Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, launched a new software-powered data center architecture called Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD) platform.
Announced at the Cyxtera Conference, the CXD platform will bring on-demand provisioning to colocation and connectivity services. It will enable colocation customers to provision on-demand services through a web console.
The new platform will also allow customers to run distributed environments within data centers, without having to depend on contiguous floor space.
A Unified Services Port in the CXD will allow customers to access multiple data center services through a single physical port. Furthermore, customers can access Cyxtera cybersecurity and threat analytics services for enhanced security across data centers.
“We’re used to point-and-click provisioning for everything from virtual machines in the cloud to SaaS solutions, yet the data center industry still works with a screwdriver in one hand and a cable crimper in the other,” said Randy Rowland, President and General Manager of Data Center Services for Cyxtera. “It can take months to deploy a single application, from provisioning circuits to building out infrastructure in a colocation cage.”
The initial offerings of the Cyxtera Extensible Data Center platform include CXD Compute Nodes and CXD IP Connect.
CXD Compute Nodes is an on-demand hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution that provisions and automates HCI at the speed of public cloud, and security and control of private cloud.
Cyxtera partnered with Nutanix to integrate the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software with the CXD Compute Nodes. Nutanix is a leader in HCI solutions, and will help the colocation customers to provision HCI on demand.
CXD Compute Nodes can simplify and optimize the capacity management, reduce costs with automated lifecycle management, and eliminate onsite datacenter staffing needs.
On the other hand, CXD IP Connect is a blended internet bandwidth service that allows customers to “provision reliable connectivity aggregated from multiple IP service providers.”
IP Connect is delivered on-demand through CXD platform and helps customers to decrease the time they spend waiting for circuit provisioning. The service includes monitoring options, using which customers can respond faster to the changes in demand.
“CXD brings ‘speed of cloud’ power and provisioning to an entire range of data center services with an extensible software-powered architecture that will rapidly integrate Cyxtera-powered services and those of our network and service provider ecosystem,” added Rowland.