I get this question all the time – “Hey René, you are an expert on VMware, why do you bother with Nutanix?” or vice-versa, depending upon whether I am talking to a VMware or Nutanix employee.
And my answer is, “Well it depends upon the customer requirements, both vendors have great solutions.” Let me elaborate, generally speaking both companies have the following attributes:
- Extensive product eco-system that is getting broader and deeper each year
- Broad support for third party vendors
- Loads of nerd knobs exposed for complex use-cases
- Rolls Royce of software and features
- Likes to lead by acquisition
- VMware is over 20 years old
- An obsessive focus on simplicity
- Second to none customer support
- Great choice for simple use-cases
- Likes to build from the ground up
- Nutanix is 10 years old
In summary, my advice to customers is this: If you have very simple use-cases, you care about vendor support and you want things to work with the minimum of fuss, then Nutanix with AHV should be on your list. If you have complicated use-cases, your infrastructure team loves fiddling with software settings and you have a broad range of third party integrations into the hypervisor, then VMware is the way to go. Both companies have a vision that they are currently executing and will deliver working solutions, it just comes down to what the customer is trying to achieve.
The Nutanix XLAB licensing for Partners feature in Nutanix Support is now live. Why should you care if you are a Nutanix Partner?
Up until now, Nutanix Partners could consume Nutanix software in four ways:
- Community Edition – crowd-sourced support, used for functional demonstrations and learning, available to everyone, runs with AHV only and you supply the hardware (no HCL, cross your fingers and pray).
- Nutanix Demo environment – ready built, limited use-cases, demonstration only, shared environment consumed as a service (similar to VMware HOL), available to all partners.
- NFR (Not For Resale) – includes support, heavily discounted software, including NX hardware if needed, available to all partners.
- MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) – loaner hardware tied to sales objectives for a fixed period of time and must be returned to Nutanix at the end, licensing and support is not included, all partners can apply.
Now we have a fifth option, XLAB:
- Gives you access to Acropolis Ultimate, Prism Pro, Flow, Calm, Files, Era and Buckets licensing.
- Depending upon your Partner level, the quantities allowed vary (Master, Scaler or Authorized Distributor).
- Partner provides the hardware: Nutanix NX, HPE DX, HPE, Cisco, Dell-EMC PowerEdge or OEM (Dell-EMC XC Core or Lenovo HX).
- Allows you to run all supported hypervisors.
- No support provided.
- Gives you the ability to run PoCs in your own lab including performance testing (before you would have to use an official PoC request – which takes time, or use NFR/MOU hardware).
How do you access XLAB? Easy:
- Login to my.nutanix.com
- Select the Support Portal
- Go to My Products, Licensing
- Expand the XLab Licenses section
- Select Manage Licenses to start the Cluster File upload process and generate the License File for the cluster
Since October last year, RoundTower Technologies has been collaborating with Nutanix on the First Edition of “The Nutanix Design Guide”. This book was written to explain the “Why?” of Nutanix and to present a 40,000ft view of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud eco-system. This book has something for everyone, even if you have just been introduced to Nutanix or are an experienced Nutant. At 264 pages, this tome has a pleasing weight, when held in your hand.
It was a community effort, with Angelo Luciani and myself as co-editors/co-authors and 15 other Nutants authoring content (including 6 NPXs) to complete the final book. Dheeraj Pandey was also kind enough to write the Foreword. We are incredibly proud of the final product which included hundreds of hours of collective effort. Listen to this Nutanix Podcast Episode to hear more.
How do you get a copy?
Easy, a physical copy will be provided at strategic locations around the event when you attend Nutanix .NEXT US in Anaheim (there will be a book signing on the Wednesday with Dheeraj and team) or contact your Nutanix/RoundTower Account Executive for a copy.
DOWNLOAD THE NUTANIX DESIGN GUIDE – FIRST EDITION PDF
You are most welcome! We hope you find value and enjoy reading it.
The Nutanix Test Drive environment has been revamped with a new look and feel. Gone is the Community Edition running on Ravello, it now uses the latest version of AOS and runs on GCP. There is also a helpful interactive storyboard that takes you through the Prism UI, which is great if this is your first time with Nutanix.
To access Test Drive:
- Visit the Nutanix Test Drive page
- Enter your details and press “Launch Test Drive”
- Take note of the admin credentials and press “Start Test Drive”
- Accept any SSL warnings and the Prism UI will appear
- Follow the Interactive Demo prompts to learn the Prism UI
- This instance is available to you for 2 hours
- Test Drive only covers Prism Element, the advanced features of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud are not included