Continuous Availability with Metro Availability
Nutanix provides continuous data availability for applications during planned maintenance activities and unplanned site failures with the Metro Availability feature. Data is simultaneously written to two Nutanix clusters at different locations in real time, ensuring that data is always available to applications in the event a site fails or needs to undergo maintenance.
With simple and intuitive management using Prism, it takes a few steps to setup Metro Availability and failover can be initiated with a single click.
Watch this video to learn more about Metro Availability.
VMCaliber Snapshots: Quick Snapshots at VM Granularity
Snapshots provide production-level data protection without sacrificing performance. Nutanix utilizes a redirect-on-write algorithm to dramatically improve system efficiency for snapshots. Unlike traditional storage systems that snapshot data at a volume or LUN level, Nutanix VMCaliber snapshots happen at VM granularity for more fine-grained data protection.
VMCaliber Clones: Writeable Copies of Active Volumes Using VMCaliber Snapshots
Closely related to snapshots is the concept of a clone, which is essentially a writable snapshot. Nutanix uses the same underlying mechanism for creating clones as it does for snapshots, allowing it to benefit from the same metadata optimizations. Integration with popular off-load capabilities, including the VMware API for Array Integration (VAAI), Microsoft Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) and SMI-s allows clones to be created in a matter of seconds with minimal overhead.
Unlimited Converged Backups in Primary Storage with Nutanix Time Stream
Nutanix Time Stream allows customers to create local backups with VMCaliber snapshots. By mixing NX-6000 series capacity-rich nodes with regular application nodes, they can in effect create unlimited backups in their primary cluster
Cloud Connect: VMCaliber Backups to Public Cloud
Nutanix Cloud Connect allows customers to create efficient and long-term backups to public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). The functionality is seamlessly integrated into the data protection capabilities offered by Nutanix, allowing customers to backup to and recover from the cloud with just a few clicks. Data transfer to the public cloud is WAN optimized, reducing the storage footprint and networking bandwidth by over 75%.
Integrated Disaster Recovery and Remote Backups
Nutanix offers a natively integrated solution for disaster recovery that enables simple VM-centric backup, recovery and replication. Unlike traditional solutions, which perform backups and recovery at the LUN level, the Nutanix solution provides all of these capabilities at the VM and file level, making backup and DR simpler and more efficient.
Replication topologies are flexible and bi-directional, enabling many-to-many (e.g., hub-and-spoke, full-mesh) deployments. During replication, data is compressed and replicated at the sub-block level for maximum efficiency and lower WAN bandwidth consumption.
Additionally, Nutanix DR capabilities support application-level consistency for snapshots by leveraging volume shadow services (VSS), and can fully integrate with third-party tools including Veeam and VMware SRM.
Snapshots and replication tasks can be scheduled on a periodic basis, and retention policies can be set for local and remote backups. The Prism interface offers a simplified view of all local and remote snapshots, allowing administrators to restore state at VM granularity from a snapshot with a single click.
To learn more about Integrated Disaster Recovery, watch the video.
Storage Offload with VAAI, VCAI, Microsoft ODX and SMI-s Integration
Nutanix supports full integration of the snapshot and cloning capabilities of VMware by supporting both the VMware API for Array Integration (VAAI) and View Composer for Array Integration (VCAI) standards as well as Microsoft’s Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) and SMI-s. This integration increases the speed of operations by offloading them to the Nutanix platform.
Cluster Shield: Cluster Lockdown for Additional Security
Lock down access to Nutanix clusters in environments with heightened security requirements. Cluster Shield restricts access to a Nutanix cluster by disabling interactive shell logins
Nutanix web-scale solutions enforce two-factor authentication for system administrators in environments with stringent security needs requiring additional layers of security for administrator login. When implemented, logins require a combination of a client certificate and username/password. Administrators can use local accounts built into the Nutanix UI, or use Active Directory for user names and passwords.