Nutanix AHV goes to the Big Dance with Business Critical Applications

  • 8 March 2017
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Nutanix AHV goes to the Big Dance with Business Critical Applications
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This post was authored by Greg White, Mike Wronski, Sachin Chheda, Solutions Marketing, Nutanix

March is finally here, and for college basketball fans that means only one thing - the NCAA National Championship. Teams from big and small colleges across the US will vie for an invitation to get into the national championship game and win the title. For Nutanix, both AHV and business critical applications have already locked in their presence at the Big Dance.

In our quarterly earnings call held earlier this month, Nutanix announced that AHV, as of January 31, 2017, our license-free native hypervisor was being used in 21% of the total nodes sold by Nutanix, up from 17% in the prior quarter based on a rolling four-quarter average. Beyond AHV’s initial success around Citrix, Nutanix has seen customers adopt AHV for many of their business critical workloads. Here is a snippet from the fiscal Q2 earnings call held on March 2nd.

“Certifications of Oracle, SAP, and Citrix continue to push AHV deeper into the enterprise. It's an immense opportunity to make the infrastructure invisible with Prism and self-service portal. Shifting to go-to-market, we continue to expand our aggressive market opportunity with our diverse packaging options that provide maximum flexibility to our customers on how they consume our software.”

In November of last year, Nutanix announced that AHV was certified for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP NetWeaver on Linux. SAP Basis Admins can take advantage of integrated virtualization management and accelerate development and testing cycles by quickly deploying new high-performance environments and automating common workflows using a rich set of Nutanix-provided Microsoft PowerShell Commandlets and APIs.

Nutanix AHV has also been certified under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program for up to very large VMs (72 vCPUs and 100’s of GB or RAM). Customers have been able to successfully support workloads like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Dynamics, and Microsoft SQL Server while reducing management time spent by at least 5X.

Additionally, Nutanix customers have been leveraging Nutanix AHV and the Oracle certified Nutanix ABS to run their Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle databases. This includes customers like the one mentioned in the fiscal Q2 earnings call (excerpt below) and others like the Global Gaming company profiles by IDC in its customer spotlight report.

“In this quarter, we closed a large transaction with a new Global 2000 account, a $10 billion manufacturer of hospital supplies and equipment, to re-platform it's Oracle database environment from Solaris to x86. Key factors in the win was the value of our full stack, including AHV, and the simplicity of Prism to manage the entire data center.”

With comprehensive virtualization functionality such as cross-platform management, high availability, the ability to add Disk, RAM and CPU while it’s “hot”, Acropolis Dynamic Scheduler (ADS), Commvault with their Data Platform and IntelliSnap Technology and additional functionality such as cross-hypervisor DR and network visualization, we’ve found that our customers, who include large global organizations, have been comfortable making a move away from their legacy hypervisors and platforms, Solaris Unix for example, to AHV. This was captured in the excerpt below from the fiscal Q2 earning call.

“We also expanded our relationship with one of the largest hospitality companies in the world that operate in over 90 countries with over 4,000 hotels. They have completed the move of their core reservation system, which has been running non-virtualized on Solaris for nearly two decades, to Nutanix-powered all-flash Dell XC nodes as part of a major application refresh. A key driver of this win was AHV[, which] the customer was eager to adopt in order to reduce its virtualization costs.”

Get Going!

You can read the technical documents on the Nutanix resources site: Also, here are some resources to get you on the path to making virtualization invisible for your critical enterprise applications:

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