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An open platform for virtualization and application mobility

Nutanix Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure includes a native hypervisor and powerful open runtime environment that delivers invisible virtualization capabilities for a post-SAN world. With Acropolis, virtualization is a feature of the infrastructure stack rather than a standalone product that needs to be bought, deployed and managed separately.

Built on proven open-source technology and hardened for the enterprise, Acropolis delivers a leaner infrastructure stack with no hypervisor bloat or shelfware, and up to 80% lower virtualization costs.

AHV: A Virtualization Solution for the Enterprise Cloud

Hypervisor software licensing can be a significant portion of the IT infrastructure spend. Are you getting value from that spend? Nutanix AHV is an enterprise-ready hypervisor included at no additional cost with every Nutanix node.

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Built-in Virtualization

Nutanix Acropolis includes enterprise-class virtualization capabilities built into the hyperconverged infrastructure stack on all Nutanix appliances, with no additional software components to install and manage. Common tasks such as deploying, cloning and protecting VMs are managed centrally through Nutanix Prism, rather than utilizing disparate products and policies in a piecemeal strategy.

Virtual Machine Management

VM Operations

Create, delete, update, power, pause/resume, snapshot, clone VMs, access via remote console.

Image Management

Convert and upload disk / ISO images to a Nutanix cluster.

Intelligent Placement

Determine initial placement of virtual machines based on CPU and memory availability.

Live Migration

Migrate VMs across hosts in a Nutanix cluster with zero downtime.

Cross-Hypervisor Migration

Migrate VMs between virtual environments running different hypervisors easily.

Automated High Availability

Automatically restart VMs on healthy nodes in case of a node failure.

Converged Backup and Disaster Recovery

Create on-cluster local snapshots and/or replicate to remote cluster for backup and DR.


Monitor and report key metrics for both VMs and the infrastructure (hypervisor, physical nodes).

Hypervisor Management

Host Profiles

Standardize configuration of hosts within a cluster based on user-provided information, including network configuration, credentials, NTP settings and more.

Storage Configuration

Automatically configure storage on all hypervisor nodes when creating a Nutanix cluster.

Virtual Networking

Setup and configure layer-2 VLAN backed virtual networks that span a cluster. Use optional in-built IP management to dynamically assign static IP addresses to VMs.

Rolling Upgrades

Non-disruptively upgrade NOS, hypervisor and firmware in a Nutanix cluster.

Host Maintenance Mode

Put hosts into maintenance mode for planned upgrades and host removals.


Easily add and remove nodes and configure the hypervisor in minutes.

Application Mobility

The Acropolis App Mobility Fabric (AMF) is a collection of powerful technologies that allows applications and data to move freely between runtime environments, giving IT professionals the freedom to choose the best environment to run enterprise applications. AMF includes a broad range of capabilities for migrating between different environments, including from non-Nutanix infrastructure to Nutanix systems, between Nutanix systems supporting different hypervisors, and from Nutanix to public clouds.

Non-Nutanix to Nutanix

Sizer Tool

Select the right Nutanix system and deployment configuration to meet the needs of each workload.

Foundation Tool

Automatically install the hypervisor of your choice on a Nutanix cluster.

Between Nutanix Systems

Cross-Hypervisor Disaster Recovery

Rapidly recover from a site failure by failing over VMs from one site to another location running a completely different hypervisor.

Cross-Hypervisor Backup

Perform automatic backups of VM-level data from one Nutanix system to another running a different hypervisor.

One-Click Hypervisor Conversion

Switch the hypervisor running on a Nutanix system from VMware vSphere to AHV in minutes with minimal disruption and risk.

High Availability

Automatically restart virtual machines on healthy nodes in case of a node failure in a Nutanix cluster.

Nutanix to Public Cloud

Cloud Backup With Cloud Connect

Use built-in hybrid cloud technology for seamless data backup to public cloud services such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Ecosystem Support

Nutanix Acropolis is extensively tested by Nutanix and our technology partners to ensure that applications and guest operating systems run on Nutanix Acropolis with the Acropolis Hypervisor with high performance and no change to VMs.

Applications & Technology

Guest Operating Systems


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Join a hands-on Virtual Technology Bootcamp. During these free, 1 hour sessions Nutanix engineers guide attendees through interactive exercises on a live Nutanix cluster.

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