Nutanix Xi IoT brings compute, analysis, to the edge

New service enables users to localise compute, data and applications for real-time processing

Processing data from edge devices locally helps customers make real-time, actionable decisions.
Processing data from edge devices locally helps customers make real-time, actionable decisions.

Nutanix has launched Xi IoT, a new edge computing service offered as part of the company’s Xi Cloud Services.

With Xi IoT, Nutanix hopes to eliminate complexity associated with, and speed up deployment of, IoT applications and services.

In 2017, 3 billion enterprise IoT edge devices generated up to 30 times more data (256 ZB) than the 30+ million nodes across public and private cloud data centers. But the current IoT model in which the massive amounts of data on edge devices is sent back to a centralised cloud for processing has severely limited the ability of customers to make real-time, actionable decisions from intelligence gained at the edge. For customers, deriving value from this massive amount of data is rife with latency issues, lack of scalability, lack of autonomy, and compliance and privacy issues.

Xi IoT platform on the other hand delivers local compute, machine inference, and data services to perform real-time processing at the edge. Xi IoT Data Pipelines can move data to a customer’s public (Azure, AWS or GCP) or private cloud platform of choice for long-term analysis. Edge and core cloud deployments all operate on the same data and management plane, so Xi IoT customers have seamless, simplified insight into their deployment. Because Xi IoT provides zero-touch setup and management of edge devices, organisations can eliminate the risk of IoT security breaches due to human error, increase overall efficiency and reduce the cost of operating edge devices across the globe.

“It is critical for enterprise organisations to have an edge strategy to unify, edge to cloud connectivity, to rapidly build IoT applications, and to provide real-time analytics closer to where the data is generated,” said, Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president, infrastructure systems, platforms and technologies, IDC. “For companies looking for a competitive advantage, solutions like Nutanix Xi IoT can help them stay ahead of the market and identify new opportunities to grow their businesses.”

Nutanix Xi IoT will focus on the manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, healthcare, and smart cities markets at launch.

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