Nutanix and .NEXT what was all the fuzz about ?


For those wandering on social media and saw some fuzz about .NEXT conference from Nutanix and wondering what that was all about, let me enlighten you.

Nutanix which is become a well known player in the hyperconverged has their first user confernce this week in Miami and has some spectacular announcements.

Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform:

Which consists of two product familieis, Prism which is the management software and Acropolis which in essence is the core of the Nutanix fabric.

Now Acropolis consist of two things, the core fabric and the Acropolis Hypervisor, which is a custom built Hypervisor which built upon KVM. Now Nutanix has a point they want to go foward with, virtualization and storage should be invisible, which in essence is the same message that our public cloud providers are pushing out, it should just be resources and you should be able to stack them as you want (basically like lego bricks)image

So one of the coolest features I’ve ever seen was their App Mobility Fabric which is part of Acropolis. Which in essence is next generation live migration, which allows for migration of VMs between hypervisors, you can see it here (https://youtu.be/xgMNntngDeA?t=2606)

which is a one-click conversion!

they are also coming with a new build for their Controller OS –> http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=7144 and if you want to read more about Acropolis and capabilities in the current build you can read more here –> http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=7086

this video also goes trough some of the capabilities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIltTlQf3Qc

So who is tagging along with this ?

Dell which has their own OEM version which is known as XC-series posted a blog about the upcoming features and the release of GPU based series –> http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/dell4enterprise/b/dell4enterprise/archive/2015/06/09/the-dell-xc-series-train-rolls-on-with-new-offerings-that-expand-workload-possibilities

Citrix also tagged along, writing about the partnership and integrations with Nutanix –> http://blogs.citrix.com/2015/06/09/nutanix-citrix-delivering-end-to-end-validated-solutions-for-a-hyper-converged-world/

and of course Microsoft where Vijay Tewari (Which is the PM for the CPS solution as well as Private Cloud solution at Microsoft, who was one of the keynote speakers at the event. Also showing that Nutanix and Hyper-V are gaining traction –> http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2015/06/10/microsoft-and-nutanix.aspx

They also announced some new capabilities with Microsoft –> http://www.nutanix.com/2015/06/10/momentum-with-microsoft-nutanix-announces-significant-achievements-with-hybrid-cloud-and-enterprise-applications-at-next/

  • Connectivity to Microsoft Azure for backup
  • Microsoft-supported in-guest iSCSI storage adapter for Exchange Server on vSphere
  • Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor validated for Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program

So you want to test this out ? Well you can now, since the Nutanix Community Edition is now free and you can download it here –> http://www.nutanix.com/products/community-edition/

I’ve been so lucky to been part of the Community beta and I can say it works really well, and with this announcements I now why it only works with KVM Smilefjes

and don’t worry you can run it nested if you want to try it out without getting the required hardware –> http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl/2015/06/nextconf-running-nutanix-community-edition-nested-on-fusion/

So will you tag along ?

(So on a side note, I asked them what type of stuff they are giving their developers ? )

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