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Push Past the Performance Barriers: All-Flash for All Platforms!

by Community Manager ‎08-17-2016 09:20 AM - edited ‎08-17-2016 02:09 PM (1,988 Views)

Nutanix has engineered an all-flash enterprise cloud platform, converging compute, flash storage, and virtualization into a forward-looking architecture and simplistic consumer-grade management interface, allowing enterprises to focus on driving business value.

 

Flash continues to evolve with NVMe and 3D XPoint technologies, significantly improving application response times, storage density, and durability. Legacy platforms built on outdated architectures are not ideally suited to take advantage of these technology enhancements.

 

In this post, let’s take a look at how Nutanix all-flash solutions are enabling organizations to keep up with exponential data growth, always-on availability requirements, and the lightning-fast performance that today’s applications demand—all without creating infrastructure silos.

 

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Flash and Servers Just Work Together

Over the last several years, flash prices have been on a decline, making it a more cost-effective option for enterprise storage. However, when replacing HDDs with SSDs (Solid State Drives), and creating an all-flash configuration with legacy three-tier infrastructure, there are several limitations that should be considered, including network latencies, bottlenecks, and management complexities.

 

This inherently limits the application from utilizing the full potential provided by flash. Another concern is network and storage controller bottlenecks, both of which can limit the performance flash can provide. All-flash storage systems typically have dual controllers, and even though they can be active at the same time, the total number of IOPS is limited.

 

Lastly, management of this entire three-tier infrastructure is complex, especially when working with multiple vendors for all-flash arrays, storage networks, and servers.

 

With hyperconverged infrastructure, flash is closer to where the virtual machines (VM) live and application latency can be significantly reduced. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform can deliver the benefits of local flash performance without sacrificing enterprise data services (including dedupe, compression, cloning, and snapshots) through simple scalable building blocks.

 

As a result, infrastructure complexity is reduced and management can be significantly simplified.

 

But it doesn’t stop there. The data locality feature that is unique to Nutanix is designed to keep network traffic minimized even as the solution scales, giving applications consistent, low latency, and predictable performance. VMs directly interact with the data without introducing network bottlenecks and without requiring any special tuning by the IT admin.

Choice with All-Flash Platforms and Powerful Software

Nutanix recently announced the availability of all-flash across the entire portfolio of Nutanix hardware platforms*. With a very modest price increase over similar capacity hybrid storage solutions, moving to a hyperconverged all-flash platform is now a simple decision.

 

Organizations also have a choice when considering Nutanix all-flash solutions, with Nutanix NX, Dell XC, or Lenovo HX platforms. The platforms are configured-to-order, providing choice in memory, compute, and all-flash storage capacity to meet tier 0/1 application requirements. The all-flash configurations enable you to choose up to 48TB of RAW all-flash storage capacity.

 

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Additionally, the Nutanix platform can lead to OpEx and CapEx savings. Power, cooling, and rack space are significantly reduced as separate silo’d three-tier infrastructure is no longer required. Admins can also spend far less time managing and troubleshooting the environment with an easy to use interface.

 

Prism, the Nutanix consumer-grade management interface, gives administrators a simple and elegant way to manage their virtual environments. Powered by advanced data analytics and heuristics, it simplifies and streamlines common workflows with built-in automation and one-click deployments. Businesses rely on data more than ever, and with Nutanix all-flash solutions, you have the potential to drive increased business revenue and employee productivity.

 

Customers such as Valpak are benefitting from improved performance of the Nutanix all-flash solution for their high IOPS data warehousing applications and are planning to migrate their Java application servers, WordPress, SQL Server, SAP, and Sybase databases over as well.

 

Come See Us at VMworld 2016

Nutanix is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, August 28 – September 1, 2016. Visit us at our booth and hear how our customers are deploying large-scale environments with Nutanix all-flash solutions.

Swing by Booth # 2311 and Schedule a 1:1

If you like what you see on the show floor and want to have a more in-depth discussion about our solutions, we would love to talk to you. Visit the Nutanix booth to schedule a meeting with our engineering, product management, product marketing, or executive team.

 

Now for the Fun Stuff…

We have some very exciting gifts lined up to thank you for coming and talking to us. While supplies last, every theater presentation attendee will receive our very popular water bottle to help stay hydrated in Las Vegas. One lucky winner will go home with a prize after every theater presentation (every 30 minutes). Raffle drawings of travel gift cards will be held daily.

 

But the best of all is the grand prize drawing for a trip to an exciting destination ($5,000 value). The final drawing will be on August 29th, 2016 and you must be present to win. More details will be available at our booth.

 

Also, get ready to be ThunDRstuck with Nutanix, and AC/DShe at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Casino. Join us for a night of drinks, nibbles, and rock n’ roll on August 29th, 2016, from 8:00-11:00 pm. The party will be rocking.

 

Let’s Get Social!

You can stay connected with Nutanix throughout the entire VMworld 2016 event by following @nutanix on twitter, and tagging your photos and tweets with #nutanixatvmworld. Also, you can connect with us on the Nutanix Next Community (next.nutanix.com).

 

We look forward to meeting you at our booth #2311 at VMworld in Las Vegas where we will show you how to deliver mission-critical business applications securely and reliably, all while reducing your TCO at scale.  Your IT organization will truly be elevated to focus on delivering core business value and innovation by making your infrastructure invisible with the Nutanix enterprise cloud platform.

 

This post is authored by Rohit Goyal, Product Marketing Manager at Nutanix

All-Flash, Nutanix XCP, and Enterprise Applications

by Community Manager ‎11-04-2015 11:55 AM - edited ‎11-04-2015 12:53 PM (1,931 Views)

All-flash storage supercharges application performance, but the optimum way for IT teams to deploy flash is still a subject of debate. This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring the advantages of all-flash hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for enterprise apps. The first post covered a recent IDC report on optimizing flash for demanding applications.

 

All-flash infrastructure lowers latency and increases throughput for critical database applications running on databases like Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Instead of wasting valuable cycles waiting for I/O, server cores stay busy processing transactions. Because the same workload can be supported with fewer cores doing more productive work, it is possible to lower the database-licensing costs.

 

While performance is important - and everyone likes lower costs - when you choose an all-flash solution, you can’t afford to compromise on availability or manageability. Nutanix XCP delivers all three! The all flash Nutanix XCP NX-9000 series, now on its second processor generation can enhance your enterprise application environment by eliminating storage and virtualization complexity.

Nutanix XCP Delivers Maximum All-Flash Performance

The hyperconverged Nutanix XCP delivers predictable storage performance without complex configuration or tuning. You get optimal performance for critical apps right out of the box. The Nutanix Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF) is designed to ensure data locality for running applications. This means database applications access their data from local flash storage, achieving the shortest possible I/O path for maximum performance and avoiding network hops that add I/O latency.

 

Nutanix DSF pools storage and exports it to the virtualization and application layer, eliminating the need for SAN or NAS. In case of the NX-9000 series based cluster, this is the local and remote flash across all nodes. Hypervisors, VMs, and applications are supported by VM-centric, software-defined services including replication, VM snapshots, and clones - a set of services you’ll be hard pressed to find in most all-flash arrays.

 

Inline data reduction technologies reduce the total amount of storage you need, offsetting the cost of flash media and reducing the amount of data written to flash for enhanced endurance. Matter of fact, Nutanix XCP uses Intel processor extensions for tasks such as deduplication, achieving similar data reduction results as proprietary hardware without the limitations of proprietary hardware. Nutanix DSF offers both inline and adaptive compression and deduplication. Unlike most all-flash arrays, you can set the policies by storage pool without burdening the entire system.

 

Nutanix HCI Delivers Exceptional Availability

Despite the undeniable impact of application unavailability and data loss, the majority of business-critical applications are under-protected. Legacy data protection and DR solutions have failed to adapt to the needs of modern applications and infrastructure.

 

Nutanix XCP was architected from the ground up to improve application availability with resiliency features such as tunable redundancy and EC-X erasure coding, automated policy based VM backups, and integrated disaster recovery using asynchronous and synchronous replication. VM-centric data protection options help you meet application SLAs in the event of component failure, node failure, rack failure, or an entire datacenter outage. Nutanix Metro Availability and synchronous replication provides for continuous data availability between sites with zero RPO.

 

Nutanix HCI Simplifies Management

Traditional three-tier infrastructure - servers, storage networks, storage - is complicated to manage and maintain. That is an undeniable fact. Adding an all-flash array to your current mix does nothing to improve your overall management picture.

 

The Nutanix XCP including the all-flash NX-9000 takes the pain out of infrastructure management, in part by eliminating the need for separate storage and complicated configuration, provisioning, and mapping with disks, RAID, and LUNs. A single infrastructure is able to address all your enterprise application requirements, eliminating the need to integrate discrete servers, SANs, and storage arrays. Nutanix Prism further simplifies management with a single consumer-grade interface.

 

All-Flash, No Compromise

These three capabilities - maximum all-flash performance, exceptional availability, and easy management - form the foundation of Invisible Infrastructure. With Nutanix you can start small, get started fast, and scale forever. Because Nutanix Invisible Infrastructure just works, your IT team has more time to focus on enhancing enterprise applications, and adding business value.

 

Want to dig deeper into Nutanix technology yourself? Here is some recommended reading:

 

 

Still looking at a standalone all flash storage solution from {EMC-HP-PURE-NETAPP-IBM}? Talk to Nutanix first to find out (info@nutanix.com || @nutanix || next.nutanix.com) why your enterprise apps are best suited for the Nutanix XCP.

 

This post was authored by Sachin Chheda, Adam Moreland & Philip Trautman

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