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Nutanix Simplicity reaches Microsoft System Center

We recently wrote a set of blogs about our integration with Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and the Microsoft ecosystem. The first post detailed our integration with Hyper-V and the strategic value of our partnership with Microsoft. Our second post talked about our work covering several ecosystem elements like backup, DR, centralized management, non-disruptive upgrades and others. In the continuation of this series, we follow-up by discussing our integrations with System Center 2012 R2, releasing in the upcoming Nutanix OS (NOS) 4.1, and touch upon what the future has in store for us.

Microsoft markets System Center as a suite of manageability products for Windows server and desktops, Microsoft applications and Azure. The suite includes products like System Center Virtual Machine Manager, System Center Operations Manager, and others. Microsoft’s webpage details the different components of System Center.

Web-Scale Wish: A Non-Profit Datacenter Makeover


The right technology in the right hands has the power to change lives and organizations. This holiday season, Nutanix will gift web-scale converged infrastructure to a non-profit organization chosen by you, our community.

The Web-Scale Wish Project will donate up to $500,000 of products and services to worthy causes selected by the community, with the goal of furthering the organizations’ missions by backing them with the power of web-scale technology.

Anyone can take part in the selection process! Here’s how you can get involved: 

1. Go to www,webscalewish.com and nominate a non-profit organization that you are passionate about by November 21, 2014. Non-profits can also nominate themselves

2. A panel of judges from the technology community will shortlist three non-profits as finalists based on the information provided by the organizations

3. On December 10, 2014, tune into the virtual event and cast your vote for the finalist of your choice

Nutanix Metro Availability

We announced our Metro Availability solution last week. More details on this announcement may be found here. Simply put, Metro Availability policies complete the Data availability spectrum by enabling customers to seamlessly keep applications online even on full site disasters. Being seamless is key — when things fail, the system should automatically handle failures such that applications and end users never see disruptions or even blips. Regardless of the failure — component (disk, memory, motherboard, power supply, etc.), server, rack or site — applications will stay online without any downtime.

Metro Availability is the last leg of the Data availability spectrum with the express goal of minimizing or eliminating application downtime, on unplanned failure events like site disasters and planned events such as site maintenance

Unplanned downtime includes the unexpected like site disasters, hardware or software failures and human error. Planned downtime involves planned activities like datacenter maintenance, technology refreshes, software upgrades or patching, application migrations and any event requiring a maintenance window or outage.

Announcing the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) Program

Nutanix is excited to announce the launch of the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) Program! This is an awards program that recognizes Nutanix and web-scale experts for their ongoing and consistent contributions to the community and industry, and provides them with unique opportunities to further expand their knowledge, amplify their brand, and together, help shape the future of web-scale IT.

Benefits to program members include:

  • Promotion of membership and community contributions
  • Early briefings about Nutanix products and announcements
  • Participation in private meetings and webinars with Nutanix
  • Access to a private discussion forum on the Next Community
  • Exclusive guest blogging and speaking opportunities

Candidates will be reviewed individually, and to be considered for the program, they must complete and submit the online NTC Application Form. We recommend including as much detail as possible, so that the selection committee will have a thorough understanding of each candidate’s related skills, experience, awards, certifications, and contributions.

Announcing Nutanix Metro Availability


At VMworld Barcelona 2014 next week, we are announcing Metro Availability, a technology that enables continuous availability across different sites. This, in my opinion, is one of the biggest and the most significant features we have added since our inception.

In my previous blog, I spoke about some of the Data protection capabilities Nutanix offers.  For obvious reasons, I didnt cover Metro Availability there.  In this blog, I will give you a quick overview of what Metro Availability is, some of the use cases and basic requirements for customers to get going with this feature. We will follow-up with more blogs that goes into the setup and configuration, best practices, design considerations etc.

Customers deal with demanding SLAs and need to build resiliency into all aspects of their datacenter. While traditional solutions have provided redundancy at individual hardware layer, customers have challenges dealing with downtime due to infrastructure glitches, site maintenance or natural disasters. A recent research from Ponemon institute predicts that customers, on an average, incur a cost of $690,000 per data center outage incident.

Announcing .NEXT 2015, the Web-Scale Conference

We are very excited to announce .NEXT 2015, the premier web-scale user conference in Miami Beach on June 8-10! This inaugural conference will offer our community of customers, partners, and other virtualization, cloud, big data, and web-scale enthusiasts an opportunity to learn, share, and unite in a common vision of building the most progressive technology infrastructure in the industry.

As Nutanix CEO & founder, Dheeraj Pandey, noted here, “our conference is all about YOU – those who believe in melding web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to build beautiful and scalable datacenters.”

The conference agenda will be focused on educational best practices and thought leadership content and activities, and session tracks will include deep-dives on Nutanix and web-scale products and technologies, applications and workloads, and vision and strategy. You’ll find out how the union of web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design gives you unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. …and I guarantee you won’t want to miss the un-conference track, that will be filled with open, unfiltered discussion and debate on a variety of technical topics, led by industry experts and thought leaders!

The link between hyper-convergence and web-scale or “Why Hyper-convergence Needs Web-Scale”

Hyper-converged systems are being discussed with increasing regularity by the trade press and analyst community. VMware’s introduction of EVO:RAIL in August this year validated this new model for infrastructure that Nutanix introduced a few years ago.

Hyper-convergence is a fundamentally different architecture from traditional three-tier infrastructure solutions that are prevalent in data centers today. Hyper-convergence is an architectural model for IT infrastructure in which compute and storage resources are physically packaged in small servers, typically x86 based.

Hyper-converged systems are by their nature distributed systems. The building block of a hyper-converged solution is a physical x86 server with a processor, memory and storage (including Flash). Customers deploy these solutions by buying several of these servers or nodes and connecting them to a top-of-rack Ethernet switch.



Figure 1: Scale-up storage in a traditional three-tier architecture 

Reminder: VCDX Study Workshop for Mock Defenses at VMware HQ (Oct 4-5)

As everyone in the VCDX community knows, Nutanix is a huge supporter of the program. VCDX demands the very best from exceptionally skilled solution architects – and excellence in solution design and delivery for our customers is what we’re all about. It’s why we have 10 VCDXs on staff and hope to sponsor many more as we continue hyper-growth.

Next week is crunch time for candidates across the globe. There will be simultaneous VCDX Design Defenses in Frimley, UK, Singapore, and Palo Alto, CA. I’m a bit sad that these will be the first Design Defenses in 3 years where the candidates don’t have my direct support as manager of the program, but thanks to the efforts of VCDX125 (Mr. Derek Seaman) and the commitment of Nutanix, we can do something special for the candidates coming to Palo Alto!

How Nutanix and VSAN \ EVO: RAIL differ on management and your designs

Nutanix operates in the user space while Virtual SAN (which includes EVO:RAIL, of course) is embedded in the hypervisor kernel. Each design offers unique challenges and choices when designing, deploying and managing hyper-converged systems.


VSAN is directly plumbed into the compute cluster. The storage available for the virtual machines running on VSAN hosts is inherently limited to the local attached storage of the hosts that make up the vSphere compute cluster. For example, you can’t extend the VSAN container to other compute clusters, and you can only have one container per compute cluster.

Depending on vSphere and application licensing (e.g., databases), VSAN can potentially create silos of capacity and performance.

Nutanix, on the other hand, is not bound to a vSphere compute cluster. So while you could architect a solution similar to VSAN, you have the choice to create one large storage clusters – regardless of licensing of the compute layer.

Prism Element and Prism Central Walkthrough

A brief overview of the Nutanix UI and multi-cluster management. Take a look at one of the Nutanix internal engineering clusters used for quality assurance and load testing. Over 28 nodes of different sizes and product families acting as one giant cluster.