This post was authored by Shubhika Taneja, Product Marketing Manager at Nutanix and Constantine Kousoulis, Sr. Member of Technical Staff at Nutanix.
Continuing with the “Ten things you need to know about” blog series, we will be discussing the Prism Self-Service in this blog. Prism Self-Service is a new capability from Nutanix which is scheduled to be available in our 5.0 software release.
Prism Self-Service will be a core component of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. It empowers the end users such as developers to get AWS like experience by enabling frictionless access to infrastructure resources.
Access to Prism Self-Service Portal (SSP), which is the UI for Prism Self-Service, will not require installation of a separate management tool as it is well integrated into Prism. It can be launched in a single click from Prism. Administrators can then set up self service access for their Nutanix environment in a few clicks out of SSP.
The end users will have a very simple way to access resources. They will not need access to Prism to consume the infrastructure resources. The administrator sends a URL of a web portal to the end user, and the end user can login to this using their corporate credentials to access resources in a self service manner.
SSP will optimize the end user experience by applying consumer design principles to a powerful cloud platform. Troubleshooting a VM is easy with single-click access to performance metrics and a display console to the VM.
Projects are a grouping construct, that will bring users and policies attached to these users together in a framework. Projects enable the assignment of resources and privileges to a group of users for consumption. Project quotas provide limits on infrastructure usage by end users, and access to specific networks is under the administrator’s control.
SSP will enhance security with an access control layer that provides fine-grained permissions to entities and operations. Administrators can create roles to control the privileges of a user in the system.
The Catalog will provide access to shared VM templates and images. Administrators control the accessible items, and end users create their VMs by deploying from approved items in the Catalog.
Usage analytics will make the task of administering the cluster resources simple. SSP visualizes resource allocation with point-in-time and time series charts, so it’s easy to spot rogue VMs.
Admins and end users alike will be able to extend their usage of SSP by authoring programmatic clients with help from a rich SDK that includes REST documentation and sample code.
SSP will be initially limited to Windows Active Directory for authentication and AHV for compute. Since it is built to be hypervisor agnostic, we anticipate that it will be supported on other hypervisors as well in a future release.