Predictions for the 10th annual VMworld, taking place August 25-29 in San Francisco, are rolling in from many corners of the media, analyst and vendor landscape. Whether you’re reading predictions from SearchVMware contributors, blogger and virtualization expert Bob Plankers (@plankers), or newly hired VMware Chief Strategist Chuck Hollis (@chuckhollis), a strong theme emerges about storage taking center stage at this year’s conference.
If the event were celebrated as a wedding anniversary, the 10th edition is traditionally known as the tin or aluminum anniversary. [As an aside, I make no claims to be an expert on this topic, but my new fiancé will surely appreciate my enlightened knowledge] Tin, aluminum, or other heavy metals serve as a good metaphor of the type of storage we’re moving away from. Legacy vendors who sell “big iron” systems that require massive up-front capital investments, complex administration and extensive integration are quickly becoming irrelevant in the virtualized datacenter. Storage needs to be more fluid, dynamic, responsive, scalable, and simpler. I’m sure all of you reading this are nodding in violent agreement. Nutanix is one of the companies leading the charge to re-invent storage in the datacenter.
By all accounts, Nutanix had a breakout year since the last VMworld. The company added 150 employees, shipped several new platforms and major software releases, moved into an expanded HQ office, opened offices around the world, launched a formal channel program named Nutanix Partner Network, won a number of prestigious honors (Gartner Cool Vendor, Red Herring 100, and LinkedIn’s Top 10 Startups for Engineers), and much more. And don’t forget we publicly announced our sales momentum for the first time in May, becoming the fastest growing infrastructure startup of the past decade! Whew, can you believe we accomplished all of that in the past 12 months?
What will we do for an encore? Well, that’s the really exciting part of working at a hyper-growth company like Nutanix – it’s always more fun looking forward than looking back. Our theme at this year’s VMworld is X-Men. Why you ask? Well, we are mutating the datacenter by collapsing storage and compute. We also want to liberate the datacenter of all that “big iron” to mitigate Magneto’s powers. And mostly, because we think it’s a fun theme that also leads to a very exciting grand prize booth drawing. While other vendors are raffling off car leases or trips with their CEOs, we will give away something close to cold hard cash – a Stan Lee signed first edition of the X-Men comic valued at $35K! Imagine the poor guy or gal who wins the trip or car lease but doesn’t want it.
In addition to our big booth promotion, we will have a number of critical product announcements, hold our first ever user group meeting, host a partner reception and dinner, and present three breakout sessions. Lastly, we will throw an 80s-themed party featuring the very fun and entertaining coverband Tainted Love (@TaintedLoveSF). More details about all of this awesomeness can be found on our website, where you can also request a meeting with one of our many VCDXs and vExperts.
I look forward to seeing many of you in San Francisco in two weeks!
2. One-to-Many – In a different scenario, there may be one central site with multiple remote locations. Consider an example where tier-one workloads run at site 1, and sites 2 and 3 serve as remote back-up locations. Site 1 workloads can then be replicated to both 2 and 3 locations. In the event of a DR event, the protected workloads can be started on either the desired replication sites for greater overall VM availability.
Further, a one-to-many topology can also be designed to optimize bandwidth between sites. For example, assume the available wide area network (WAN) bandwidth between sites 1 and 3 is greater than that between sites 1 and 2. (1 and 2 sites could be in the same city, whereas site 3 may be across the country).
In this case, the replication schedule can be set such that larger size VMs running at site 1 are replicated to site 2 in order to conserve bandwidth and improve performance. Similarly, smaller VMs will be backed up to site 3, to make better use of lower bandwidth resources.
3. Many-to-One – In a hub and spoke architecture workloads running on site 1 and 2, for example, can be replicated to a central site 3. Centralizing replication to a single site may improve operational efficiency for geographically disperse environments. Remote and branch offices (ROBO) are a classical use case of a many-to-one topology. For example, an NX-1000 in a remote office can replicate to an NX-3000 or NX-6000 series in the data center.
4. Many-to-Many – This final topology allows for the most flexible setup. Here, IT departments have a maximum amount of control and flexibility to ensure application and service level continuity.
Nutanix’s native per-VM replication provides support for flexible disaster recovery (DR) topologies and strategies. This empowers virtualization administrators to set replication policies that meet application-specific requirements, satisfy custom RPO and RTO needs and intelligently conserve bandwidth between geographically distributed sites.