I recently attended the Nutanix .NEXT 2016 conference which was held at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Thank you to Nutanix for covering the cost of the conference pass and my T&E. It was very much appreciated.
The entire event was very well executed and was an enjoyable experience. The energy and vibe of the attendees was palpable and everyone I met was passionate about the Nutanix eco-system and the event announcements. My first VMworld was in 2013, but I can imagine that the early days of VMworld had a similar energy, when VMware had a laser focus on their core expertise.
Some of the cool stuff I participated in during the 2 day event:
- Nutanix .NEXT 2016 On-stage Kickoff with NTCs
- SiliconAngle theCube interview with Chris Skinner about the NPX Program with Stu Miniman and Dave Vellante
The major announcements by Nutanix indicate they are focusing on Enterprise Cloud for the next few years. Their evolution has tracked from Software-Defined Storage (2009 – 2013) to the Acropolis Hypervisor/Application Mobility Fabric (2014 – 2016) and now to Enterprise Cloud (2016 – 2017). It is very clear to me that they want to provide a turn-key cloud-native application reference architecture for their customers that has the simplest user experience to run complex systems, whilst still supporting legacy applications.
Up until now, their release rate has been three major functional releases per year, which is difficult for technologists and customers to track and keep up with. I would expect that to reduce to two per year.
Some of the announcements below relate to extending the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric to legacy systems for the reduction of complexity and cost in the Enterprise Data Center.
Here is a summary of their technology announcements, with links to the detailed blog posts of Josh Odgers:
- Self-Service Restore via Nutanix Guest Tools
- Acropolis Block Services
- Enhanced and Adaptive Compression
- Prism UI for AHV Network Configuration
- Witness for Metro Availability
- Any Node can be Storage Only
- VM Affinity/Anti-Affinity/Host Rules
- Acropolis File Services
- All-Flash configuration for all node types
- Acropolis Container Services
- ESXi Management from PRISM
- Acropolis 4.7 and Asterix features overview by Andre Leibovici