Enterprise branch offices, as well as small to mid-sized corporations typically lack the specialized IT resources needed to manage traditional datacenter platforms built with separate servers, storage arrays and networking. In addition, CAPEX and OPEX budgets are constrained while space and power footprints are often limited.
Nutanix offers a simple to manage, turnkey solution bringing converged infrastructure within reach for these environments. The Nutanix platform features a flatter datacenter architecture that eliminates the need for centralized SAN/NAS storage, thereby dramatically reducing cost and IT complexity while simplifying management. Every Virtual Computing Platform by Nutanix comes fully configured to start provisioning VMs right out of the box and is deployable in less than 30 minutes. In addition, Nutanix delivers up to 80 percent space and power savings compared to alternative
The Nutanix solution offers a rich enterprise feature set. Software-based storage controller technology coupled with advanced information lifecycle management (ILM) capabilities such as flash-enabled data tiering and performance-optimized data compression provides a single platform that is ideal for powering any branch office services, including local applications, virtual desktop deployments, file and print services, DHCP and DNS services, WAN optimization controllers and security-focused virtual appliances.
Turnkey solution: Compute and storage natively converged in a single 2U appliance with pre-installed software runs any virtual workloads common in mid-sized corporations, enterprise branch offices and retail stores
Simple management: Single pane of glass management interface streamlines management and IT resource requirements
Business continuity: Pre-installed replication and back-up software automatically protects VM-specific data
Reduced infrastructure needs: Flexibility to use typical branch office power and networking infrastructure (110 volt and1 Ethernet) to reduce deployment costs
Affordable: Nutanix offers specific platforms providing the appropriate compute and storage resources for an affordable entry point
Nutanix’s turnkey infrastructure adds virtual desktops and virtual applications to any device, including tablets and smartphones. The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is a plug-and-play appliance that comes ready to run VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, and XenApp.
It radically simplifies virtualization projects at a fraction of the cost. By integrating server (compute) resources with enterprise-class storage, Nutanix delivers a single-box solution that powers a full VDI environment. And, it’s deployable in 30 minutes or less.
The Nutanix architecture enables a single cluster to scale easily to meet the needs of almost any size business. You can start with 50 to 100 users for a limited VDI rollout, and later ramp up to tens of thousands of users within the same environment.
The Nutanix platform supports any existing virtual desktop or end-user computing scenario. Whether you have persistent desktops that are customized for knowledge workers or shared hosted virtual desktops (HVD) for a general workforce, Nutanix provides the right resources in a single-box solution.
Out-of-the-box deployment: Start provisioning VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop in less than 30 minutes, without specialized training.
Simple scale out: When your system needs to support more VDI users, you can add Nutanix nodes seamlessly and dynamically with no disruption to the production environment.
Lower costs: Dramatically lower VDI deployment costs by eliminating complex and costly storage area networks (SANs).
Single platform: All VDI services, including connection servers and session brokers, run adjacent to each other on the same Nutanix platform.
Full VDI support: Nutanix supports advanced VDI functionality, including VMware features such as vStorage API for Array integration (VAAI).
Unparalled performance: A single 2U Nutanix appliance delivers enough performance and storage capacity to power up to 400 virtual desktops.
Eliminate infrastructure over-provisioning: You don’t have to overprovision storage resources just to ensure top-notch VDI performance. Nutanix QuickClone functionality lets you rapidly provision virtual desktops as you need them.
The amount of data generated in businesses is growing exponentially. From business transactions and customer interactions to web-log tracking, data accumulates at an unrelenting pace. Turning that data into information and actionable insights is a challenge for traditional databases, which are generally hard to scale up to tera- or petabyte levels.
Hadoop addresses this “big data” challenge by delivering open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing, and data processing. It provides a powerful software library that uses a simple programming model to enable distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of nodes. It scales up from a single node to thousands of nodes, each offering local computation and storage.
The first question that most IT teams face when they implement Hadoop is whether to run the system on bare metal, or to virtualize the environment. The state-of-the-art converged architectures that are now available make a compelling argument for the benefits of virtualizing Hadoop installations.
The case for virtualizing Hadoop
Superior hardware utilization: Bare-metal Hadoop deployments average only 10 to 20 percent CPU utilization, which wastes hardware resources and datacenter space. Virtualizing Hadoop uses the hardware far more effectively and provides more flexibility.
Dynamic addition and removal of Hadoop nodes: Changes based on load allow you to scale according to your current needs, without having to anticipate future demands.
Sandbox workloads: Hadoop installations can co-exist with enterprise applications in the same environment.
Batch scheduling and stacked workloads: Hadoop jobs can run during off-peak hours, taking advantage of idle night and weekend hours. Or, VMware’s resource-pooling capabilities can run workloads concurrently.
Reduced footprint: Nutanix uses a hyper-scale server architecture that reduces Hadoop hardware footprints by up to 4x.
Fast performance: You can process up to 2,000 MB/s of sequential throughput in a compact 2U appliance. (A TeraSort benchmark yields 250 MB/s in the same 2U form factor.) ILM ensures that data is localized for the lowest possible latency. Heat-optimized tiering (HOT) archives inactive or older data that is not heavily used and automatically moves it back up the tiers when the system detects more call for it.
No single point of failure; high availability: NameNode in the Hadoop Distributed FileSystem is a single point of failure. Nutanix removes this failure potential with built-in high availability and replication features to secure all pieces of Hadoop data.
Advanced change management: Nutanix maintains environmental control and separation between development, test, staging, and production environments.
Capacity optimization: Nutanix snapshots and QuickClones help share production data with non-production jobs, without requiring full copies and unnecessary data duplication.
Time-sliced clusters: Nutanix allows you to run your server and desktop virtualization service adjacent with Hadoop on a single converged cloud.
Unified data platform: You can run multiple data-processing platforms simultaneously with Hadoop.
A private cloud offers the simplicity and flexibility of a public cloud within the confines of the enterprise datacenter. A hallmark of private-cloud environments is virtualization, which uses resources effectively and increases overall IT agility.
Nutanix provides a scalable and modular building block for enterprise private clouds of any size. The Nutanix solution converges storage and server (compute) resources into a single appliance to run any type of virtual workload with the best performance.
Pooled datacenter resources: As a next-generation converged platform, Nutanix delivers server resources, storage performance, and capacity on-demand. By pooling resources across all nodes and making them available in real time to any VM, Nutanix helps break down traditional datacenter silos. Nutanix next-gen convergence brings true elasticity to a private cloud infrastructure.
Self-service: Private clouds must be able to quickly and easily provision new services. With Nutanix, development and test engineers working in a Nutanix private cloud can rapidly “spin up” new virtual machines with VM-dedicated storage resources using an intuitive management console. Nutanix streamlines the provisioning of new applications or workloads by reducing the manual coordination among groups that traditional datacenter operations require.
Pay-as-you-grow scalability: You can add Nutanix appliances and individual nodes to existing clusters to increase capacity incrementally. That way, you can precisely meet business and datacenter demands. This modular scalability enables a truly agile and efficient virtual datacenter. It eliminates the need to overprovision simply to ensure necessary capacity and performance for the future.
Virtualization-friendly: The Nutanix architecture is completely hypervisor agnostic, and can run multiple virtualization technologies simultaneously. This built-in flexibility allows you to avoid being locked into a single virtualization vendor, and provides the ability to run mixed workloads in a single private-cloud environment.
Simplifying DR strategies
Implementing a disaster-recovery site can be complex, time-consuming, and expensive. A key challenge is predicting the amount of storage capacity that will satisfy the future needs of the organization. Another common obstacle is system upgrades: Many traditional DR deployments rely on rigid hardware-based architectures that are expensive and involve unnecessary downtime.
When you plan a DR site, you need the right technologies to ensure seamless integration with existing systems to minimize costs, reduce deployment time, and eliminate downtime. You also need the simplicity of managing DR policies that are purpose-built for virtual environments.
Deploying the Nutanix all-in-one DR solution
Nutanix provides a complete DR solution for virtual datacenters. With integrated functionality from converged backups and recovery to remote site replication, Nutanix eliminates costly third-party tools. DR capabilities are engineered for easy VM management, and the solution includes built-in run-book automation. You can replicate data from any primary site to a Nutanix cluster to provide organizations with full DR capabilities.
Efficient VM-centric backup and recovery: The Nutanix platform delivers true VM-centric backup, recovery, and replication capabilities. Unlike traditional solutions that perform backups and recovery at the LUN-level, Nutanix provides DR functions at the VM and file level for efficiency and simplicity. VMs and data remain safe in a crash-consistent environment, giving you RPO flexibility. The Nutanix solution also operates at the sub-block level for the highest granularity and most efficient space savings.
Flexibility of many-to-many replication: The Nutanix DR and replication solution gives the IT administrator ultimate flexibility. By allowing many-to-many replication, Nutanix breaks the bounds set by traditional site-to-site replication solutions. Administrator-dictated replication and recovery plans replace the constraints of legacy replication platforms. Sub-block-level change transfers enable the highest possible replication performance and efficiency and greatly reduce the load on the WAN and decreasing RTOs.
Scalability with zero downtime: As a software-defined platform, Nutanix delivers new features and upgrades via software, with no disruption to operations. You don’t have to put up with hardware refresh cycles for feature enhancements.