Nutanix and Cyxtera have partnered to create a new sandbox for the US Government to test hybrid cloud applications.

The Nutanix Federal Innovation Lab provides US Federal customers with an environment to build proofs of concept and test applications using ‘on-demand infrastructure that supports hybrid multi-cloud solutions via a single operating platform.’

“The Nutanix Federal Innovation Lab is first-of-its-kind and allows our partners to come together immediately in a large, persistent Nutanix environment to quickly create IT results for Federal customers exploring our capabilities,” said Chip George, VP Public Sector at Nutanix. “This helps remove many of the obstacles involved in standing up real life IT workload tests so US Government customers can confirm their acquisition needs and meet mission and operations objectives more efficiently.”

Located in one of Cyxtera’s data centers in Sterling, Northern Virginia, the new innovation lab was developed and deployed in collaboration with Intel and other partners. The lab sits on Cyxtera’s bare metal infrastructure while its environment runs on the Nutanix Cloud Platform. Solutions developed in the lab environment can be migrated to production across Cyxtera’s digital exchange.

The companies said the lab offers a dedicated space for agencies to safely ‘test-drive’ solutions to understand how different workloads perform in a cloud-like environment.

“Until now, Federal agencies have been constrained in their ability to test the latest technologies given stringent adherence to security and regulation guidelines. The capabilities of public cloud are alluring yet overshadowed with challenges and concerns about the safety and feasibility of government entities leveraging the shared platform,” added Leo Taddeo, president, Federal Group at Cyxtera.

“The Nutanix Federal Innovation Lab, powered by Cyxtera, will provide resources to the continued exploration, adoption, and productization of Intel’s latest innovations in compute, networking, memory and storage with the Nutanix software stack.”

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