Nutanix Launches Updated Intelligent Software, Hyper-V Preview

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Nutanix has introduced the latest version of its intelligent software, Nutanix OS (NOS) 3.5. The update features more than 75 additional enhancements including the extension of compression to the native Nutanix Disaster Recovery feature, and the introduction of a Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Nutanix also launched a technology preview of its support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012.

According to the company, Nutanix OS 3.5 now includes the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine (NEDE), a deduplication technology that accelerates application performance and increases effective storage capacity for virtual datacenters. The company claims NEDE is the first deduplication technology to span memory, flash, and hard disk drive (HDD) resources simultaneously in any storage offering or converged infrastructure platform. The engine is also built specifically for scale-out architectures, Nutanix said.

"The Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine continuously analyzes read I/O access patterns and granularly de-duplicates data to deliver the highest possible performance and to maximize effective storage capacity," the company said. "For applications with large working sets, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, the technology increases effective flash and memory resources by up to 10x and delivers nearly instantaneous application response times."

The new NOS 3.5 release also introduces a management framework called Nutanix Prism that provides a completely new single-pane graphical user interface (UI) to simplify the overall experience. All system and VM information is organized and presented to facilitate easy access whereas touch points provide an at-a-glance view of server, storage and network operations to eliminate unnecessary multi-screen searching. The new interface is also built from the ground up using HTML5 to support nearly any device.

"Additional enhancements include a simpler workflow for setting up native disaster recovery (DR) environments, comprehensive monitoring and built-in analytics for event correlation to simplify and streamline troubleshooting," the company said. "Also, Prism includes a programmatic REST-based API for seamless integration with third-party cloud management systems such as OpenStack, and support custom-built enterprise management tools."

Nutanix OS 3.5 is now available at no cost to all Nutanix customers with current maintenance agreements.

As for the company's technology preview of its support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012, Nutanix said the preview includes support for the Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol 3.0 used for providing shared access to files between nodes on a Windows-based network. A Nutanix cluster can be managed by the new Prism UI, regardless of the underlying hypervisor, so there's no need to learn additional management tools in a multi-hypervisor scenario.

The Nutanix tech preview for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 is available immediately for evaluations. General availability production support will be delivered toward the end of calendar 2013, the company said. Customers interested in the preview are encouraged to contact their authorized Nutanix reseller, or contact the sales department by email.

Images courtesy of Nutanix.

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