The city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido has deployed Nutanix Cloud Clusters (NC2) on AWS and selected Nutanix Flow Network Security to create the first hybrid cloud environment used by a local government in Japan.
NC2 on AWS has reduced Sapporo City’s IT complexity and operational burdens because it enables applications to be managed on-premise and in the cloud, on Amazon EC2 bare metal infrastructure, using a single interface.
This also resulted in Sapporo City’s smooth deployment without the impact that could have been caused by delivery delays if additional network equipment, servers, switches, etc. were needed due to the recent global shortage of semiconductors.
Currently, security-related workloads are being run in the cloud, and Sapporo City’s plan is to migrate its internal IT systems, portal, and external websites to the cloud in the future.
“We were commissioned by Sapporo City to add to the Nutanix HCI infrastructure that we had installed and maintained by building a hybrid cloud environment. We had a very tight deadline to meet, considering the migration of the systems that were already in place,” said Satoru Isobe, Sapporo LA Sales Section at Otsuka Corporation.
Isobe added: “We will continue to work closely with Nutanix and iret to provide better services to Sapporo City in the future.”
The city first used a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution from Nutanix to modernise and improve the efficiency of its on-premise datacentre. Later, the need to renew its infrastructure while keeping costs down, as well as disaster preparedness and other considerations, made rapid procurement of flexible IT resources a challenge.
By selecting NC2 on AWS, Sapporo was able to create a hybrid cloud environment, including its modern datacentre, that will enable it to scale-up its IT, as needed, without significant expenditure.
According to Matt Young, SVP and general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan. Nutanix, HCI is a solution that helps modernize data centers, giving them cloud-like agility for workloads that need to remain on-premises.
“We are committed to helping customers including Sapporo City in Japan and others across the Asia-Pacific region make smart cloud decisions, enabling the deployment of applications and data in the environments that make the most sense, including private clouds, public clouds and hybrid multiclouds,” said Young
Young added: “Not only does the Nutanix hybrid multicloud platform take cloud environments to the next level, but by leveraging NC2, we help customers build on their on-premise private clouds and gain the agility and flexibility needed to build hybrid multicloud environments, including public clouds."
Meanwhile, Nutanix partner iret procured the necessary on-premise equipment, created a virtual private cloud (VPC) environment, provided the circuits that connect to the VPC, and procured various software licenses to smoothly construct a new environment with a hybrid cloud configuration
“We worked closely with Nutanix and Sapporo City to implement NC2 on AWS, which enables seamless connectivity between on-premise and cloud environments,” said Hiroki Tachibana, deputy general manager of Cloud Integration Division at iret. “We will continue to provide optimal solutions to customers who wish to configure a hybrid cloud, leveraging our extensive experience, know-how in cloud computing and partnership with Nutanix."