.Next 2016: Don’t leave behind Baremetal Workloads

Presenters: Mike McGhee (NTX), Tabrez Memon (NTX), Tim Issaacs (NTX)

Why bare metal? Oracle Licensing, performance perception, Legacy apps (Sun, IBM, HPUX), investment protection

High Performance Databases – a few times you might not virtualize

  • Licensing cost
  • Virtualized limits for max DB (SAP HANA, etc.)

3-tier applications

  •  Run your 3-tier app entirely on Nutanix
  • Nutanix can run VMs plus block storage

How ABS (Acropolis block services) works:

  • Serve block storage via iSCSI to physical servers
  • Eliminates the need for iSCSI MPIO
  • Client intervention not required when the cluster scales out
  • Inherits all Nutanix features
  • Run VMs while serving external storage

First release RHEL 6, Windows Server 2012 R2, Oracle 6. On the road map is support for other OSes including ESXi (~3 months).

iSCSI supports SCSI-3 persistent reservations for clustered volumes

Evenly balances I/O across all cluster nodes

Tabrez goes into a deep dive of how we negate the need for client MPIO. Basically we hide all the complexity using various iSCSI commands like virtual targets, iSCSI redirection, etc.

You can create a ABS sub-group, and limit the iSCSI connections to a subset of the cluster nodes.

All data reduction features are supported (compression, dedupe, ECX), thin provisioning, SCSI UNMAP, CHAP authentication

Use cases:

  • Exchange + iSCSI Clustering
  • Shared storage clustering
  • MS SQL Clustering
  • Oracle RAC
  • Bare metal
  • scale-up performance

.Next 2016: Business Continuity for Tier-1 Apps

Presenters: Partha R (NTX), Mike McGhee (NTX), Ryan Sheldon (AMGEN)

Tier-1 apps are different for different customers. Could be ERP, EPOS, email, etc.

Need to be prepared for the worst: IT Productivity, recovery, end-user productivity, business disruption, lost revenue, etc.

Data protection requirements: RPO, RTO

Understand consistency: Application consistency (e.g. VSS). Most beneficial in the context of backup and restore.

Technologies: Application (Exchange DAGs, SQL AAGs, Oracle Dataguard), Hypervisor (hyper-v replica, vsphere replication), storage (infrastructure centric, Nutanix Data Protection)

What am I protecting? Application dependencies? One or multiple methods? How frequently do you backup and replicate? Sync vs. async?

Where does Nutanix native replication fit in?

Timestream – RTO of minutes, RPO of minutes

Cloudconnect – RTO hours, RPO hours

Async replication – RTO minutes, RPO minutes

Sync replication – RTO near-zero, RPO zero

Nutanix Local Snapshot (Time stream)

  • Protection against guest os corruption
  • Snapshot of VM environments
  • VM or vdisk granularity
  • Low performance impact
  • VM and application level consistency

Nutanix Async Replication

  • Delta changes
  • Dedupe on the wire
  • Compression on the wire
  • Flexible topologies
  • Bandwidth schedules

Nutanix Cloud Connect

  • Hybrid cloud solution from Nutanix
  • Integration with Azure and AWS
  • For archiving and backup
  • Easy to setup and manage
  • WAN optimized replication
  • Interop with Nutanix DR

Volume Groups with Async Replication

  • Exchange + iSCSI
  • MS SQL Clustering
  • Oracle RAC
  • Bare Metal

Consistency options: VSS

  • VMware Tools or Nutanix guest tools
  • Pre and post scripts for Linux

Consistency options: Consistency Groups

  • For a group of VMs and a consistent restart point


Manufacturing is key. They leverage Metro availability to provide high uptime. Customer set it up in about 10 minutes. With MA they can converge services like DNS, DHCP, etc. and save on licensing costs.


What’s next: Metro Availability Witness coming out in Asterisk, which will automate site-failover.

.Next 2016: Day 1 First General Session

Here we are, at the second Nutanix .Next conference! Last year it was in beautiful Miami, and this year it’s in hot Las Vegas. I’m not sure which is hotter, the weather or our announcements. Like last year, this event is sold out and more than double the size! I’ll be live blogging the sessions that I’m attending this year. As always, then are real-time notes and don’t have time to take slide photos and insert them in the blog posts. But I try and capture the essence of each session

All of the attending Nutanix NTCs are lined up on stage and several of them do introductions.

Howard Ting takes stage.

In our first year we expected 500 to 700 attendees, we ended up over 960 people. This year the goal was 2000, and our registration total is 2,500.

Howard covers some of our great customers, such as airlines that run critical airline operations, a company that prints billions of coupons on Nutanix, or hospitals running critical operations on Nutanix. “You’ll love Nutanix”. “Love” is not a word you hear much about IT infrastructure. Nutanix is on a journey to build the enterprise cloud. In reality, only 7% of companies have built a true private cloud. Most think they have just by virtualizing.

Nutanix: Enterprise  Cloud Platform

Dheeraj Pandey (CEO/Founder) takes the stage

The Growth Paradox: Most executives cite internal factors, not market forces, for what slows growth.

Founder’s mentality: Insurgent mission, owner mindset, obsession with the front line

Ambition, Attention-to-detail

One click upgrades: One click mover

Dheeraj talks about Community Edition and brings Richardarsenian on stage. They show off a drone which has Nutanix community edition running and controlling it.

DataGravity: Data driven security

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Sunil Potti takes the stage

Nutanix wants to be the AWS for the enterprise – Enterprise cloud platform on my terms

Shipping very shortly  will be v4.7 and Asterix

Within one week of the 4.6 release, 500 clusters were upgraded. After 100 days, nearly 50% of all clusters were upgraded.

We support: Mainstream virtual apps, now all virtual apps,

Sunil shows a performance graph, where customers got a 4x improvement for free just via software upgrades.

For Broadwell servers all models now support all flash configurations. Or hybrid, your choice.

Michael Tempora from Vonage comes on stage. They are rapidly expanding into the business VoIP sector. Vonage cloud platform is powered by Nutanix.

Why stop a virtual workloads? Nutanix now supports bare metal via Acropolis Block Services featured in 4.7. Run 3 tier apps entirely on Nutanix. 200,000 random Oracle IOs in 2U.

Demos Citrix on AHV with MCS integration and Acropolis File Services (AFS). They also show the cluster running heavy SQL loads, plus bare metal Oracle workloads using ABS. The true power of a unified fabric.

15% of Nutanix clusters now running AHV

Jake Yang, Nasdaq Global Infrastructure director. Believes the hypervisor is now a commodity. Big adoption of AHV.

New: Acropolis Container Services. A native container platform, Docker support, persistent portable storage volumes.

One click upgrades: BIOS, BMC, Storage controller, disks, hypervisor, AOS, NCC, Foundation

Asterisk: 1-click self-service. Shows a demo of the new “Self-Service” tab in PRISM.

On demand Nutanix Community Edition: Can launch a public cloud hosted CE cluster and use for free for 2 hours.

Asterisk: You will no longer need to login to vCenter to manage ESXi. PRISM will support multi-hypervisor support.

T-Mobile’s Kevin Luu, Sr. Director Infrastructure and DevOps to talk Nutanix.

AOS 4.7: Microsoft CPS on Nutanix. Factory installed, deployed in hours, 1 click upgrades, full stack support from Nutanix.

Clutter-free organization: New filtering, labels, and great new search features

Machine intelligence: X Fit algorithms, Predictive workload scheduler, just in time forecasting. Recommends new hardware based on predicted capability.

Asterisk: Visualization of the network. An all new network view coming to PRISM.