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The integration of Plexxi HCN with Nutanix creates a seamless converged infrastructure cloud that
enables new scale capabilities and allows us to offer internal departments/clients
the workload SLAs they cannot get from legacy cloud architectures.

—Daniele Mancuso Director of Innovation & Engineering Sparkle

Sounds like a perfect fit, right? Before we dive into the specifics of this Plexxi – Telecom Italia partnership, let’s take a step back and look at where it all began.

The Challenge

Telecom Italia’s Sparkle is a leading global telecommunication service provider, offering a complete line of IP, Data Cloud, Data Center, Mobile and Voice solutions to meet the communication needs of service providers and multinational corporations. The company has a large worldwide presence, supported through a state-of-the-art global network.

With plans to build out its new Internal IT and Wholesale Cloud, Sparkle wanted to build a data center cloud infrastructure to deliver VDI services for internal users, as well as a full line of wholesale telecommunication services for its partners to sell to end-users. Specifically, Sparkle’s new data center buildout in Catania, Sicily offered a chance to both consolidate its service offerings and supporting IT infrastructure, and modernize its data center to increase efficiency, eliminate complexity and reduce costs. Essentially, Sparkle was looking for a network infrastructure to support Nutanix, IP storage and its scalable services platform with these three key requirements:

  • Automation and Ease-of-Use: Plexxi’s integration with Nutanix provided the automation and ease-of-use that enabled Sparkle to manage its Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure from a single pane of glass.
  • Workload Mobility: Plexxi’s agile and elastic infrastructure has the ability to easily move workloads within and across data centers.
  • Performance and Scale: Plexxi enabled Sparkle to grow-on-demand, incrementally, as needed, without disruption, and with guaranteed performance for their most critical workloads and applications.

The Results

Plexxi’s integration with Nutanix provided the automation and ease-of-use needed to allow Sparkle to easily install, configure and manage its Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure from a single management console. By converging Nutanix HCI with Plexxi HCN, Sparkle built a hyperconverged data center which met all its goals for reduced complexity, simple seamless operation, agility and scale. All of this paved the way for a very streamlined and cost-effective solution that enabled Sparkle to achieve cost goals.

For more details on Sparkle’s use of Plexxi, check out the full case study here.

And don’t forget! Keep following the Plexxi blog in the weeks ahead for more customer application stories or contact us now and the Plexxi team will be happy to assist.

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