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Nutanix Announces Free Hyperconverged Software: Community Edition

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

In an effort to spread the web-scale, hyperconverged infrastructure goodness, Nutanix is launching a free public beta of its new Community Edition software. The no-SLA, non-production, limited scale product is designed for up to four servers and is ideal for testing and getting familiar with the technology.

Now, IT professionals and developers who don't have access to the technology can take advantage of this community-supported release to learn about hyperconverged tech that powers Nutanix appliances. The Community Edition is ideal for technology bloggers, evangelists, students, researchers and others who otherwise would not have a chance to work with the Nutanix operating system.

The software-only product is fully featured, including all of the bells and whistles of Nutanix's paid product. What's more, product updates will be available through the Prism UI, just as it is with Nutanix OS. The hardware piece is separate, and can be built by users.

Nutanix is offering a hardware compatibility list (HCL) to users that includes the minimum requirements to run the software; essentially, any standard x86 server can be used, including options from Cisco, Dell, HP, Lenovo and others, and users have options to reuse existing hardware, as well. Once the hardware is in place, the free software can be deployed in under one hour, enabling a complete hyperconverged infrastructure environment.

"From our very first software release in 2012, Nutanix has been dedicated to open architectures and technologies, offering unprecedented customer choice and flexibility," said Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder and CEO of Nutanix. "Community Edition is the next step in democratizing hyperconverged infrastructure technology, enabling anyone to experience the transformative benefits of our software. Only by eliminating the requirement for proprietary hardware and embracing off-the-shelf platforms can the next revolution of datacenter technologies be fully realized."

As the name implies, the support for the Community Edition will come from the community through Nutanix's NEXT online portal. Users will be able to log in, ask questions and get answers from the community.

The Community Edition will be available as a public beta on June 8, 2015, coinciding with the company's NEXT User Conference. For more information and to sign up now, visit nutanix.com/communityedition.

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