Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI)

AOS Storage

A Modern Storage Fabric

Replace your SAN and NAS with highly-automated, performant, software-defined storage that scales with your applications whether on-prem or in the cloud

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How AOS Storage works

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Nutanix UI for Clusters AWS Govcloud


Data locality

Data locality provides high performance. When data is written by an application, one copy is stored locally so it can be retrieved without needing to access the network. This ensures the lowest possible latency and prevents the network from becoming congested.

Intelligent tiering

The storage environment continually monitors data access and automatically optimizes data placement on either SSD or HDD tiers, resulting in optimal performance without the need for manual intervention or troubleshooting.


The latest memory class storage technologies, like NVMe, deliver high throughput and fast response times compared to traditional SATA or SAS technology.


Granular and efficient snapshots

Metadata-based local snapshots with virtual machine and application-level consistency recover data instantly to meet a wide range of RTO and RPO requirements.

Automatic self-healing

AOS Storage is designed to automatically self-heal in the event of SSD, HDD/NVMe device, or node failures. It can also fully recover the management stack without requiring any user intervention or causing delays.

Tunable redundancy

AOS Storage absorbs incoming writes onto fast, low latency SSD tier. Data is then written to back-end storage resources asynchronously. This process ensures data exists in at least two independent locations in the cluster, making it fault-tolerant.

Nutanix UI for Clusters AWS Govcloud
Nutanix UI for Clusters AWS Govcloud


Easy scale-out

AOS Storage allows organizations to start with the infrastructure they need today, and effortlessly scale out as application and business needs evolve.

Independently scale

Independently scale storage or compute resources helps fine tune requirements for applications with different needs and hypervisors.

Fast provisioning

Storage policies are easily created and attached to VMs allowing instantaneous access to dynamic storage pools as capacity is added.


How it works

AOS Storage simplifies storage for virtual and container environments by pooling the storage devices that are directly attached to a cluster of servers and presenting them to applications across a variety of storage protocols. Data is managed and protected by a fine-grained, distributed metadata system. It ensures that data is stored and accessed efficiently, while also providing robust protection against data loss or corruption.

Not all HCI is equal

This video introduces the high-level concepts of the Nutanix Architecture and AOS Storage

Data Layout in Nutanix AOS

This video builds on the concepts of HCI and goes into the key architectural differentiators for Nutanix and AOS Storage


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"Nutanix not only converges technologies, their software has enabled us to converge infrastructure, teams, and opportunities. By combining IT specialists into a single operations group, we can now see our end-to-end environment, work collaboratively, and make better decisions for the business."

- Kevin Priest, Senior Director
The Home Depot.

"Nutanix gives our employees the freedom to ride. Since they don’t have to spend all of their time fighting fires in the data center, they’re welcome to jump on their bikes and take a nice, hour-long ride during the work day in the fresh air."

- Brian Oamek, Senior Enterprise IT Architect, Trek

"Standardizing on the Nutanix solution has enabled us to dramatically reduce TCO, while helping us make our operations more efficient."

- Guillaume Brocard, Senior Operations Advisor at Total

Other capabilities

Choice of hypervisor

Run your own hypervisor, or take advantage of Nutanix AHV and migration tools, which can help reduce both risk and cost.

License portability

Flexibility to change deployment as application and business requirements change.

Capacity optimization

Dedupe, compression, erasure coding work together to make efficient use of all available capacity within a cluster.

Data replication

Flexible recovery point objectives (RPOs) supported with Async, Sync, NearSync, Metro Availability and Multiple Site options.

Efficient snapshots

Integrated snapshots per virtual machine speed up clone creation and restore times similar to SAN.

Secure by default

Automated security baselines with data-centric security enhances cyber resilience.

Explore our top resources

The Nutanix Bible

The Nutanix Bible breaks down the inner-workings of AOS and explains how it all comes together.

Why Nutanix and VMware Run Great Together

Learn how customers leverage Nutanix and VMware to get higher performance and availability, easy scalability, and faster time-to-value.

Nutanix Core Performance
Tech Note

This tech note is for architects and administrators responsible for managing performance.

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