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Nutanix slims down code, chases after small business

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The new product is a hyperconverged hardware and software bundle that Nutanix says starts at US$25,000 for an entry-level three-node cluster capable of running from 10 to 400 or 500 virtual machines.

Nutanix says the secret sauce is its software, which aims to make administering VMs and hardware simple enough that outfits of any size won't need specialists dedicated to wrangling servers and storage.

Xpress takes that concept even further by omitting some of Nutanix's higher-end and more complex features: out go erasure codes, availability domains and multi-site disaster recovery.

Also gone, presumably for the sake of performance, is encryption for data at rest.

And The Register recently learned that SimpliVity has found some tactics it thinks has put a rocket under its channel sales.

A broader portfolio therefore looks like a fine idea for Nutanix, not least because it still intends to float some time during 2016.

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