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Why are VCDXs flocking to Nutanix?

I wrote a blog post last November titled, What is the Value of a VCDX to a VMware Ecosystem Partner?  Eight months later, and Nutanix has gone from four VCDXs to ten. That’s 7% of the 143 VCDXs worldwide. Nutanix has 25% more VCDXs than the next two highest count companies (EMC & Cisco) combined, and is second in count only to VMware.

The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification is by far and away the most elite of all certifications in the IT industry. Written exams, preparation of a solution design that can run hundreds of pages, and having to defend all aspects of this design are part of the grueling certification process.

Who Knows the Most about Web-Scale IT? The Results Are In!

As you may know, we held a worldwide contest for the top score on the Web-Scale IQ Quiz from June 24th through last Friday, July 18th at 10pm PT. Hundreds of contestants competed for bragging rights on being the top expert on Web-Scale IT, plus a Geek Crate (see below), but there can be only one winner…

The rules were simple: Just take the quiz! The contestant with the best score in the shortest reasonable time wins! Note: We only counted your score the first time you took the quiz. :)

And the winner is… (drum roll):

 

BERT HOVING from the Netherlands!

Congratulations, Bert… according to the quiz, you are the #1 Web-Scale IT Expert in the Community! We will be following up with you via email soon with the shipping details for your Geek Crate!

How Going Web-Scale is Opening up New Opportunities

This is a guest blog by Nutanix customer, Robert Mehrer from Protected Trust.

 

Protected Trust is a service provider that offers a variety of services ranging from secure email and collaborations to secure private cloud offerings. Our goal is to help secure and manage the risk of digital assets and private communications for our customers. Our customers include small, midsized and enterprise businesses in healthcare, the financial services, insurance and legal as well as government entities. We offer our customers a complementary risk assessment of their Electronic Stored Data (ESD) to help them discover any vulnerabilities and the level of risk they face, to enable them to affordably mitigate it.

As operations manager, I’m responsible for facilitating and maintaining our datacenters – including maintaining the physical infrastructure as well as the design, layout and implementation of new equipment based on the requirements of our product lines. That’s how I discovered Nutanix – researching easy, plug-and-play type solutions to provide a new virtual private server infrastructure.

Nutanix and Microsoft Private Cloud: We continue our journey with Microsoft (Part 2)

Earlier this month, we published Part 1 of our journey with Hyper-V discussing the value we bring to customers deploying Hyper-V. We also discussed details around our differentiated and synergistic implementation. This article continues where we left off and discusses our most recent software release, Nutanix OS 4.0, which shipped last month. Nutanix OS 4.0 is feature rich comprising integrations with the Microsoft ecosystem including Windows, Hyper-V and Azure. Highlights include the following:

  • Native Backup with VMCaliber or VM-centric snapshots

  • Native VMCaliber Thin Replication for DR

  • VSS support for application consistent backups running on Hyper-V

  • Windows PowerShell Toolkit

  • Non-disruptive 1-Click upgrades

  • Prism Central

 

These features are complemented by our Reference Architecture (RA) on Azure pack and Performance tuning on Hyper-V virtual machines. All this in just 6 months after our first Hyper-V release. Nutanix is the only infrastructure vendor releasing capability at such an accelerated pace. Shown below are some of  the Microsoft-related areas where Nutanix is innovating:

Making Web-Scale Waves at VMworld 2014

Nutanix is excited to announce we are a Gold sponsor at VMworld 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Aug 24-28!

This year’s VMworld theme of “No Limits” couldn’t have provided a better stage for us to highlight how Nutanix is bringing the scalable and agile technologies and datacenter architectures used by companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and other leading players to mainstream enterprises across the globe. Web-scale converged infrastructure enables IT organizations of all sizes to run any virtualized workload at any scale.

As Best of VMworld winners in 2011, 2012, and 2013, we are returning in style, with hands-on demos of web-scale technology and a full slate of activities!  And with a slew of Nutanix product, solution, and partnership announcements on tap, this year’s VMworld is already shaping up to be our best yet.  We are also proud to have many of our customers join us at the show to discuss first-hand the benefits they have seen by making the transition to Nutanix technology.

What’s your Web-Scale IQ? Take the Quiz & You Could Win!

So… how much do YOU know about Web-Scale? The Web-Scale IQ Quiz has been getting fantastic traction, so we’ve decided to award the person with the best score from the day we launched the quiz through the end of this week on Friday, July 18th at 10pm PT. What’s the prize, you ask? Bragging rights that you are the top expert on Web-Scale IT, plus we’ll send you your very own Geek Crate (see below)! The rules are simple: Just take the quiz (making sure you provide your email address and Twitter handle so we can reach you if you win)! The contestant with 100% in the shortest reasonable time wins! Note: We will only count your score the first time you take the quiz. :)

Here’s a leaderboard that highlights the current top five contestants:

Current Place Name Score – Time

Nutanix Foundation Demo Video: From Bare-metal to Production in Minutes

The Nutanix Foundation is a tool that allow administrators to completely bootstrap, deploy and configure a bare-metal Nutanix cluster from start-to-end with minimal interaction in matter of minutes. Foundation will request few general parameters about network and in most cases even detect the Nutanix nodes using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS), also known as BonJour.

The tool then will request the ISO for Nutanix NOS (Phoenix) and the ISO for your preferred hypervisor. After clicking ‘Image Nodes’ the administrator only has to drink his/her coffee.

Foundation will automatically configure IPMI, deploy and configure hypervisors, deploy and configure Nutanix Controller VMs and finally create a cluster with selected nodes. The only task left to the administrator is to create a storage pool and add nodes to vCenter or SCVMM, if required. If you didn’t understand yet – we have servers, hypervisors and storage fully configured extremely fast, with few clicks and ready-for-use.

Bursting with Pride – The Nutanix and BEarena Partnership

Guest Blog Article by Darren Ashley, Technical Director at BEarena.

A few recent events have driven me to start a blog. BEarena is growing, increasingly my time is spent planning the next move of the Company, analysing industry trends, preparing us for the next quantum leap. The tools that have served me so well in my technical career were hung up long ago now, and a new generation of technical experts now deliver the BEarena difference equally as efficiently and accurately as I did, so that side of the business is in good hands.

Nutanix and Microsoft Private Cloud: We begin our journey with Hyper-V (Part I)

Over the last few years, Hyper-V has gained great traction with IT organizations serving numerous use cases, geographies and customer segments. According to IDC, Hyper-V has grown to capture nearly 1/3rd of the hypervisor market in the last 5 years as seen in the chart below (source: IDC WW Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker, Dec 2013).

Hyper-V’s market share is expected to grow at a faster rate than the general growth of virtualization, driven by several different factors including the upcoming end of support of Windows Server 2003. According to Microsoft, roughly 15 million instances of Windows Server 2003, most of them physical, will need to be upgraded within 12 months to avoid any lapses in support. 

We are watching this market dynamic unfold as our Hyper-V customer base is rapidly growing. Systems running Hyper-V are in the triple digits just in the first few months following support for the hypervisor. Our healthy and growing pipeline of opportunities around VDI, remote office, business critical applications and private cloud deployments further supports the trend. 

Web-Scale Wednesday Wrap-Up: Watch On-Demand

To everyone who participated in the first Web-scale Wednesday on June 25th and helped make the event an unmitigated success, THANK YOU! Drawing over 1,700 registrants worldwide, this industry event was a big first step in broadening the conversation about web-scale IT and its relevance to the enterprise market.

Speakers and panelists from the press and analyst community and companies across the industry, including Wikibon, The Register, Citrix, Veeam, Twitter, DataStax, Dell, CFEngine and Nutanix, shared a broad range of views on the topic of web-scale IT. Participants – believers, skeptics and the unopinionated – engaged with the speakers and with each other actively over social media throughout the day.

Enterprise adoption of web-scale IT technologies is well underway and unstoppable at this point. Enterprise IT is fighting for relevance in the face of public cloud services, and the old way of doing things is too slow, complex and expensive to cut it.