(NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced
that Fraser Coast Regional Council has deployed the Nutanix Enterprise
Cloud Platform in place of an outdated three-tier storage area network
(SAN) and blade server infrastructure, reducing its risk of outage and
freeing up its IT team to do more for the community.
Located in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, the Council is in
an area prone to flooding, which carries a risk of outages in its
primary datacentre. Previously, its back-up datacentre was not equipped
to quickly take on workloads in the event of a flood or another
disaster. Such an outage could leave more than 100,000 citizens unable
to access vital external services such as online mapping and seriously
impact the Council’s ability to operate internally.
The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, now operating in both the primary
and secondary datacentre, has reduced this risk. It has also freed up
the Council’s 17-strong IT team to do more for the community – for
example, members of the team are now assisting Queensland Police in
deploying CCTV cameras to monitor troubled areas reported by citizens.
Fraser Coast Regional Council chose to deploy Nutanix because it could
provide greater simplicity, scalability, higher performance, lower CAPEX
costs and increased resilience in its primary and secondary datacentres.
It considered other options – including SimpliVity, Cisco Hyperflex and
a more modern SAN and blade server infrastructure, before realising
Nutanix was the best fit for its needs.
The Council was also attracted by Nutanix’s ability to provide its own
hypervisor, Nutanix AHV, which it will likely consider within the next
year. Within the next 2 years, it is also considering VDI to free up
council workers to work remotely and spend more time in the community.
It will also potentially move more workloads into the public cloud and
feels Nutanix will be best placed to be at the centre of a hybrid cloud
“Three words come to mind when I think of Nutanix – it just works,” said
Wade Rogers, Executive Manager Information Services, Fraser Coast
Regional Council. “We don’t touch it and we don’t need to tweak it in
any way. Being able to move workloads quickly in the event of a disaster
is a huge relief, and we’ve saved a ton of storage space with
deduplication and compression, which has taken the pressure out of our
“The real benefits though, are in the infrastructure management time
it’s created, enabling us to roll out projects that we expected wouldn’t
have even started yet. We can also be of greater service to the
community in areas such as the provision of CCTV. Simply put, we have
more resources and can respond better to the community’s needs.”
The Council has upwards of 600 users across its network who rely on its
applications – including Microsoft SQL, ERP, Financials, Asset
Management and HR apps – along with many web services like recruitment,
event booking and online mapping used by its citizens. The majority are
now all running successfully on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.
Since the deployment, the Council has recorded 45 per cent savings in
storage capacity through deduplication and compression in its primary
datacentre, and 26 per cent savings in storage capacity in its secondary
datacentre. Cloning of virtual machine (VM) guests has gone from five
minutes down to less than one, and the physical space used in both
datacentres has decreased in total by 60 per cent.
“Nutanix has vast experience working with local councils in Australia
and across the world,” said Matt Young, SVP and Head of APJ, Nutanix.
“We pride ourselves with the way we simplify datacentres, so our
customers can focus on more meaningful and innovative tasks that add
value to the organisations and end-users. In this case, our enterprise
cloud solution helps enable better safety and more desirable community
services to over 100,000 residents in Fraser Coast Council. We are
pleased to see an effective use of IT can bring such a positive impact
to the masses.”
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applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix
Enterprise Cloud Platform leverages web-scale engineering and
consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualisation and
storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine
intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like
infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application
mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at www.nutanix.com
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