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VMblog's Expert Interviews: How Lenovo's DevOps Solution Accelerates Legendary Video Game Developer, BANDAI NAMCO
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The developer behind popular video game titles such as PAC-MAN, Tekken and Dark Souls has turned to utilizing on-premises hardware resources with Lenovo.  After determining how expensive a public-only cloud was to maintain, BANDAI NAMCO selected Lenovo to keep costs in check, enable collaborate software development and provide the hardware performance demanded by video game development. To learn more, I spoke with Shekhar Mishra, the director for the Lenovo DCG Software Defined Infrastructure Business unit.

VMblog:  Why did BANDAI NAMCO partner with Lenovo?

Shekhar Mishra:  BANDAI NAMCO partnered with Lenovo to design a hyperconverged infrastructure to support a hybrid cloud environment. BANDAI NAMCO wanted to enable a more cost-efficient, collaborative software development that would allow engineers to move containers back and forth between teams easily and quickly. To make this vision a reality, BANDAI NAMCO couldn't find the hardware to support it - then they came across Lenovo DevOps Solution with HX for IT Operations and Nutanix with integrated container support. Based on three Lenovo Converged HX3710 appliances with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software, BANDAI NAMCO was able to create a unified software-defined platform. Powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family, the Lenovo hyperconverged hardware delivers the high levels of performance needed to support demanding video game development requirements.

VMblog:  What was the outcome of integrating BANDAI NAMCO's private environment with AWS (Amazon Web Services) via Nutanix Cloud Connect?

Mishra:  By integrating both BANDAI NAMCO's private cloud environment with AWS, the Lenovo-Nutanix solution was able to support hybrid cloud services. With the Lenovo-Nutanix solution, BANDAI NAMCO will have a private cloud environment with public cloud punch-out capabilities. This will enable BANDAI NAMCO to run development environments on-site in the future and then, when ready to go into production, move containerized gaming applications to AWS where they can keep scaling to support growing numbers of users.

VMblog:  How is Lenovo helping keep BANDAI NAMCO ahead of the game?

Mishra:  With the Lenovo-Nutanix solution, BANDAI NAMCO is able to lay the foundation for a Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) offering for its IT teams to oversee, and development teams to use. BANDAI NAMCO will run containers on the Lenovo-Nutanix infrastructure and enable software development teams to take advantage of hybrid cloud services to collaborate on projects.

VMblog:  How will this solution allow for packing of game development environments, back-office applications and databases as containers?

Mishra:  With the Lenovo-Nutanix solution, resources will be able to move from the public cloud to BANDAI NAMCO's own private cloud, reducing costs and increasing security.

VMblog:  How does Lenovo's solution enable BANDAI NAMCO's software developers?

Mishra:  BANDAI NAMCO implemented a DevOps solution that is a flexible, scalable and cost-effective hybrid cloud environment that enable teams to develop software with the tools and accelerated productivity they want, while providing the governance and cost-effectiveness the IT and finance departments need.

VMblog:  What do you anticipate will be the outcome of this new approach to IT?

Mishra:  Lenovo anticipates this new flexible approach to IT will enable easier collaboration between development teams and continue to increase productivity and accelerate development. We also expect to see significant cost savings for BANDAI NAMCO.

VMblog:  What is BANDAI NAMCO's feedback on the solution so far?

Mishra:  BANDAI NAMCO is very happy with the performance and reliability of the Lenovo web-scale appliance. They don't have to worry about unplanned downtime, and the fact that they have access to Lenovo's global support services gives them an even greater peace of mind.

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About Shekhar Mishra

Shekhar Mishra is the director for the Lenovo DCG Software Defined Infrastructure Business unit. He is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of the Lenovo software defined portfolio. Shekhar manages the portfolio to drive Lenovo's success in Hyperconverged and Hybrid/Private Cloud segment. Before this role, Shekhar was responsible for driving the product strategy for Flex System, solutions and systems management for Lenovo.

Prior to Lenovo, Shekhar managed the blade portfolio at IBM - BladeCenter and Flex System. He previously worked for Verizon where he managed a software development team. Shekhar has over 19 years of datacenter experience across computer, network and storage. He earned his MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School (UNC) and holds a BS in Computer Science.

Published Friday, April 06, 2018 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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