Nutanix Release 3.5 comes with huge improvements
I don’t think Nutanix need much of an introduction these days. Although they still are a relatively young company, they have already made a significant impression in the storage corner. If this all is still new to you, visit them at VMworld in San Francisco August 25-29, boot #1521 or October in Barcelona. As you can read in the Title, Nutanix has just announced it's new NOS release 3.5 with huge improvements.
The Nutanix Platform is a converged infrastructure solution that consolidates the compute (server) tier and the storage tier into a single, integrated appliance. Nutanix uses the same design principles and technologies that power IT innovators such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. The Nutanix solution is radically simple compared to traditional datacenter infrastructures.
Microsoft Hyper-V support
The Nutanix Operating System (NOS) is the force behind all this. Whiteout this software the 2U boxes would just be servers. The software, which was designed to be hypervisor agnostic, now supports besides KVM and VMware also Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012. I guess that will please a lot of 'future' customers. Nutanix now supports the broadest range of hypervisor platforms in the converged infrastructure market. The Nutanix technology preview for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 includes support for the Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol 3.0 used for providing shared access to files between nodes on a Windows-based network. A Nutanix cluster, regardless of the underlying hypervisor, can be elegantly managed using Nutanix Prism a newly announced, completely resigned UI so there is never a need to learn additional management tools for multi-hypervisor environments.
With a singular focus on customer success, Nutanix also continues to add value and functionality for VMware customers. Already viewed by VMware and its channel partners as one of the best infrastructure platforms for high-performance virtualized applications like demanding end-user computing, server workloads and big data initiatives, the latest NOS 3.5 release introduces a validated SRA for vCenter Site Recovery Manager as well as a certified vSphere VAAI integration
Nutanix Elastic Deduplication
NOS 3.5 includes a huge addition called the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine. We talking Real-time deduplication for RAM and Flash here. Extensible for all storage, including HDD. Nutanix Elastic Deduplication is 100% software driven and designed for scale-out. No worries, this solutions will be available for all platforms supported by Nutanix. The Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine continuously analyzes read I/O access patterns and granularly deduplicates data to deliver the highest possible performance and to maximize effective storage capacity with just less then 10% performance overhead costs on the whole Nutanix Cluster.
For applications with large working sets, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, the technology increases effective flash and memory resources by up to 10x and delivers nearly instantaneous application response times. Additionally, Nutanix is also announcing plans to extend the technology to optimize the storage of “cold data” on HDDs in an upcoming 2013 release. It's all in the software which means that this application is also available for customers who bought a Nutanix solution earlier this year. Customers with a support contract get this update for free of course.
Nutanix Prism UI
With the release of NOS 3.5, Nutanix is introducing Nutanix Prism. A comprehensive management framework, including a completely new interface that simplifies user experience and a REST-based API.
With the new Prism UI, all system and VM information is organized and presented to facilitate easy consumption for immediate insights and actions. Elegant touch points provide an at-a-glance view of server, storage and network operations to eliminate searching through multiple screens to find critical information. In addition, Prism UI is built from the ground up using HTML5 to support nearly any device. The GUI looks very clean. Unfortunately I can not compare because I have no experience with the previous GUI.
Besides these three huge new features the NOS 3.5 release packages more than 75 additional enhancements, including the extension of compression to the native Nutanix Disaster Recovery feature for unmatched capacity optimization, and the introduction of a Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). The SRA allows customers to leverage their existing investment in VMware SRM to manage Nutanix VM-centric disaster recovery policies.
Anyway, this will put Nutanix in front of the line. My opinion is they sail the right course, so keep an eye on them.
Watch the introduction to Nutanix Prism UI