#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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Nutanix .NEXT 2017 US registration is now open

nextconference Registration for Nutanix .NEXT 2017 in the US is now open. It will be held from 28 – 30 June, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Last year I really enjoyed Nutanix .NEXT 2016, it was a well organised event and I had some great conversations and was able to catch-up with the vCommunity.

I booked my trip last week and I will probably be there earlier that week to complete my NPX Panelist trainee requirements with the mid-year NPX Defences (date not finalised). Look forward to seeing you all there!

Cisco UCS now supports Nutanix

vcdx133 Today Nutanix and Cisco have announced their support of the Nutanix Acropolis software solution on the Cisco UCS platform (C-series only).  This is not an OEM deal, but a “Meet in the Channel” deal, where the partner is responsible for building and configuring the platform at the customer site.

The sorry story of Cisco’s foray into the storage market is pretty woeful with Whiptail and Springpath.  It is good to see them making a great storage decision for once.  Albeit, Nutanix is more than Software-Defined Storage now with their Enterprise Cloud vision.

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NPX – Design Exercise (Nutanix Design)

vcdx133 The NPX Design Review (NDR) has a 60 minute “Design Exercise” where the NDR Examiners present a design scenario with a set of business requirements and constraints that you need to address.  This post is an enhancement of the design strategy I developed for VCDX and tailored for NPX and Nutanix XCP design.

The NDR Examiners are playing the role of a “customer”, with minimal training and knowledge of the platform, and the NPX candidate is the “expert” driving the logical design for the solution.

This post is written with an ESXi and AHV focus (clearly understand what AHV is capable of), Hyper-V is not covered at all.

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NPX – Hands-on Exercise (Nutanix Troubleshooting)

vcdx133 The NPX Design Review (NDR) has a 30 minute “Hands-on Exercise” where the NDR Examiners present an issue with a live system that you need to resolve.  This post is an enhancement of the troubleshooting strategy I developed for VCDX and tailored for NPX and Nutanix XCP troubleshooting.

The NDR Examiners are the only ones with access to the live environment, so you need to talk them through what interfaces and screens to access.  They are playing the role of a “customer”, with minimal training and knowledge of the platform, and the NPX candidate is the “expert” driving the resolution.

This post is written with an ESXi and AHV focus, Hyper-V is not covered at all.

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