Performance and Resilience HCI Benchmarking and Assessments
Move beyond peak-performance benchmarking to make informed decisions on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) evaluations. X-Ray is an automated testing framework and benchmarking solution that offers comprehensive 360° assessments of major hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.
Assess HCI configurations against all the common infrastructure scenarios and use cases such as private cloud, databases and end-user-computing.
View, analyze and compare the results from real-world HCI scenario tests to establish the best solution fit for your organization.
Broad HCI Support
Establish infrastructure suitability with the assessment of a complete range of current HCI vendors, hypervisors and hardware platforms.
Benchmarking As Code
X-Ray’s framework was architected to provide consistent and repeatable testing of different HCI platforms. Test scenarios are published as .yaml files which describe the test process and workload parameters, rather than detail the specific low-level actions required to perform them.
All built-in test scenario .yaml files are published on a GitLab code repository here, enabling IT administrators to easily view and modify them. It is also possible to create and share your own test scenarios particular to specific infrastructure needs.
The built-in test scenarios enable HCI platform lifecycle assessments to be made from day-0 though day-N.
Nutanix X-Ray performs tests that intentionally create infrastructure load or node-failure situations to replicate real-world activity within the datacenter. This includes loading cluster nodes with many VMs, shutting down nodes to simulate failures and creating high levels of storage utilization to simulate high workload utilization scenarios. As a result, X-Ray requires a dedicated test cluster.
It is recommended to deploy the X-Ray VM to independent hardware from the test cluster, enabling the full range of tests, such as cluster node failure and upgrade scenarios.
To get started:
X-Ray includes a wide array of test scenarios by default and new ones can be created and modified enabling a solution test that most accurately reflects your IT objectives.
Curie is a code component of X-Ray used to interpret and execute all test scenarios. This has been made open source GitLab under the MIT license, and allows everyone to see exactly how X-Ray test scenarios are executed for authenticity.
See more about how each scenario functions by visiting the scenario code repository here.