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  • 17 May 2017
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I'm looking for information on support differences of running VMware on Nutanix (SuperMicro) vs VMware on Nutanix (Dell/EMC)? How does the single button update work in both cases? How much time does it take to accomplish the same update that includes all components (BIOS, Firmware, etc)
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Best answer by cameron 19 May 2017, 20:29

One-click mechanisms for software (eg upgrades to AOS, hypervisor, NCC, Foundation etc) are the same for NX and XC. For the hardware side, it will be likely that NX will have h/w support for one-click upgrades a little faster than the OEM h/w, but the lag should be minimal.

For example, in LCM 1.1 (due this month), it will support updating SATADOM and HBA on NX, but only SATADOM on XC. In LCM 1.2 (approx 4-8 weeks after 1.1), it is expected that both NX and XC will be on parity on the h/w side for updates. Note that you don't need to upgrade AOS to get the latest LCM to 'unlock' newer updating features/mechanisms.

The intention of LCM is that you should be able to drive all updates to your Nutanix cluster (hardware and software) from the one place in Prism - no need for external tool sets.
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Hi hswipf

Could you please elaborate a little more on your question? Are you just trying to determine the differences of one-click upgrades on Nutanix NX vs. Dell EMC XC?
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Yes, that is exactly what I need to understand. We're looking at buying more Nutanix systems and are being asked about running Nutanix on the SuperMicro hardware or Dell/EMC hardware. I'm told that the 1 button update doesn't work with Dell - you have to update the Dell equipment separately using their tools then do the Nutanix update. Is that correct? How long does it take to update a Nutanix on Dell vs Nutanix on SuperMIcro?
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Thanks for the clarification. I have asked for our LCM product manager to chime in for accurate answer. You will see their post soon.
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One-click mechanisms for software (eg upgrades to AOS, hypervisor, NCC, Foundation etc) are the same for NX and XC. For the hardware side, it will be likely that NX will have h/w support for one-click upgrades a little faster than the OEM h/w, but the lag should be minimal.

For example, in LCM 1.1 (due this month), it will support updating SATADOM and HBA on NX, but only SATADOM on XC. In LCM 1.2 (approx 4-8 weeks after 1.1), it is expected that both NX and XC will be on parity on the h/w side for updates. Note that you don't need to upgrade AOS to get the latest LCM to 'unlock' newer updating features/mechanisms.

The intention of LCM is that you should be able to drive all updates to your Nutanix cluster (hardware and software) from the one place in Prism - no need for external tool sets.
Cameron
I have a Dell ESXi Nutanix cluster. It is stable, but the life cycle management is not reliable and fairly buggy. It fails hardware upgrades part way through most of the time, I would much rather upgrade the server from the iDRAC. As well every time I need Nutanix support I have to go talk to Dell first and then they have to open a ticket with Nutanix.

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