Nutanix, the web-scale converged infrastructure company, has today announced that it is working with Fitness First to equip the privately owned health club operator with the latest hyper-converged infrastructure, and through Nutanix Global Services Organisation (GSO), help Fitness First build a private cloud, based on Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Azure Pack technology.
Fitness First is one of the largest fitness brands in the world. Founded in 1993, its first club opened in the UK and now Fitness First operates worldwide with 1 million members across 370 clubs in 16 countries.
Nutanix, a vendor of hyper-converged hardware, is providing technology and services with the aim of replacing a large conventional server and SAN storage infrastructure with the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform. This is a key element of the Fitness First Global Data Centre Migration Programme designed to reduce cost, simplify IT operations and deliver a more flexible hosting solution to the business.
The Fitness First private cloud will include features such as self-service provisioning of IaaS VMs and the use of SQL Server on Demand. It will also leverage the Microsoft Azure Pack Service Bus to integrate with the Azure public cloud, allowing the company to use the cloud for backup/recovery, provide burst space to cope with fluctuations in application demand and as a disaster recovery target with full failover and failback capabilities.