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Carahsoft Partners With Nutanix to Bring SAN-Free 2u Datacenter Appliance to Government Market 

Nutanix Complete ClusterTM Now Available on Carahsoft GSA 


Reston, VA and San Jose, Calif., July 11, 2012 –- Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announces the addition of Nutanix’s Complete Cluster Appliance to Carahsoft’s GSA schedule, making the world’s first SAN-Free Datacenter platform for VMware virtualized workloads available to public sector agencies. 

Nutanix’s innovative solution collapses the conventional two-tiered datacenter design (Storage & Compute) down to one single scalable appliance, delivering the world’s first flash accelerated 2U datacenter, capable of hosting hundreds of virtualized workloads without the need for a SAN. One single 2U Nutanix enclosure replaces 20U of equipment, freeing up valuable rack space, lowering energy costs, all while dramatically improving application performance via Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO) server attached ioMemory. Nutanix Distributed File System (NDFS), the soul of Nutanix’s Complete Cluster, tethers high performance solid state storage directly to enterprise applications while preserving the elegance and simplicity of centralized file storage. 

"Nutanix is one of the rare early technologies that we've decided to carry within the virtualization practice we’ve built around VMware. Our resellers and end-users are big on time-to-value, speedto- market, form factor, and capex, and Nutanix provides a unique offering that will satisfy our ecosystem’s requirements,” said Will Jones, vice president of VMware Solutions at Carahsoft. “Its early traction in the public sector is phenomenal, and we look forward to working with the Nutanix team and our reseller partners to expand awareness and drive even more demand for this innovative solution.” 

Nutanix harnesses the same distributed system techniques that power Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix clouds and packages it into an enterprise-friendly, 2U rack-mount enclosure. The compact form factor of the Nutanix Complete Cluster opens up new mobile and remote datacenter possibilities for defense, education, energy, and healthcare agencies that demand infrastructure in proximity to their end users to enhance application performance and overall end-user experience. 

Nutanix amplifies the power of Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO) in the realm of enterprise virtualization by combining Google-like high performance, localized storage, and scale-out distributed redundancy via high speed 10GbE top-of-rack switches. Nutanix ships with four industry-standard x86 servers bundled with VMware's hypervisor in a 2u, 75-lb., SAN-Free server appliance.

"We are delighted to have Carahsoft as our master government aggregator for Federal customers. The value they add to the sales process is well recognized by their channel resellers and end user customers. We’re particularly happy to be part of their virtualization portfolio of products,” said Sudheesh Nair, vp of sales at Nutanix. “This team is absolutely the best when it comes to sales, marketing and support skills within the area of virtualization." 

Nutanix’s award-winning converged infrastructure solution is available immediately via Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule No. GS-35F-0119Y. For more information contact Evan Slack at Carahsoft at 703-871- 8665; or register for an evaluation. 

About Nutanix 

Nutanix is the first company to offer a radically simple compute and storage infrastructure for implementing enterprise-class virtualization without complex and expensive network storage (SAN or NAS). Founded in 2009 by a team that built scalable systems such as Google File System and enterprise-class systems such as Oracle Database/Exadata, Nutanix is based in San José, California, and is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and Blumberg Capital.