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.