Nutanix Cloud Platform Software Options
Nutanix Cloud Platform packages are available in several editions to meet your infrastructure needs with the right set of capabilities.
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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI)
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is a complete software stack to unify your hybrid cloud infrastructure including compute, storage and network, hypervisors and containers, in public or enterprise clouds; all with built-in resilience, self-healing, disaster recovery capabilities, and security. It includes enterprise data services and consolidated storage, data protection and disaster recovery, native virtualization and container management, networking and security.
NCI Software Editions
|Core set of software functionality||Rich data services, resilience and management features||The full suite of Nutanix software capabilities to tackle complex infrastructure challenges|
|Ideal For||Small-scale deployments with a limited set of workloads (on-prem only)||Running multiple applications or large-scale single workload deployments (on-prem or in public clouds)||Multi-site deployments and advanced security requirements (on-prem or in public clouds)|
|Enterprise Data Services|
|Max Cluster Size||12||>12*||>12*|
|VM-centric Snapshots & Clones|
|Online Cluster Grow/Shrink|
|Data Path Redundancy|
|Tunable Redundancy Factor||2||2 or 3||2 or 3|
|Availability Domains||Node||Node, Block, Rack||Node, Block, Rack|
|Basic Compression (LZ4) - Inline and post process|
|Deep Compression (LZ4HC) - Greater efficiency for cold data|
|Erasure Coding (EC-X)|
|VM Centric Storage QoS|
|VM Flash Mode|
|Consolidated Storage Services|
|Volume Groups - for in-cluster VMs1|
|Volume Groups - external access|
|Files/Objects Storage (included capacity)||1 TiB Free Capacity||1 TiB Free Capacity||1 TiB Free Capacity|
|Data Protection and Disaster Recovery|
|Async Replication (RPO = 1 hr or greater)|
|Application Consistent Snapshots|
|Multiple Site DR (many to one, one to many, many to many)|
|Metro Availability2||Adv Replication add-on license|
|Sync Replication (RPO = 0)2||Adv Replication add-on license|
|NearSync Replication (RPO = 1-15 min)1||Adv Replication add-on license|
|Advanced Orchestration with Runbook Automation2||Adv Replication add-on license|
|Data-at-Rest Encryption (Software-based & SED)3||Security add-on license|
|Native KMS3||Security add-on license|
|Nutanix AHV Virtualization|
|vGPU and GPU Passthrough|
|HA Guaranteed Failover|
|Nutanix Kubernetes Engine||Limit one managed Kubernetes cluster per NCI cluster||Limit one managed Kubernetes cluster per NCI cluster, Cloud Native add-on license|
|Cross-Cluster Live Migration||Adv Replication add-on license|
|Networking and Network Security|
|Microsegmentation||Security add-on license|
|Nutanix Security Central4||Security add-on license|
|Management and Analytics|
|Multi-Cluster management with Prism Central|
|Infrastructure management, monitoring and health|
|Enterprise authentication and RBAC|
* Refer to Nutanix Configuration Maximums on the Nutanix portal
1: NUS licenses are not needed for external access to Volume Groups if the storage is deployed on an NCI-Pro/Ultimate Cluster. For NCI-Starter licenses, Volume Group access is only supported for VMs running within the cluster.
2 For any model on the hardware compatibility list, an Advanced Replication SKU is available as an add-on for the Pro licensing tier. This add-on license is applicable to Advanced Orchestration (Multiple Boot Stages, Script Execution, Re-IP, Test Failover), Metro Availability, Sync or NearSync Replication (RPO = or RPO = 1-15 min.).
3: Encryption support is subject to export laws. Contact your account representative to confirm eligibility. For any model on the hardware compatibility list, an Encryption SKU is available as an add-on for the Pro licensing tier. This add-on license includes data-at-rest-encryption required for Self Encrypting Drives (SED) or software-based encryption. License includes an optional native Key Management Service (KMS).
4: Scope included for Nutanix Security Central in NCI Ultimate and Security Add-on for NCI Pro is infrastructure running Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure. Public cloud capability requires NCM Security Central SaaS SKU.
Nutanix supports freedom of choice of hypervisor and container platform, by offering a version called NCI Data that delivers rich data and storage services but does not include Nutanix compute and networking capabilities (grey rows in the table above are not included in NCI Data). Support for Hypervisor specific features, such as GPU support on ESXi, is not impacted by NCI Data licensing tiers.
NCI licenses are purchased and applied on the number of physical CPU cores capacity in your deployment. Licenses are portable across hardware platforms and are available in 1 through 5-year term options.
Nutanix Unified Storage (NUS) and Nutanix Database Service (NDB) can also be added to clusters running NCI (minimum Pro version required to add NDB, no minimum version to add NUS).
Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM)
Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM) offers our customers simplicity and ease of use to build and grow their cloud deployments faster and realize rapid ROI, by providing intelligent operations, self service and orchestration, visibility and governance of spend, security and teams, all through a unified Multi-cloud management solution.
NCM Software Editions:
|Ideal for||Infrastructure AIOps: monitoring, planning, rightsizing and low code automation||IaaS across private and public clouds, plus cost governance||Enterprise deployments, supporting complex app automation, security features and governance workflows|
|Capacity Forecast and Planning|
|Resource Inefficiency Detection and Right-sizing|
|Support for ESXi on non-NCI Environments|
|Low-code/No-code Operations Automation|
|SQL Server Monitoring for IT Ops|
|Self-tuning with Machine Learning|
|Cost Metering for Private Cloud Resources|
|Cloud Visibility and Optimization1|
|Budgeting and Chargeback|
|IaaS (Single VM) Blueprints|
|Advanced Orchestration Runbooks|
|App (Multi VM) Blueprints|
|Governance (Approvals & Scheduler)
|Security Monitoring & Remediation|
|Network Security Planning|
1 Scope included for Cost Governance in NCM Pro and NCM Ultimate is infrastructure running Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure. Multi-cloud capability requires NCM Cost Governance SaaS SKU
NCM licenses can be purchased and applied on the number of physical CPU cores capacity in your deployment. Licenses are portable across hardware platforms and are available in 1 through 5-year term options.
NCM Cloud Add-ons
By default, NCM provides coverage for all Nutanix and on-prem VMWare environments, metered per core. For supporting public cloud environments using the same NCM deployment, customers should purchase appropriate NCM Cloud SKUs as add-ons. There are three public cloud focused add-ons available as SKUs- NCM Self-Service add-on for Public Cloud SKU, NCM Cost Governance SaaS SKU and NCM Security Central SaaS SKU. These add-ons are metered by the number of Virtual Machines (VM) managed in the public cloud. Note: For on-prem environments, Cost Governance is available for AHV and ESXi on AOS and Security Central is available for AHV.
NCM SaaS (Software as a Service)
NCM is also available as a fully managed Software as Service Option. Customers can experience multi-cloud self-service, app automation, governance, and security compliance capabilities, without requiring to run any on-prem Nutanix software. The NCM SaaS offering is available to purchase as à la carte SaaS licenses for these four NCM SaaS modules:
- NCM SaaS – Operations (in development)
- NCM SaaS – Self-Service
- NCM SaaS – Cost Governance
- NCM SaaS – Security Central
NCM SaaS licenses are metered by the number of Virtual Machines (VM) managed in the public cloud.
Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP) Bundles
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM) can be purchased together in 3 ‘better together’ Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP) bundles:
|Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP) Edition||Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) Edition included||Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM) Edition included|
|NCP Starter||NCI Pro||NCM Pro|
||NCI Ultimate||NCM Pro|
Nutanix Unified Storage
Nutanix Unified Storage provides software-defined, scale-out storage solutions for enterprise NAS and object workloads for unstructured data, block storage for structured data, and backup storage. Nutanix Unified Storage replaces traditional independent storage services and brings NAS, object, and block workloads into a consolidated unified storage platform with all its benefits, including a unified control plane.
Nutanix Data Lens delivers cloud-based data governance for unstructured data stored in the Nutanix Unified Storage platform, including data lifecycle management, data security, ransomware protection, and audit compliance.
Nutanix Unified Storage and Data Lens are purchased and licensed on a perTiB usable basis.
Nutanix Unified Storage Editions1:
|Add-ons2||Adv Replication (Streaming)||Adv Replication (Streaming, NearSync, Adv. Runbooks)|
|Data-at-rest Encryption, KMS, Microsegmentation||Data-at-rest Encryption, KMS, Microsegmentation
1: A cluster has a single identity; Starter and Pro cannot be applied to the same cluster.
2: NUS licenses are not needed for Volume Groups if the storage is deployed on an NCI-Pro/Ultimate Cluster. For NCI-Starter licenses, Volume Group access is only supported for VMs running within the cluster.
3: Unified Storage Add-Ons apply only to Dedicated clusters; NCI clusters require NCI add-ons to enable Security and Advanced Replication capabilities
Nutanix Unified Storage can be deployed either as a dedicated software-defined storage cluster or alongside Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) for further consolidation. Dedicated Mode allows for a maximum of 1 VM per node, if more VMs are required, NUS must be run in NCI mode. Additionally, Nutanix allows customers to convert between Dedicated and NCI mode. Depending on the deployment mode, different add-ons are required to enable features as shown in the following table:
|Capability||NCI Mode||Dedicated Mode|
|Advanced Replication||NCI Advanced Replication Add-On||NUS Advanced Replication Add-On|
|Security||NCI Security Add-On||NUS Security Add-On|
Nutanix Mine Integrated Backup
Nutanix Mine is a dedicated storage platform for integrated data protection and backup solutions, providing both the compute and the storage for the data protection software to run and store its backups.
Nutanix Mine is licensed on a per usable TiB basis. Please consult the below table to determine which Nutanix Unified Storage Tier.
|Backup Vendor||NUS Tier|
|Veeam Backup & Replication Primary Tier||NUS Pro|
|All Other Supported ISVs and Veeam Capacity Tier||NUS Starter
Existing Mine customers with Mine v2 licenses will be migrated to United Storage Pro and current Mine v3 licenses will be migrated to US Starter edition. Mine v2 licenses will be converted from TiB raw to TiB usable at a 50% conversion ratio (e.g. 100 TiB RAW will be migrated to a 50 TiB usable capacity license)
Nutanix Database Service
Nutanix Database Service (NDB) is a Hybrid Multicloud DBaaS that enables small, nimble teams of DBAs to easily manage large fleets of databases using a single console and API, while enabling developers to self-service their database requests. NDB is purchased and licensed on a per core basis and is available either as a standalone or as an add-on to NCI. In the standalone version, NDB includes NCI Ultimate functionality in addition to database-specific capabilities and is licensed on a per-core basis.
|NDB Add-on for NCI||NDB Standalone|
|NCI Ultimate Feature Set|
|NDB Feature Set|
Nutanix Database Service (NDB) Feature Set
|Provision single instance and highly available database clusters|
|Integrated Best Practices|
|Customized Images and T-shirt Sizes|
|Support most popular Databases including Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL and MongoDB|
|Point in Time Backups|
|In Place and Side by Side Recovery|
|Hybrid / Multi-cloud Backup tiering|
|Patching and Upgrades|
|Rolling Database Patching for single instance and Database Clusters|
|Major upgrade support for Oracle|
|Thin Database cloning
|Scheduled clone refreshes|
|Online database storage scaling with best practices|
|Database Fleet Management|
|Manage both new and already deployed Databases|
|Full control over Database Servers|
Nutanix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) & Nutanix Frame
The Nutanix VDI per user model offers hybrid cloud infrastructure capabilities appropriate for on-prem virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) use cases with pricing based on a Maximum Concurrent User basis (maximum number of provisioned end-user VMs). VDI per user is an alternative to the core-based NCI licensing option and is designed to provide simple, transparent licensing for all VDI users, regardless of the underlying hardware, hypervisor, or cloud.
- Agnostic: Works with any EUC management platform including Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops and VMware Horizon
- Term license: 6month through 5-year options
- Term license must run on a dedicated software licensed VDI cluster with no core-based licensing. Mixing of non-VDI workloads is not supported.
- Unified Storage: Built-in and also available as a per TiB base add-on
- No additional license cost for DR site
- Portable across on-premises and public cloud, public cloud use requires Ultimate edition
- Available in Starter, Pro, and Ultimate editions
- Cloud Native and Database Service Add-ons not available with NCI VDI. Advanced Replication and Security Add-on features require NCI Ultimate edition
|VDI STARTER||VDI PRO||VDI ULTIMATE|
|NCI Feature Set||Everything in NCI Starter||Everything in NCI Pro*||Everything in NCI Ultimate*|
|Nutanix Unified Storage||1 TiB Free Capacity||50 GB Per User||100GB Per User
*No add-ons are supported on VDI Pro.