Nutanix Unified Storage

Simple and secure unified data services platform for global data management


Strengthen your IT infrastructure by ensuring your storage isn’t its weakest link. Legacy storage systems can hinder your digital transformation. Free up your  IT teams with Nutanix Unified Storage (NUS) service, a software-defined data services solution that consolidates management and protection of siloed block, file, and object storage into a single platform. Powered by rich data services such as analytics, ransomware protection, lifecycle management, and data protection, NUS enables organizations to adapt to fast-changing applications' needs and shift management focus from day-to-day data storage to strategic data management.

We’ve really appreciated how easy it is to expand the infrastructure. As our workload has steadily increased, it’s been so simple to get a node shipped and then add resources to the clusters - all without any downtime

Jim Levy
Manager, IT Infrastructure Services, UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center, talking about their Files deployment.

We needed a scalable solution that could give insight into our data, auto-tier older data to S3 where it would be easily accessible and empower our users to reclaim storage as we grow. Nutanix Data Lens helps us manage our big data assets across geo-located datacenters, so we remain compliant with our security policies for Ransomware protection - all from a single management view.

Garth Brockton
Group IT Manager at ARRB Systems RA, explains why they chose Data Lens

Product Advantages

  • Simplified Management - Storage administrators can easily manage storage with One-click operation and automation from reduced data fragmentation and sprawl by consolidating Files, Objects and Volume storage. 
  • Scale with Performance - Start as small as one node and grow to multi-PB without compromising performance. Scale down to the edge or extend to cloud spanning multi-cluster and multi-site environments.
  • Security-First Design - Nutanix Data Lens integrates robust security tools to detect, prevent, recover from, and analyze ransomware and cyber attacks. Perform audits on user activity, detect anomalies, and respond in real-time. Benefit from built-in snapshots, disaster recovery (DR), Write Once Read Many (WORM), and immutable storage capabilities.
  • Flexible Consumption - Simplify licensing with a single, consumption-based licensing model coveringfiles, objects and volumes. Deploy in dedicated or hyperconverged modes according to your needs. With non-disruptive updates for continuously available (CA) shares, eliminate disruptive updates from your VDI environment.


Nutanix Unified Storage

Nutanix Unified Storage (NUS) is a software-defined data services solution that consolidates file, object, and block storage into a single platform. By removing the need for dedicated storage systems, the environment is easier to operate, allowing you to focus more on application services and less on infrastructure.

Combined with Nutanix Cloud Platform (NCP), NUS is built for scale, performance, and integrated data security. It offers agility, flexibility, and simplicity to build modern applications and services no matter where they are deployed - on the core, in the cloud, or at the edge. NUS also provides seamless access to structured and unstructured data using S3-compatible, SMB, or NFS and iSCSI protocols.

A single point of management for all storage resources eliminates the complexity of multiple interfaces and consumer grade design, enabling non-storage experts (app owners, data scientists and security administrators) to handle most day-to-day storage and data management tasks.

Data security and analytics integrated into the solution provide deep insights into how data is being used and helps to prevent threats from ransomware and other bad actors. With integrated ransomware protection, NUS helps to detect, prevent, and recover from cyber attacks.

Nus application services


  • Business Continuity - Reduce the cost of storage downtime with synchronous replication offering zero recovery point objective (RPO). Metro Availability offers enhanced protection against issues such as site failures, cluster failures or data unavailability offering a highly available (HA) solution for mission-critical apps.
  • Data Replication - Smart Sync simplifies the sync of edge data into the core without management complexity and additional third-party tools. Provides a global view of files, blocks, objects, VMs, and containers across edge, core, and cloud with full data security, integrity, and availability.
  • Data Migrations - Native migration of data from both NFS and SMB shares reduces the time to onboard Files Storage achieving faster payback and ROI. In addition, you can use the API to develop automation scripts for data migration.
  • Data Protection - Proactively assess and mitigate data security risks by identifying anomalous activity, auditing user behavior, and adhering to compliance requirements. Quickly recover the entire file share from ransomware or service denial attacks or in situations where recovery time would be too long to locate each, and every file.
  • Performant Objects Storage – a scalable, high-performance solution with secure S3-compatible storage offering a true Hybrid Multi Cloud Experience with Geo-Federated Global Namespaces. Objects storage simplifies operations, delivers fast access to large data volumes, and supports big data analytics workloads.

Resources and Getting Started

Nutanix Unified Storage has two licenses: STARTER and PRO.


  • Use Cases: Catering to low-cost capacity needs such as backup, archive, and video surveillance.
  • Storage Type: Hybrid only,  suitable for low random IO and high latency requirements.
  • Offerings: Provides Files2 and Objects storage capabilities.
  • Add-ons: Includes a security add-on.
  • Deployment Options: Available for deployment in Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and dedicated modes.


  • Use Cases:  Targeting performance and flexibility use cases including all-flash, hybrid, multicloud, and all workloads.
  • Storage type: Offers Files, Objects, and Volumes, suitable for high random IO and low latency requirements.
  • Add-ons: Includes advanced replication features such as Metro File Sync and File Server Near-Sync, in addition to the security add-on.
  • Deployment options: Can be deployed in Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and dedicated modes.

For more information on software options, please visit Nutanix Unified Storage Software Options page.

2Files is available only for deployments with at-least 500TiBs usable per cluster, low random IO

Pricing, Deployment, and Licensing Terms


  • NUS is priced per TiB of usable capacity available to clients and applications.
  • List price varies dynamically based on the capacity purchased. For instance, 5000 TiBs NUS Pro will have a lower $/TiB list price than 2000 TiBs of NUS Pro.
  • Capacities being purchased across multiple sites and clusters can be combined to get the lowest $/TiB list price. For instance, a customer requiring 10 clusters with 100TiB each can purchase 1000TiB together to get the lowest $/TiB list price.


  • NUS is a software-defined storage platform and runs on and is portable across a variety of vendor platforms including Nutanix appliances, OEM platforms, third-party servers, and public cloud platforms, as specified in our hardware platforms website page.
  • NUS can be deployed in either Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) mode (cluster licensed for NCI and NUS), or in dedicated mode (cluster licensed for NUS only). NUS clusters running in dedicated mode allows for a maximum of one user/app VM per node in the cluster. System VMs like CVM and FSVMs are not counted towards this limit. If more user/app VMs are required, NUS must be deployed in NCI mode.
  • NUS Advanced Replication and Security add-ons are required only for NUS clusters running in dedicated mode only. NUS clusters running in NCI mode require NCI Ultimate or NUS Pro with NCI Advanced Replication add-on and/or NCI Security add-on.
  • Capacity that is tiered to the cloud or another objects cluster needs to be licensed at the source. For example, a files cluster with 200TiB on primary and 300TiB tiered to a secondary storage needs to be licensed for 500TiBs on the primary cluster. If the secondary storage is a Nutanix cluster, then the capacity that has been tiered to it doesn’t require any additional license since that capacity is already licensed at the primary.