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The cloud has forever changed how end-users share files.  Employees expect a feature set to meet the mobile demands of their workflows, but on-prem file storage has often struggled to match the dynamic needs of the modern worker.  With Cloudtenna (Nutanix Ready validated), you can now seamlessly integrate Nutanix on-prem Acropolis File Services (AFS) to the cloud through Cloudtenna’s powerful DirectShare feature set.

Powerful new SaaS services like Microsoft Office Online boost employee productivity, and it is imperative that employees work with feature-rich cloud applications.  However, moving data into the cloud can be both frustrating and expensive.  That is about to change, as Cloudtenna today announced that it is now possible for Microsoft Office 365 users to access local data without having to actually transfer files into the cloud.



The Nutanix Acropolis File Services (AFS) platform provides a highly available and massively scalable data repository for a wide range of deployments and applications, including large-scale home directories and user profiles. AFS now also shares the end-user feature set of popular cloud services.  It is easy to access files via well-designed mobile and web apps, share files with anyone via simple web-links, and work in highly-productive cloud applications like Microsoft Office Online.


Requiring minimal setup,  your tools that work with Nutanix AFS server today will continue uninterrupted.  File permissions and other policies on the file server will remain enforced and any backup or auditing tools in place will also continue to work unaffected.  And with native Active Directory support, you won’t have to provision new user accounts. Finally with its light weight, Customers have been able to stream large files at up to 10x faster.


Cloudtenna’s DirectShare platform has completed Nutanix Ready testing, receiving verification with AHV and AFS, a demonstration of current mutual product compatibility and interoperability. The Direct Content Intelligence (DirectCI) agent uses deep machine learning to identify the files most relevant to each individual user, ushering in a new era of secure intelligent search, file sharing, and communications solutions for modern businesses.


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Written By: Mike Langdon, Product Manager, Blue Medora


Blue Medora is excited to announce that its vRealize Operations (vROps) Management Pack for Nutanix is now Nutanix Ready. The management pack helps you gain visibility into the health and performance of your Nutanix clusters and the workloads running on them.


As part of Blue Medora’s True Visibility Suite, the vROps Management Pack for Nutanix brings visibility into vRealize Operations so you can clearly understand how your hypervisors are performing within the Nutanix enterprise cloud platform. In particular, I’d like to highlight three key areas where Blue Medora integrations will transform your vROps monitoring experience.


Gain visibility into capacity and performance with 1,000+ metrics


The Blue Medora Management Pack for Nutanix extends your monitoring to provide easy access to health, performance and availability metrics for your infrastructure alongside databases and applications.


Figure 1: Extend visibility with out-of-the-box dashboards, like the Nutanix Health Investigation shown above.


The management pack features more than 1,000 metrics, including key indicators like IO operations, IO latency, disk size and total IOPS. You can view these metrics in custom reports and dashboards, or use the dashboards provided out-of-the-box:

  • Nutanix Overview
  • Nutanix Cluster Overview
  • Nutanix Health Investigation
  • Nutanix Latency, IOPS, Throughput Detail
  • Nutanix CVM Detail
  • Nutanix VM to VMware Detail
  • Nutanix Host to VMware Detail
  • Nutanix Storage Container to VMware Detail


Precise control of alerts and notifications


More than 150 alerts and notifications are provided through the Blue Medora Management Pack for Nutanix. As a result, you gain immediate insight into important alerts so you are able to address them before the spread to other layers of the IT stack.


Strong integration with vRealize Operations allows you to leverage predictive analytics to pinpoint problems before they arise and optimize the performance of your hyperconverged systems.

Reduce mean time to innocence


The Blue Medora Management Pack for Nutanix automatically maps relationships between Nutanix and VMware. You will gain insight into performance dependencies with the discovered relationships, such as Nutanix VM to VMware VM; storage container to VM; and host to VM. In addition, when you pair the Management Pack for Nutanix with others from Blue Medora, you can gain a clear and accurate understanding of other relationships between Nutanix, databases and applications.



Figure 2: Leverage relationship mapping -- like storage container to VMware shown above -- between Nutanix and VMware layers with Blue Medora’s management pack.


Leveraging key metrics about each of these relationships in your Nutanix environment means you have visibility into the data you need to reduce your mean-time-to-innocence should any troubles arise.. Our customers find that they can increase availability across their environments, which helps them to accelerate performance across the IT stack.


For more information about Blue Medora’s management pack for Nutanix, review our solutions brief or get a free trial.


About Blue Medora

Blue Medora creates software that extends the capabilities of vRealize Operations and exposes more elements of your underlying hardware and software solutions to provide you with detailed performance metrics and in-depth analytics across the IT stack.


As a result, you receive comprehensive visibility into your physical and virtual infrastructure for root cause analysis and overall infrastructure management. For more information about the True Visibility Suite for vRealize Operations, visit our website.

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Hyperconverged Networking for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform… Traffic Jams Beware!

by Nutanix Employee MikePenrod on ‎12-05-2016 01:52 PM - last edited on ‎12-06-2016 10:11 AM by Community Manager (2,408 Views)

Written By: Michael Welts, Vice President, Marketing, Plexxi


At the recent .NEXT 2016 User Conference in Vienna, Nutanix emphasized reimagining how infrastructure should look and behave based on applications needs and changes. They said that the first step was to converge compute and storage (hyperconvergence), then to reimagine virtualization and datacenter management, and then to ultimately collapse networking within the same cloud stack.


Up until now, the missing link to datacenter infrastructure hyperconvergence has been networking. Enter Plexxi, a Nutanix Elevate technology partner. At .NEXT we showcased a modern networking solution referred to as “hyperconverged networking” for the Enterprise Cloud.


Nutanix and Plexxi have partnered to deliver a “reimagined” view of how networks should look, feel and behave… all in the name of application needs and changes. With Plexxi, we’re able to  replace traditional leaf-spine networks with a simple, single-tier, scale-as-you-need switching platform and a compelling software-defined approach to automating, orchestrating and visualizing application workloads.  If that wasn’t taking the future of datacenter networking far enough, we took one more step by demonstrating unique, automated per-workload discovery, optimization, and isolation.


You might be wondering why this matters and why now? Well, Gartner recently published an interesting report entitled, “Leverage Networking to Ensure Your Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Support Demanding Workloads” that puts a spotlight on the network challenge of HCIS.  Like our customers say, simplifying networking and operations complexity is their #1 concern to unlocking the true potential of modernized datacenters.


What Gartner is saying is that hyperconverged infrastructure systems (HCIS) introduce workloads that place new requirements on the network; requirements that traditional networks were not designed to address. In fact, according to Gartner, the I/O loads alone “will increase by 10x” with HCIS clusters.


So how does Plexxi solve this looming traffic jam? By dispelling the notion of the network being nothing more than a set of fat, dumb pipes and instead delivering intelligent networking under software control. Plexxi showcases a deep understanding of Nutanix workloads including network status, end-to-end hyperconverged topology, network fabric capacity, workload placement for Nutanix storage workloads, and Nutanix cluster workload traffic utilization heatmaps.


Plexxi’s automation, orchestration, visualization and analytics combine to unleash a powerful solution that automatically discovers Nutanix nodes and dynamically re-provisions the Plexxi network fabric in response to compute and storage network changes.  This ensures optimized hyperconverged environments, high performance and service quality for diverse applications and workloads, while making optimal use of network capacity. Plexxi allows the network to be defined by the data and applications, rather than the inverse.


For a detailed look at Plexxi’s solution and Gartner’s research report on demanding workloads, visit http://go.plexxi.com/gartner2016.  Nutanix and Plexxi will also be delivering a webinar that highlights the features discussed in this article:


Bringing Hyperconverged Networking to the Enterprise Cloud

Thursday, December 15, 9-10 am Pacific

Register Now


Learn how Nutanix and Plexxi can:

  • Enable a unified software-defined data center network that efficiently supports diverse hyperconverged infrastructure applications and workloads
  • Provide a single network for all workloads while achieving significant OPEX/CAPEX savings
  • Demonstrate how virtualized compute, storage and networking resources are provisioned collectively – in real time - to enable elastic services, on-demand applications and self-service IT.

The time is now to reimagine datacenter networking. Join us on December 15th!


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