, center), senior vice president of HCI and chief product security officer of Nutanix discussed the partnership between Nutanix and Microsoft with theCUBE industry analyst Dave Vellante during a recent special broadcast, titled “Accelerate Hybrid Cloud With Nutanix and Microsoft.”

In the discussion, Cornely explained that NC2 on Azure makes it simple to extend on-prem Nutanix to any Microsoft Azure region by moving applications and workloads without refactoring or retooling.

“What we do is we extend the Nutanix operating model to workloads running in Azure using the same core stack that you’re running on-premises,” Cornley explained. “So once you have a cluster deployed in NC2 on Azure, it’s going to look like the same cluster that you might be running at the edge or in your own data center using the same tools, using the same admin.

NC2 on Azure is now generally available to customers on Azure dedicated bare metal nodes in North America Azure regions, with additional global Azure regions to follow in 2023.

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