Nutanix will acquire two companies, PernixData and Calm.io, in a move that will give it more software talent and technology as it builds out its data center footprint.
PernixData specializes in scale-out data acceleration and analytics. Calm.io is focused on DevOps automation. Nutanix grew up as a software defined storage player, but obviously has broader ambitions.
With the moves, Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey is plotting a course where the company is better able to compete with software defined data center players such as VMware. For instance, PernixData is a VMware partner.
Nutanix offers infrastructure and a software platform that aims to converge compute, storage, and virtualization. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Pandey said Nutanix had been looking at the two companies as acquisitions for months. "The light bulb went off when we saw how they integrated well with Nutanix," he said.
According to Nutanix, the acquisitions are designed to expand its footprint throughout the data center as well into multiple clouds. Nutanix is chasing the so-called one pane of glass approach to cloud management.
"We have ambitious plans. We want to deliver applications without IT. There's a shared ambition of getting to a point where we can deliver an enterprise cloud platform while keeping the experience simple and delightful," said Pandey.
Nutanix is building out its Application Mobility Fabric as it expands beyond storage to automating cloud deployments. Nutanix and PernixData are focused on keeping data and applications close together and ultimately replacing traditional storage systems. PernixData's flagship product is called Architect.
As for Calm.io, Nutanix's plan is to build an application first approach toward managing IT. In a nutshell, Nutanix will be adding cloud automation and more management tools.
Here's a look at a Calm.io DevOps dashboard.
"We need to get closer to the application There's an untapped potential for the enterprise cloud," said Pandey.