Repurposing used XtremIO X-Brick

vcdx133 Recently we consolidated our labs at RoundTower and I re-purposed an XtremIO X-Brick into the Cincinnati Demonstration Lab. I figured it was going to be very easy, execute the “reset to factory defaults” command and off I go. You will not be surprised to hear, it was a little more complicated than that.

This post explains how to recover/re-purpose the X-Brick to a point where it is ready to provide storage services.

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#Nutanix #NEXTConf 2017 US Announcements

vcdx133 Today Nutanix announced three major products: Xi Cloud Services, Calm and Xtract.

Nutanix Xi Cloud Services

  • Native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.
  • This is a hybrid cloud play, not a public cloud play.
  • Xi DRaaS is the first service to be offered.
  • Initial service locations (4): Oakland and Santa Clara, CA and Ashburn, VA (2).
  • Nutanix is using Co-location with NX infrastructure to provide Xi Cloud Services. In the future GCP will provide Xi Cloud Services as well.
  • Targeting SMB and large-Enterprise ROBO customers.
  • Early Access Q4 2017, GA Q1 2018.

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Comtrade releases HYCU Data Protection for Nutanix AHV

vcdx133 Today, Comtrade Software has released version 1.0 of their HYCU (pronounced “Haiku” – yes, as in Japanese poetry) data protection solution that integrates natively with Nutanix AHV. I watched their demo and it does seem very easy to use and feature rich.

Currently, the only other options for Nutanix AHV Data Protection are CommVault IntelliSnap and the native Snapshot and Async-DR features of AHV. It also looks like Rubrik recently introduced support for Nutanix AHV as well with Rubrik Alta.

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Nutanix partners with IBM for non-x86 HCI

Nutanix has partnered with IBM to bring their Enterprise Cloud Platform software to the IBM Power System eco-system by supporting Acropolis and AHV on IBM OpenPOWER LC server hardware.

For those of you that wrestle with the transformation of non-x86 to x86 platforms, you will appreciate how this will simplify the consolidation process. In particular, this will allow you to simplify from an Application Transformation, Database or Guest OS migration to a Hypervisor/Hardware Migration. Which reduces risk, complexity, timeline and cost. The diagram below illustrates an example of non-x86 to x86 transformation.

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Turbonomic Technical Poster

vcdx133 Turbonomic and RoundTower Technologies are collaborating on a series of “Powered by Turbonomic” Reference Architecture and Best Practice Guide white papers.

Eric Wright and myself worked together on producing the Turbonomic Technical Poster. Click on the link to download. Any feedback or questions you may have are welcomed. You will also be able to collect your hardcopy from the Turbonomic boot at industry events such as VMworld.

Previously, we also collaborated on a Turbonomic Reference Architecture for VMware vSphere.