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Microsoft Runs on Nutanix

Nutanix and Microsoft have teamed up to provide customers with industry-leading data center and cloud solutions. Nutanix provides the best platform for delivering Microsoft Technologies, including datacenter technologies such as Microsoft Windows Server, Hyper-V, and System Center as well as enterprise applications such as Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Dynamics, and Microsoft Exchange.

Nutanix and Microsoft Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Solutions

The Nutanix® enterprise cloud platform is the ideal IT infrastructure for Microsoft virtualization and cloud solutions. Using a hyperconverged architecture that combines compute, storage and virtualization, Nutanix empowers both large and small IT organizations to efficiently consolidate and run all workloads on a single system. This includes enterprise applications such as Microsoft Exchange™, Microsoft SharePoint®, Microsoft SQL Server®, development operations environments, and virtual desktop deployments—running virtually on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V® technology.

Customers can build an Azure-consistent hybrid cloud in hours with the factory-installed Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard on Nutanix solution. They can also take a more custom built approach by using Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server and Hyper-V running on Nutanix to build a private cloud data center environment.
Nutanix is Windows Server Hardware certified for 2012 and 2012 R2, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track validated, and a CPS Standard alliance partner.

Technology Integration

  • Jointly engineered product to deliver native hybrid cloud solution from the factory floor. Read the solution brief to know more.
  • Support for Microsoft Server 2012 R2, Systems Center, Hyper-V, Windows Azure Pack, and native SMB 3.0 protocol
  • Exhaustive Reference Architectures and best practices for all major Microsoft workloads


  • Enterprise-class storage features, including thin provisioning/dynamic disks, snapshots, fast clones, compression and de-duplication
  • Converged Infrastructure eliminates the cost and complexity of SAN and NAS-based storage
  • Purpose-built platform for virtualization allows IT teams to rapidly provision virtual machines and support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for seamless management
  • Unified consumer-grade management

Nutanix and Microsoft Applications and Database Solutions

The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform delivers a turnkey infrastructure solution for Microsoft applications and databases. You can run Microsoft SQL Server alongside other virtualized business applications, including MS SharePoint and Exchange, and benefit from less cost and complexity than legacy SAN and NAS systems.

Nutanix benefits include:

  • Increase performance and reliability by running Microsoft SQL Server with other critical workloads
  • Eliminate the need for dedicated infrastructure by providing each node with its own storage controller localizing application/database I/O and preventing requests from competing with other VMs running on different nodes, so that its I/O requests do not compete with requests from other VMs running on other hosts.
  • Deliver linear and seamless scale-out by enabling customers to independently scale storage capacity and compute resources, and increase the number and size of application/database instances without expensive scale-up investments.
  • Obtain resilient and high performance infrastructure by providing pooled storage (HDD, SSD, and Flash) from all nodes in a cluster, while leveraging strong data protection and resiliency by replicating all data across all nodes in a Nutanix cluster.
  • Eliminate complexity and reduce deployment time with a portfolio of turnkey appliances that install in less than 30 minutes, and are based on a 100% software-defined architecture for rapid feature velocity and unmatched investment protection.

To learn more about our partnership with Microsoft, please email: microsoft@nutanix.com