Nutanix has unveiled a new software-as-a-service offering to provide multi-cloud management settings, allowing organizations to control their spending, security and regulatory compliance across a variety of cloud platforms.

Dubbed ‘Beam’, the service – which Nutanix released during its 2018 NEXT Conference in New Orleans, builds on the firm’s recently-purchased Minjar Botmetic service, which it noted is already used to manage about US$1billion of cloud spend across Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

More specifically, Nutanix said Beam reduced complexity by providing customers with deep visibility and rich analytics to lay out in detail how they are using the public cloud.

“It also provides one-click recommendations based on machine intelligence so IT teams can immediately optimize their cloud spend and enhance their security posture for improved compliance across clouds,” the firm added. “IT organizations get a clear view into the entirety of their public cloud deployments so unexpected costs and potential security gaps can be addressed before they turn into business challenges.”

Key features of the service – which is available now –  include increased cost optimization and cloud visibility; centralized financial governance capabilities; and continuous cloud security and regulatory compliance management.

Greg Smith_Nutanix copy“Organisations rarely have a complete view of their consumption of public cloud resources,” Nutanix VP Product Marketing Greg Smith told Telecom Times.

“Too often, they are shocked when expenses far exceed what is expected, and what they have budgeted. Beam analyses an organization’s cloud expenditures, and makes recommendations for how costs can be reduced without impacting application performance or availability.”


Smith billed the technology behind Beam as being ahead of the curve, adding that ” while there are other tools that can compare cloud environments, we don’t believe any can do so to this extent or provide the kind of visibility and optimization that Beam will give to our customers across multiple clouds.”

In terms of the local market, Smith noted that the ANZ region had been an important and fast-growing geography for the business since it launched here in 2013. “As a region, ANZ is a fast and smart adopter of technology, and there is widespread understanding that a scalable, enterprise cloud environment is the best way to support that adoption,” he added.

“We’re seeing huge investments in data analytics, artificial intelligence, IoT, data analytics, etc. across healthcare, education, government and finance in particular,” Smith continued. “These offerings create a more efficient, economic and scalable IT environment, which can serve as a platform to add digital services over time.”

Noting key early interest from the ANZ telco sector, Smith said telcos were a natural fit for these offerings and a huge target market for the business.

“We’re already working with Vocus and other telecoms companies in the region and Beam…  will now be available to further support those customers,” he said.