Navantia Sistemas relies on Nutanix to simplify its development environment.

Navantia Systems, a division of the public company responsible for technological development, chose Nutanix with the aim of migrating its technological infrastructure to a modern platform. Navantia is a manufacturer of high-tech ships for the Spanish Navy and other navies, employing over 4,000 people across three locations: Bahía de Cádiz, Cartagena (Region of Murcia), and Ría de Ferrol (A Coruña).

“We were working in a ‘bare metal’ Linux server environment with a not very flexible virtualization, and Nutanix’s hyperconvergence platform completely changed the way we work and manage resources in the organization,” explains Alejandro Cárdenas Romo from Navantia Systems. “The products we develop require a shared hardware and services environment, and Nutanix’s HCI technology is the best solution.”

One of the main advantages offered by Nutanix is the freedom to choose any technological provider in the future because it avoids being tied to a specific manufacturer. The hyperconvergence platform, on which Navantia has been working for over a year, has resulted in a significant leap in productivity. According to the company, development work is done on-premise at each of the three Navantia sites, and all share a private development cloud (on-premise). This measure has reduced the number of hours dedicated to each project and significantly streamlined the time-to-market. “In a couple of days, at the click of a button, project managers make it possible for a new user to work on product development, something that could previously take over a month,” details Alejandro Cárdenas.

Furthermore, the maintenance of the environment is decreasing, thanks to task automation. The support and advice from Nutanix’s pre-sales technicians is another aspect that stands out from Navantia.

The data centers at the three public shipbuilder sites are connected. Ferrol became the latest site to adopt this innovative hyperconvergent approach in September 2023.

The Spanish Navy is Navantia Systems’ main client, which has opened the door for the company to work with other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Norway, Australia, and the United States, among others. They are currently developing systems like SICP, whose main function is to allow automation, control, and supervision of all the ship’s equipment, and they commercialize Hermesys, a solution for internal and external communications based on IP technology.

“The fact that one of the world’s leading companies in military technology has chosen Nutanix as their reference partner in innovation fills us with pride. At Navantia, they understood very well the advantages of hyperconvergence from the beginning, and the task automation they have achieved allows them to dedicate more time to strategic and higher-value business tasks,” concludes Jorge Vázquez, general manager of Nutanix Iberia.

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