Nutanix mutates to NOS 3.5

Today Nutanix released Nutanix Operating System (NOS) 3.5, as well with a technology preview for Microsoft Hyper-V support . This release introduces us to some interesting new developments like the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine for RAM and Flash and dedupe for the capacity tier coming in the near future, a REST-API (Prism API), the PRISM UI and a Site Recovery Adapter for VMware’s SRM.

Microsoft Hyper-V support (Tech Preview)

Nutanix started with support for VMware vSphere. As NOS is hypervisor agnostic, after some time KVM support was included. Now with NOS 3.5 will include Microsoft HyperV and will use SMB3 for the shared storage access between the nodes. With the new PRISM UI you can manage all hypervisors from one interface. A great thing but think about the potential of this new hypervisor support on the Nutanix Platform. Using VMware vCloud Automation Center a customer could use Nutanix and create clusters that are best suited for the job.Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 20.40

Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine

In the earlier releases of NOS, inline compression of data was already included. NOS 3.5 introduces the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine. It provides a Real-time deduplication for RAM and Flash, and in the near future Nutanix will include dedupe on the capacity tier (HDD) too. Nutanix looks at data that comes into the Content Cache (RAM and SSD) and puts it all in a Single touch pool (no dedupe will take place here) when the data is accessed for the second time it will be moved to the multi touch pool (here Dedupe will take place) after the data isn’t accessed any more it will be moved to de Capacity tier (HDD). Things like indexing and virusscanning will be catched in the single touch pool, for optimal deduplication.

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The New Prism UI

Nutanix Prism is build from the ground up in HTML5. It is a management framework that simplifies the user experience. Within the Prism UI a user can view information in organized manor on system and VM information. With a tile based interface a customer can drill down into information on server, storage and network operations. with the Prism API, Nutanix provides a customer an easy way to explore the scripts needed to maintain and monitor the Nutanix environment even further.

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75 new and updatet features in NOS 3.5

In the NOS 3.5 release Nutanix included a Site Recovery Agent for VMware SRM. VMware VAAI support and and extension of compression for the native Nutanix Disaster Recovery feature and so on…

For more infromation visit the Nutanix website, and make sure to visit Nutanix at VMworld in San Francisco (Booth 1521)

The Nutanix Platform Professional certificate

Never heard of Nutanix??? It’s time to get out from under your rock and look at the product that’s changing the Datacenter.

I first heard about Nutanix while listening in on the Techfieldday 8 session in 2011 and later at Storage Field Day 2 in San Jose (CA) I was very impressed with the capabilties offered by Nutanix. I’ll share the videolinks’s here:

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Nutanix at Tech Field Day VMworld 2012

Since the Nutanix EMEA team (Ides Van Neuville, Dirk Marichal, Jan Ursi, Patrick van de Werken and Raymon Epping) started, and the team got traction by organizing the Star Trek: Into the Darkness launch. Nutanix and ITQ became partners. And because I work for a Nutanix partner I was invited to follow a two day Nutanix Training in Brussels.

Meghan Myers was our teacher during the NOS 3.0.3 Administration Course, where we walked through the coursebook and had the oppertunity to use two Nutanix NX 2000 series blocks for practice. It was a great training providing the information needed to help the companies build their own Nutanix environment.

It took a couple of weeks before I was provided with a link to certify myself as a Nutanix Platform Professional, but the website was a great resource. The training we had in Brussels on those two days was available online also and could be watched in an online viewer. After watching some of the training again, I was convident enough to do the exam that excists of 50 multiple choice questions in the following categories:

1. About Nutanix Complete Cluster
2. Cluster Management
3. Configuring the Cluster
4. vSphere Integration
5. Concluding the Installation
6. VDI Best Practices
7. Backup and Recovery
8. Cluster Architecture
9. Failure Scenarios
10. Cluster Maintenance
11. Monitoring and Troubleshooting

The quality of the exam was good, and my final score was 88% (passing score is 80%). For a startup Nutanix is one of those companies providing a great knowledge base and experience, which are needed to revolutionize the Datacenter.