Nutanix Cloud Platform

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

  STARTER PRO ULTIMATE
  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
Cluster Size 12 No enforced limits on-prem. 28 nodes validated in AWS No enforced limits on-prem. 16 nodes validated in AWS
Heterogeneous Clusters      
VM-centric Snapshots & Clones      
Data Tiering      
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      
Data Deduplication      
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      
Self-Service Restore      
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  
Security
Client Authentication      
Cluster Lockdown      
Data-at-Rest Encryption (Software-based & SED)3   Security add-on license  
Native KMS3   Security add-on license  
Enterprise Compute
Nutanix AHV Virtualization      
Credential Guard      
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
Overlay Networking      
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      
REST APIs      
Comprehensive search      
Insights      
LCM      
Foundation      
Foundation Central      

1: NUS licenses are not needed if the storage is deployed on NCI

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. Multi-cloud capability requires Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM) Ultimate edition.

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:

 

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  Starter Pro Ultimate
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
Intelligent Operations
Reporting      
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      
Application Discovery      
Self-tuning with Machine Learning      
Cost Governance
Cost Metering for Private Cloud Resources      
Multi-Cloud Visibility and Optimization      
Budgeting and Chargeback      
Self-Service
Self-Service Marketplace      
IaaS VM Blueprints      
Advanced Orchestration Runbooks      
App Blueprints      
Governance (Approvals & Scheduler) 
     
Security Compliance
Security Monitoring & Remediation      
Network Security Planning      
Regulatory Compliance      

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 adding support to public cloud environments using the same NCM deployment, customers should purchase NCM Cloud Add-on SKU's. There are two Cloud add-ons available - NCM Cloud Pro and NCM Cloud Ultimate, corresponding to the tier features above. These add-ons are metered by the number of Virtual Instances (VI), such as VM, Containers, IP Address, endpoints, managed in the public cloud. 

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 will not be available in the Starter, Pro, Ultimate tiered model and will be available to  purchase as à la carte SaaS licenses for these . 4 NCM SaaS modules:

  • NCM SaaS – Operations
  • NCM SaaS – Self-Service
  • NCM SaaS – Cost Governance
  • NCM SaaS – Security Central

NCM SaaS licenses are metered by the number of Virtual Instances (VI), such as VM, Containers, IP Address, endpoints, 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
NCP Pro
NCI Ultimate NCM Pro
NCP Ultimate
NCI Ultimate
NCM Ultimate

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:

  Starter Pro
Nutanix Files    
Nutanix Objects    
Nutanix Volumes    
Add-ons2 Adv Replication (Streaming) Adv Replication (Streaming, NearSync, Adv. Runbooks)
Security (Encryption, KMS) Security (Encryption, KMS)

1:  A cluster has a single identity; Starter and Pro cannot be applied to the same cluster. NUS licenses are not needed if the storage is deployed on NCI

2: 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

Provisioning
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  
Data Protection
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  
Data Management
Thin Database cloning
 
Scheduled clone refreshes  
Scaling
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 Files 1 TiB Free Capacity 50 GB Per User 100GB Per User

*No add-ons are supported on VDI Pro.

Nutanix Frame is sold as a separate per-user subscription service in addition to NCI VDI based on either Named Users or Max Concurrent Users (maximum number of provisioned end-user VMs). Subscriptions range from pay-as-you-go per month to pre-paid subscriptions for up to 5 years. For more information, please visit the Nutanix Frame pricing page.