Wednesday, 22 June 2016 02:02

Nutanix takes hyperconvergence beyond virtualisation


Hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Nutanix has made a series of announcements that it will allow its products to run a much wider range of workloads.

Extensions to Nutanix's enterprise cloud family will support non-virtualised and container-based applications. In addition, Nutanix hardware will be offered in all-flash configurations.

For performance or licensing reasons, certain applications — notably databases  need to run on physical, rather than virtual, servers. Acropolis Block Services enables databases running on Cisco, Dell and HP servers to access Nutanix's Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric.

And Acropolis Container Services will allow the deployment of containerised applications and microservices architectures with persistent storage on the Nutanix platform.

Nutanix all-flash configurations will be "priced aggressively" at approximately 15% higher than the hybrid equivalent, product marketing director Prabu Rambadran told iTWire.

All-flash configurations will be available from July, and Nutanix will continue to allow customers to select whatever combination of storage, CPU and memory best suits their requirements.

While Nutanix will continue to ship conventional flash storage in the short term, Rambadran said the company is already testing NVMe flash and will provide that as an option "sooner rather than later".

The company's Prism management system is being enhanced with the addition of a self-service portal that will allow users and developers to deploy applications without directly involving IT operations staff. Instead, IT will configure appropriate policies and leave people to deploy the applications they want when they want, subject to policy compliance.

Operations and planning duties will be further simplified with the addition of "what if" analytics, making it easier to predict the impact of a new workload or the effect of adding hardware, in addition to new AHV dynamic scheduling that can include real-time analysis of storage utilisation as well as compute and memory resources when determining where to place virtual machines.

And improvements to Nutanix's management software will allow the monitoring of virtual machines and the network from one place, as well as adding support for EXSi virtual machines.

While the company already offers OpenStack drivers, it is about to introduce a system co-engineered with Microsoft. The combination of Microsoft Cloud Platform System and Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform will make it possible to deploy an Azure-like system within an organisation's own data centre.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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