Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Nutanix Builds New Capabilities for its Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Nutanix unveiled two new product families for hyperconverged data centers -- Nutanix Acropolis and Nutanix Prism -- both aimed at simplifying and scaling infrastructure while enhancing IT service delivery.

Nutanix Acropolis, which builds on the core capabilities of the company’s flagship hyperconverged product, is an open platform for virtualization and application mobility. Nutanix is supporting a choice in application platform, including traditional hypervisors, emerging hypervisors or containers. Nutanix Acropolis is comprised of three foundational components:

  • Distributed Storage Fabric - enables common web-scale services across multiple storage protocols. Acropolis can mount volumes as in-guest iSCSI storage for applications with specific storage protocol requirements such as Microsoft Exchange, unifying all workloads on a single infrastructure. Acropolis also includes a robust implementation of erasure coding storage optimization, which reduces the storage required for data replication by up to 75% compared to traditional mirroring techniques, and can be enabled on previously deployed Nutanix appliances with a simple software upgrade.
  • App Mobility Fabric - a newly-designed open environment capable of delivering virtual machine (VM) placement, VM migration, and VM conversion, as well as cross-hypervisor high availability and integrated disaster recovery. It supports most virtualized applications, and will provide a more seamless path to containers and hybrid cloud computing.
  • Acropolis Hypervisor - while the Distributed Storage Fabric fully supports traditional hypervisors such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, Acropolis also includes a native hypervisor based on the proven Linux KVM hypervisor. It features enhanced security, self-healing capabilities based on SaltStack and enterprise-grade VM management.

Nutanix Prism, which is an infrastructure management systems, features one-click software upgrades for more efficient maintenance, one-click insight for detailed capacity trend analysis and planning and one-click troubleshooting for rapid issue identification and resolution. Nutanix said its simplified management provides an end-to-end view of all workflows – something difficult to achieve with legacy three-tier, compute, storage and virtualiation architectures. It also features machine learning technology with built-in heuristics and business intelligence to mine large volumes of system data and generate actionable insights for enhancing all aspects of infrastructure performance,

“The most transformative technologies are the ones we don’t even think about. They work all the time, scale on demand and self-heal. In other words, they are invisible,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO and founder of Nutanix. “Building on our foundations of web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design, we will make virtualization as invisible as we’ve made storage and elevate enterprise IT expectations yet again.”

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