Archives for May 2015


Nutanix is MongoDB Platform Certified


Just off the press, Nutanix is MongoDB Certified for version 2.6 and 3.0! We also have an RA about to hit Nutanix family of bed time reading. The person that wrote the RA is Ray Hassan and can be found @cannybag on the twitters.

Why this is exciting is because it’s not just storage certified, we certified a whole platform to create a private cloud infrastructure. More pieces of the puzzle will be announced at .NEXT in June.

Have a great weekend.


Windows Drivers for Nutanix KVM

I’ve hunted more than once for the drivers to install Windows on the Nutanix KVM hypervisor.

Here is the link:

Thanks to Nutanix Sr. SE, Dennis Laube for the updated link.


Nutanix CE – Partnership


They will be varying opinions on the best route of delivering software to the community and the intentions behind it. As nice as it sounds to be delivering world peace and saving whales it’s just not the case in business. In all good partnerships there is give and take and this what the Nutanix Community Edition brings. You get to try the Nutanix experience first hand without any risk. We are not trying to deliver beta features and make the community guinea-pigs. Experience is very important to Nutanix from the UI to workflows, performance, reliability, stability. To control the experience we don’t want to change the codebase too much from the selling version. All QA work that is done for the paid version will go into the CE version as well. The community/existing customers can now have environment to run tests, staging area for replication, test backup and anything that you might want to spend capital on before you know it works. As an added benefit you’ll not have to worry about a license expiring which has caused various levels of pain for me in the past. Keep in mind apart of convergence is getting out of the engineering game. This hard to do with a community release but Nutanix is doing its best so you don’t have to figure out what hardware will or will not work. To get access to the software the only requirement is to be apart of the NEXT Community. In return, you will have to send anonymized logs back to Nutanix to help improve the product.

Part of controlling the experience is the HCL. Certain parts of the architecture like the metadata layer needs to live on SSD. While Nutanix’s version of Apache Cassandra is over 200% faster then open source alternative, it needs to live on flash. Some of the HCL requirements are:

* Nodes – 1,3 & 4 nodes. Yes you will be able to run this with only 1 node!
* Intel CPUs, 4-cores min with VT-x Support
* Memory, 16 GB Minimum – The CVM will be using 12 GB
* Storage – RAID 0 (LSI HBA’s) or AHCI storage sub-systems
– LSI controllers with and without (HBA) passthrough mode support. Both SAS and SATA disks.
– Disks attached to AHCI SATA controllers.
* Hot Tier – 1 SSD min per node, >= 200 GB
* Cold Tier – 1 HDD min per node >= 500 GB
* Networking – Intel NICS
* USB Key – For Hypervisor Boot

Nutanix needs more people using the software to drive the product, use the API’s, create workflows that impact business. Communities are great ways to see what worked, what didn’t work and get fast answers. You also get the added benefit of having the whole world to help you in areas that might not be possible otherwise. I know I have saved a lot of time on not reinventing the wheel and reused a lot of scripts from the VMware community over the past years. In turn Nutanix has a lot of bright folks that come from all different areas of the datacentre that are willing to help and share ideas.

Next-Gen datacenter, what the heck is that? No one knows but it will he shaped by humans and heavy dose of code. Making things better needs to partnership to bring new solutions to market. Standalone anything has no value. Every meeting usally has the question, How does it work with….? No you can find out and give hands on direction. There is more here to but it will have to wait for the .NEXT conference.

Thoughts? Please drop a comment here or head over to the community.



New Nutanix Reference Architecture: VMware Horizon DaaS with App Volumes

The Nutanix Reference Architecture(RA) for VMware Horizon DaaS is now Publicly available. This RA shows how you can seamlessly scale and deliver consistent robust performance for VMware Horizon DaaS within single- or, more commonly, multi-tenant environments, depending on the user needs and the number of desktops.

The Nutanix platform eliminates performance bottlenecks while enabling multi-tenant management and performance protection from noisy tenant neighbors. In this document, we demonstrate Nutanix’s storage efficiency while provisioning full-clone desktops with vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) and with data reduction features enabled. Our findings show that the Nutanix platform delivers tremendous value for end-users, service providers, and IT management by providing a great user experience with predictable costs. The highlights of our testing results include:


The saying “It takes a village” hold true with this RA. While I was the primary technical lead, the Nutanix Performance and Solution teams and the VMware DaaS team all helped to make this paper public. Please give your comments here or directly.

Related DaaS Posts:

Horizon DaaS – Noisy Neighbour Problems

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

VMware App Volumes on Nutanix Best Practices with UberAgent


Manadtory Education on Folder Redirection for VDI

Two fantastic resources that are publicly available on the topic of folder redirection for VDI. Both videos give you great insights into decisions when your going willy nilly clicking on GPO options and working with 3rd party vendors.

Pro Version of Folder Redirection Why Folder Redirection Sucks, but is a Necessary Evil

Scary things about Folder RedirectionHow Folder Redirection Impacts User Experience and Breaks Applications




VMware Horizon 6 RDS-hosted Apps and Imprivata failover with New Firmware

PCoIP Firmware 4.8.0 firmware for Tera2 zero clients has just been released. Some small goodies in there but I think the main one is for RDS. Zero clients now support VMware Horizon 6 application remoting based on Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS). To configure zero clients to access VMware Horizon streamed applications, select the new Enable RDS Application Access option on the View Connection Server > Session page, under Advanced Options.

The new firmware aslo allows a View Connection Server address for Imprivata OneSign environments allows administrators to configure a Direct to View link on zero clients configured for View Connection Server + Imprivata OneSign mode. When users click the link, the current OneSign connection or authentication flow is cancelled and a Horizon View authentication flow starts instead. This feature lets OneSign zero client users access their View desktops when the OneSign infrastructure is unavailable.

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