Click here to close now.

Welcome!

MICROSERVICES Authors: John Wetherill, Jason Bloomberg, Carmen Gonzalez, Lori MacVittie, David Sprott

Related Topics: Cloud Expo, Java, MICROSERVICES, Open Source, Virtualization, Apache

Cloud Expo: Article

Nutanix Fields Next-Gen Software-Defined Data Center Widgetry

Nutanix claims to be the first to deliver RAID, high availability, snapshots and clones at the VM-level

Nutanix, a cloud hardware start-up that's offering a hybrid scale-out compute-cum-storage appliance backed by $72 million in VC funding only half of which is reportedly spent, has put out next-generation software-defined data center products.

It's updating its server hardware and its software to deal with divergent workloads. It's going to a quad-node box made by Quanta and should be able to support 400 VMs per chassis, up from 300.

It's got VM-centric disaster recovery, adaptive compression and a new highly configurable hardware platform. The widgetry includes Nutanix OS 3.0 and NX-3000 series hardware. It's supposed to help enterprises build next-generation software-defined data centers.

Besides VM-level disaster recovery and adaptive post-process compression, Nutanix OS 3.0 delivers dynamic cluster expansion, rolling software upgrades and support for KVM, its second hypervisor after VMware's.

Its software enhancements, coupled with the configurable NX-3000 series platform, enable flexibility, performance and scalability in enterprise data centers.

With NX-3000, Nutanix delivers a configurable platform in which compute- and storage-heavy nodes co-exist in a single heterogeneous cluster. It includes hardware models that vary in capacity and the number of PCIe-SSDs, SATA SSDs and SATA DDs server nodes.

The nodes can have different CPU cores per socket and variable memory capacities. This allows for independent scaling of compute and storage in a single system that's optimized for every use case and can scale to address evolving business requirements.

The Scale-Out Converged Storage (SOCS) virtual disk controllers that make the Nutanix server cluster into a SAN so compute and storage are on the same cluster and the compute jobs are close to the storage. Nutanix uses Flash

The NX-3000 uses Intel's Sandy Bridge chips - the eight-core E5-2660 processors running at 2.2GHz - and delivers VM density in a 2U form factor.

Nutanix claims to be the first to deliver RAID, high availability, snapshots and clones at the VM-level.

It says it's implemented a highly differentiated VM-centric disaster recovery engine.

The new Nutanix OS 3.0 includes native storage-optimized disaster recovery that enables multi-way, master-master replication supposedly never seen before in traditional storage arrays.

Administrators can configure disaster recovery policies that specify protection domains and consistency groups in primary sites, which can then be replicated to any combination of secondary sites to ensure maximum business resiliency and application performance. And any Nutanix cluster can serve as both a primary and secondary site simultaneously for different protection domains, providing even more flexibility and choice.

Nutanix OS 3.0 is supposed to deliver best-in-class runbook (failover and failback) automation that's hypervisor-agnostic, which means native disaster recovery capabilities are available and consistent regardless of the underlying virtualization platform or management tools.

One of the pillars of the Nutanix solution is a highly efficient MapReduce-based framework that implements information lifecycle management in the cluster to achieve tiering, disk rebuilding and cluster rebalancing.

It's supposedly the first of its kind in the storage industry.

The same framework is being leveraged to deliver adaptive post-process compression of cold data as it migrates to the lower data tiers, so as not to impact the normal IO path.

By leveraging the information lifecycle management capabilities inherent in Nutanix' software, the system dynamically determines which data blocks to compress based on how frequently they're being accessed by the VMs.

Post-process compression is ideal for random or batch workloads and delivers the highest possible overall performance. In addition, Nutanix' OS 3.0 supports basic in-line compression that works as the data is being written, which is better suited for archival and sequential workloads.

The company says, "While our existing storage solutions support compression in general, the granularity of Nutanix compression allows us to set policies at the VM level, ensuring maximum business value and storage utilization,"

With Nutanix OS 3.0, the company is supposed to deliver on its commitment to bring all of its enterprise features to the broadest range of platforms in the industry.

The software, which was designed to be hypervisor-agnostic, will now support KVM and VMware vSphere 5.1.

Regardless of the underlying virtualization platform or management framework, enterprises benefit from all of the capabilities of the Nutanix software.

The KVM hypervisor provides financial flexibility for enterprises and works well in workloads such as Hadoop.

Nutanix OS 3.0 also uses a discovery-based protocol to auto-detect new nodes added to the same network as a cluster, enabling administrators to quickly and easily expand a cluster without incurring any downtime.

In the background, the system will then rebalance the data across the entire storage pool, including the newly added nodes, to provide maximum I/O performance.

The new software also uses software-defined networking tricks to achieve rolling software upgrades in the always-on cluster. Upgrades are delivered in a peer-to-peer framework to enable rapid software upgrades while retaining maximum cluster availability.

The features and capabilities delivered in Nutanix OS 3.0 and NX-3000 are supposed to usher in a new era of business resiliency and data center optimization.

The start-up thinks it's displaced $25 million in server and SAN storage sales and is close to doubling sales every quarter. Its co-founder and CEO Dheeraj Pandey built the first Exadata clusters at Oracle. Co-founder Mohit Aron was chief architect at Aster Data and lead designer of the Google File System that led to Hadoop.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@MicroservicesExpo Stories
It's 2:15pm on a Friday, and I'm sitting in the keynote hall at PyCon 2013 fidgeting through a succession of lightning talks that have very little relevance to my life. Topics like "Python code coverage techniques" (ho-hum) and "Controlling Christmas lights with Python” (yawn - I wonder if there's anything new on Hacker News)...when Solomon Hykes takes the stage, unveils Docker, and the world shifts. If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch the video of Solomon's Pycon The Future of Linux C...
Even though it’s now Microservices Journal, long-time fans of SOA World Magazine can take comfort in the fact that the URL – soa.sys-con.com – remains unchanged. And that’s no mistake, as microservices are really nothing more than a new and improved take on the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) best practices we struggled to hammer out over the last decade. Skeptics, however, might say that this change is nothing more than an exercise in buzzword-hopping. SOA is passé, and now that people are ...
Microservice architectures are the new hotness, even though they aren't really all that different (in principle) from the paradigm described by SOA (which is dead, or not dead, depending on whom you ask). One of the things this decompositional approach to application architecture does is encourage developers and operations (some might even say DevOps) to re-evaluate scaling strategies. In particular, the notion is forwarded that an application should be built to scale and then infrastructure sho...
SYS-CON Events announced today the IoT Bootcamp – Jumpstart Your IoT Strategy, being held June 9–10, 2015, in conjunction with 16th Cloud Expo and Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Javits Center in New York City. This is your chance to jumpstart your IoT strategy. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but includes hands-on demos and walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of Do-It-Yourself IoT platforms including Arduino, Ras...
Microservices are the result of decomposing applications. That may sound a lot like SOA, but SOA was based on an object-oriented (noun) premise; that is, services were built around an object - like a customer - with all the necessary operations (functions) that go along with it. SOA was also founded on a variety of standards (most of them coming out of OASIS) like SOAP, WSDL, XML and UDDI. Microservices have no standards (at least none deriving from a standards body or organization) and can be b...
Right off the bat, Newman advises that we should "think of microservices as a specific approach for SOA in the same way that XP or Scrum are specific approaches for Agile Software development". These analogies are very interesting because my expectation was that microservices is a pattern. So I might infer that microservices is a set of process techniques as opposed to an architectural approach. Yet in the book, Newman clearly includes some elements of concept model and architecture as well as p...
Microservices, for the uninitiated, are essentially the decomposition of applications into multiple services. This decomposition is often based on functional lines, with related functions being grouped together into a service. While this may sound a like SOA, it really isn't, especially given that SOA was an object-centered methodology that focused on creating services around "nouns" like customer and product. Microservices, while certainly capable of being noun-based, are just as likely to be v...
You hear the terms “subscription economy” and “subscription commerce” all the time. And with good reason. Subscription-based monetization is transforming business as we know it. But what about usage? Where’s the “consumption economy”? Turns out, it’s all around us. When most people think of usage-based billing, the example that probably comes to mind first is metered public utilities — water, gas and electric. Phone services, especially mobile, might come next. Then maybe taxis. And that’s ab...
SYS-CON Events announced today the DevOps Foundation Certification Course, being held June ?, 2015, in conjunction with DevOps Summit and 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. This sixteen (16) hour course provides an introduction to DevOps – the cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. Improved workflows will res...
As a group of concepts, DevOps has converged on several prominent themes including continuous software delivery, automation, and configuration management (CM). These integral pieces often form the pillars of an organization’s DevOps efforts, even as other bigger pieces like overarching best practices and guidelines are still being tried and tested. Being that DevOps is a relatively new paradigm - movement - methodology - [insert your own label here], standards around it have yet to be codified a...
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch ...
An explosive combination of technology trends will be where ‘microservices’ and the IoT Internet of Things intersect, a concept we can describe by comparing it with a previous theme, the ‘X Internet.' The idea of using small self-contained application components has been popular since XML Web services began and a distributed computing future of smart fridges and kettles was imagined long back in the early Internet years.
SOA Software has changed its name to Akana. With roots in Web Services and SOA Governance, Akana has established itself as a leader in API Management and is expanding into cloud integration as an alternative to the traditional heavyweight enterprise service bus (ESB). The company recently announced that it achieved more than 90% year-over-year growth. As Akana, the company now addresses the evolution and diversification of SOA, unifying security, management, and DevOps across SOA, APIs, microser...
The 16th Cloud Expo has added coverage containers and microservices to its program for New York, to be held June 9-11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Cloud Expo has long been the single, independent show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud. This year will be no different. Containers are an old concept that saw renewed life with the emergence of Docker in 2013. Then late in 2014, CoreOS shook up the cloud-computing w...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jason Bloomberg, President at Intellyx. When we build services we want them to be lightweight, stateless and scalable while doing one thing really well. In today’s cloud world, we’re revisiting what to takes to make a good service in the first place.microservices Listen in to learn why following “the book” doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re solving key business problems.
Cloud computing is changing the way we look at IT costs, according to industry experts on a recent Cloud Luminary Fireside Chat panel discussion. Enterprise IT, traditionally viewed as a cost center, now plays a central role in the delivery of software-driven goods and services. Therefore, companies need to understand their cloud utilization and resulting costs in order to ensure profitability on their business offerings. Led by Bernard Golden, this fireside chat offers valuable insights on ho...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgenia will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgenia is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between Personal and Professional S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY., and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides private all-in-one social intranets allowing workers to securely collaborate from anywhere in the world and from any device. Social, mobile, and eas...
Exelon Corporation employs technology and process improvements to optimize their IT operations, manage a merger and acquisition transition, and to bring outsourced IT operations back in-house. To learn more about how this leading energy provider in the US, with a family of companies having $23.5 billion in annual revenue, accomplishes these goals we're joined by Jason Thomas, Manager of Service, Asset and Release Management at Exelon. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal A...
This month I want to revisit supporting infrastructure and datacenter environments. I have touched (some would say rant) upon this topic since my post in April 2014 called "Take a Holistic View of Support". My thoughts and views on this topic have not changed at all: it's critical for any organization to have a holistic, comprehensive strategy and view of how they support their IT infrastructure and datacenter environments. In fact, I believe it's even more critical today then it was a year ago ...