Archives for February 2015

Feb
28

Nutanix Cloud Management Service – Janus

Providing backup services into Amazon is made simple by the deployment of the Nutanix Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) into Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Deployment is handled by using the Prism UI and supplying the customers Amazon Web Services (AWS) access key and secret key to give a fully automated solution. Under the covers the automation is provided by a new cluster service in NOS 4.1 named Janus. Janus is the Nutanix Cloud Management Service, it will provide the framework for transport between private and public clouds.

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The Janus services are exposed via cerebro which allows customer to use the same Prism interface to manage their environments.

The Janus service is responsible for:
• Managing AWS credentials
• Listing AWS regions
• Listing Nutanix Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
• Deploying & configuring a Nutanix CVM on EC2 ( no limits, deploy one to every region if you want)
• List Nutanix Instances
• Start and stop Nutanix instances

More details to follow in an upcoming Tech Note.

Feb
17

Prism Central offers first class security for your customers with VMware Horizon DaaS

Prism Central is a powerful management tool that allows administrators to centrally manage and control Nutanix clusters around the world from a single pane of glass. It removes the operational complexity from managing multiple clusters in a single location, or when geographically distributed across different datacenters. Combined with VMware Horizon DaaS both the service provider and customer\tenants get flexibility without sacrificing security.

The platform-agnostic HTML5-based interface provides a bird’s-eye view of IT resources across multiple clusters, enabling administrators to select and manage individual clusters as required. Single sign-on streamlines large-scale management by eliminating the need to log into each cluster individually. Prism Central also gives administrators an aggregate view of all resources in the environment to quickly and efficiently monitor all VMs and storage resources and identify potential issues in individual clusters. It can be deployed in any one of the Nutanix clusters in the global environment.

Prism Central enables service providers to offer physical, isolated environments for all of their tenants without the worry of increased management costs. Tenants can be given read-only access to their clusters and additional time managing reservations can be avoided as the failure domain is isolated to the tenant. Tenants needing the newest features can move quickly to new releases without impacting the rest of the environment. Today over 100 clusters can be managed with Prism Central.

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This is the only hyper-converged platform that allows this type of management without imposing restrictions on the vSphere cluster design. Some customers may want their own vCenter(s), some may want to split compute clusters for different departments and some may never even want to see vCenter.

Feb
16

Nutanix News – Omega NorthFace Award, Cumulus Networks & Security Updates

NorthFace
For the second year in a row, Nutanix has won the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from The Omega Management Group in recognition of our outstanding customer service and support throughout 2014. The NorthFace ScoreBoard Award recognizes organizations that not only offer exemplary customer service, but also centers their raison d’etre around a deep commitment to exceeding customer expectations. When the Nutanix Sales rep says one throat to choke they really mean it! <read more here>

Webinar: Deploying True Hyper Convergence with Open Networking(Clumulus)
Yes, it’s a webinar and I know that just gets your motoring going but you should really think about attending this one. Damien Philip, the person presenting on behalf of Nutanix has been with the company almost from the start. Systems Engineer now, he was in support for over 2 years. Prior to his role at Nutanix, he was a Lead Cisco UCS Solutions Architect responsible for implementing the VMworld 2009 Data Center and for configuring the MDS SAN switching fabric for the show which became the highlight of VMworld 2009 as it was built in under 2 months from planning to finish. Should be a great session.

The charter of the nSERT (Nutanix Security Engineering and Research Team)organization is to invoke the most agile and comprehensive security best practices into Nutanix development culture for the benefit of our customers. The nSERT was able patch GHOST (glibc heap buffer overflow vulnerability) which CAN be exploited by unauthenticated user. The list of affected systems was pretty large, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & 7, CentOS 6 & 7, Ubuntu 12.04. It someone tells you it’s OK to ignore this just run away really fast because they’re about to had you a USB key with free anti-virus software.

Feb
13

End User Computing Podcast Kick-Off!

Announcing the End User Computing Podcast!

The End User Computing Podcast (www.eucpodcast.com) is a community driven podcast for IT Professionals. The content covered on the EUC Podcast is primarily geared toward community support and enablement for application, desktop, and server virtualization technologies. Comments and community interactions are strongly encouraged to keep the authors honest and non-biased toward the vendors and technologies being covered. While the EUC Podcast is an independent community driven podcast, SME’s vendor preferences and strengths may be presumed based on active projects and topic areas covered. As unaffiliated technologists, EUC Podcast encourages the authors to discuss a wide variety of vendors and products based on current or upcoming engagements. Like most things in my life I won’t be first! I have to miss the first one due to Family Day in Canada and I am not going to wage that war with the Mrs. 🙂 As you can see below the cast if pretty amazing.

The first episode of the EUC Podcast will be streamed live on Monday February 16th at 20:30 GMT (12:30PM Pacific, 3:30PM Eastern). To watch and participate in the podcast live, go to www.eucpodcast.com. It will be recorded live via Google Hangout and delivered in audio Podcast format with EUC experts from around the world including:
DANE YOUNG (@youngtech) | STEVE GREENBERG (@stevegreenberg) | CLÁUDIO RODRIGUES (@crod) | ANDREW WOOD (@gilwood_cs) | CHRIS ROGERS (@citrixjedi) | DWAYNE LESSNER (@dlink7) | BARRY COOMBS (@virtualisedreal) | THOMAS POPPELGAARD (@_poppelgaard) | MIKE NELSON (@nelmedia) | ALEXANDER ERVIK JOHNSEN (@ervik)

More about the EUC Podcast…

This episode will be available via iTunes and other RSS/Podcast applications on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, etc. To subscribe, go to http://eucpodcast.itvce.com/subscribe/

To participate in the live stream, go to www.eucpodcast.com during the live stream. We will be interacting via Twitter hashtag #EUCPodcast with an embedded Crowd Chat: https://www.crowdchat.net/EUCPodcast

Click here to add this event to your calendar (Download .ICS file).

As part of the podcast, we will be doing introductions, talking about news and announcements, and introducing a segment called Ask the EUC Experts! where audience and community members have an opportunity to submit questions or podcast topics via the web form.

If you have any comments, questions, or want to learn more, feel free to use the comments section below to leave us your feedback!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on Monday the 16th at 20:30 GMT!

Feb
09

Nutanix .Next Conference – There Can Only Be One – #VDI

cat One the corporate side of the house I will being giving the only VDI session at the .Next Conference that is taking place from June 8 – 10 this year. Having only one corporate session on VDI really shows how the company has evolved over the years. VDI was an easy use case for Nutanix because you needed to buy both storage and compute and our scale out story helped to fix a good amount of poor planning and design around VDI. Roll forward to today and we have companies putting their financial systems on Nutanix in a big away and have the ability to scale out storage and compute in a variety of ways. The company has moved passed speeds, feeds and density talks and now it’s the broader picture of how to manage the datacenter and deliver an end to end experience. The amount of talent we have in house on VDI is being scary, like Kees Baggerman , Dan Fallon, Andre Leibovici and the list goes on. So while I have an outline of my session I will be asking for help from the whole company to provide you the best session in regards to Nutanix and VDI.

My .Next Session: VDI Best Practices
Speakers: Dwayne Lessner, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix; Co-presented with a Nutanix Customer

Description: This technical session will provide real-world information on how to properly size, build, and configure the right Nutanix web-scale infrastructure for any VDI environment, including Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View deployments. A Nutanix engineer and a Virtualization Expert deploying Nutanix will discuss desktop sizing considerations, and detail best practices for scaling your VDI deployment to hundreds or thousands of desktops. The session will also present advanced techniques for optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops in your organization.

In this session, you will learn: How and when to use advanced Nutanix features, such as Shadow Clones and de-duplication; Best practices for sizing a hyper-converged infrastructure, including platform selection, cluster sizing and resource requirements for the Nutanix controller VM (CVM); Best practices for configuring Microsoft Distribute File System (DFS) to store and manage VDI user data.

My question to people attending is, What do you want to know more about? What are topics do you want covered? If you have some ideas please email me at dwayne (at) nutanix.com.

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Feb
08

Nutanix News – 300 Million, .Next Call for Papers and New RA’s

Last week was a fun and busy week with the Nutanix Mid-year Sales Kick Off and I am just finally recovering from lack of sleep. The big public news that was released to the public was our 300 Million dollar run rate.

Call for Proposals is now OPEN for the .NEXT Unconference Track: Web-Scale Uncensored! This track will be parallel to the three formal tracks, and include seven session slots over two days, led by community experts and thought leaders!

New Whitepapers and Best Practices on MS Lync and VMware vRealize Automation are now available. Check out the brand new website as well!