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

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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
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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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