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Not Just for a Rainy Day
When I was attending Interop in Tokyo a couple of weeks back, I had a few participants ask me the same question: how is Nutanix different from other “converged appliance” vendors? At first I was a bit flummoxed by this question because I didn’t know any other vendor that did what we do. But when … Continued
10 Design Considerations While Building a Storage System for Virtualization
Virtualization is quickly taking over data centers. Gone are the days when IT admins worried about managing operating systems running directly on physical server hardware. The manageability and cumulative performance advantages of virtualization has led to a growing trend where consumer operating systems like Microsoft Windows are run within virtual machines. These virtual...
Back to Basics
Simplicity and minimalist design are in vogue these days. Gone are the days of complicated and convoluted products. As an example, look at Apple, which is setting trends by taking product design motivation from Braun, an established German consumer goods company, and simplifying how users interact with technology. Other examples include minimalistic shoes from Nike, Ne...
Beyond SAN and FCoE!
The Origin of the Storage Area Network (SAN) As the need for shared storage became acute in the early 1990s, fundamental limitations in available technologies hampered efforts to meet this need. Network traffic with Ethernet was typically only 10 Mbps (or 100 if you were lucky), and direct-attached storage impeded the growth and clustering of … Continued
The Four Keys to Next-Generation Serviceability
The serviceability of any product relies on four fundamental actions: (i) observe, (ii) inform, (iii) fix, and (iv) learn. While most products attempt to implement these in some form or another, very few get it right. Today I would like to share with you the secret sauce required to build the most serviceable system in … Continued
Meet Nutanix Series – Laura Jordana
This will be the first post in our new series, “Meet Nutanix,” where various employees at Nutanix will be featured. Read on and learn more about life at Nutanix and what various departments here are working on! Name Laura Jordana Title/Position System Reliability Engineer What’s your background? I started my career as a QA engineer … Continued
An Apple Revolution in Enterprise Computing
The Network is the Bottleneck Cloud Computing is being considered a nirvana for enterprise computing and SMB computing alike. Service-oriented IT — both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — are a seminal innovation of the last decade. Broad adoption of Salesforce.com, Amazon AWS, and Google Apps, etc. underscores how important t...
Japanese University Visits Nutanix!
Last month, a group of business students from Meiji University visited Nutanix HQ to learn about startup culture in Silicon Valley. These students are attending an International Gateways program. Before I joined my previous employer as a training developer, I taught in the TOEFL preparation program at International Gateways. Since I left there, I have … Continued
Supporting the Mission with Nutanix
US Federal agencies enter calendar 2012 with decreasing budgets and an increasing push to adopt cloud technologies.  I was honored to spend the last several years helping to implement cost-saving technologies, such as virtualization, at various Federal agencies, including both CONUS and OCONUS.  When I was first introduced to the Nutanix converged virtualization applianc...
Big Data and Virtualization: Where the Twain Shall Meet
Big Data and Virtualization are the two biggest revolutions underway in enterprise data centers. In the coming 3 to 5 years, they would have unquestionably changed the face of datacenters as we know them today. Interestingly, both these phenomena have been going on in parallel, with little to no intersection or impact on one other. … Continued