Jul
04

Will DR and Backup power AHV sales to 50%?

.Next has come and gone like your favorite holiday. Tons of hustle and bustle with great euphoric feelings followed by hitting a wall and being extremely tired. The Nutanix conference was chalked filled with announcements but the most powering to me were the ones related to DR and Backup. AHV being built with Cloud in mind is surging but adoption has been slowed by 3rd Party backup support. You can have this great automated hypevisor with best in class management but if you can’t back it up easily it will curb adoption.

This number will grow rapidly now with all of the backup and DR

This number will grow rapidly now with all of the backup and DR options

So before .Next 2017 DR and Backup Options for AHV included:
Commvault with support for IntelliSnapp
• Time Stream – Native DR with Time Stream
o 1 node backup with the NX-1155
o Backup/DR to Storage Only Clusters
o Cloud Connect to AWS and Azure
o DR/Backup to a full cluster.
• Any backup software with agents

After .Next 2017 announcements for AHV Backup and DR support include:
HYCU from Comtrade – Rapidly deployed software using turn-key appliances. Great choice if you have some existing hardware that you can use or place onto Nutanix. Point, click, done. Check out more here.
Rubrik – A hardware based appliances that do the heavy lifting for you. Check out more here.
Veeam – Probably best known for making backup easy on ESXi have announced support for AHV later this year. Nutanix added Veeam as a Strategic Technology Partner within the Nutanix Elevate Alliance Partner Program. Going Green!
Druva – Nutanix users can now take full advantage of Druva Phoenix’s unique cloud-first approach, with centralized data management and security. Only ESXi today and agents with AHV but agentless support is coming. More here.
• Backup and DR to full Nutanix Clusters get near-sync to achieve very low RPO. Read more on near-sync here.
Xi Cloud Services, a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform that powers more than 6000 end-customers around the globe. This announcement marks another significant step towards the realization of our Enterprise Cloud vision – delivering a true cloud experience for any application, in any deployment model, using an open platform approach. For the first time, Nutanix software will be able to be consumed as a cloud service.

Maybe 50% for AHV is a lofty goal but I can see 40% by next year for new sales as people focus on their business rather than the day to day to headaches. With a very strong backing in backup and DR AHV growth will flourish.

Dec
14

Nutanix VirtIO for Windows

Nutanix has released VirtIO for Windows. I am still seeing people finding versions off the web which is fine but it could lead to other support issues. The Nutanix version is a qualified distribution of Windows drivers for AHV’s paravirtual devices. The automatic installer makes it pretty easy for anyone to get started. Both an ISO and MSI are available.

You can download the drivers from the support portal.

https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/static/supportTools

Nov
03

Acropolis Networking – Remove 1 Gb From The Bond

Every time a cluster gets destroyed for the next demo or next customer I find myself looking on the Nutanix Portal and searching how to remove 1 Gb nic from the default bond0. What alerts me to this call to action is the warning in Prism saying that the CVM is running on 1 Gb. This happens because IPMI use to be a requirement and there is a shared IPMI networking port. The default IPMI port is only 100 Mb on the older 3000 systems so you can use the shared port for IPMI which 1 Gb. The shared port will also serve other network from the hypervisor. I don’t really find to many customers using 1 Gb at all unless they are at robo site. A 10 Gb switch can be picked up for less than $5,000 bucks so price is usually not the issue but politics sure can be 🙂

If you log into anyone of the CVM’s you can quickly remove all of the 1 GB from the default bond.

Note: eth2 & eth3 are the 10 Gb links and eth1 & eth0 are the 1 Gb links.

Commands
manage_ovs show_uplinks -> shows which nics are in the bond for that host
manage_ovs –bond_name bond0 –interfaces 10g update_uplinks -> Only uses the 10 Gb uplinks for the bond
allssh manage_ovs –bond_name bond0 –interfaces 10g update_uplinks -> Adding the allssh to the command will run the command on all hosts in the cluster.


nutanix@NTNX-14SM15510075-A-CVM:10.20.27.29:~$ manage_ovs show_uplinks
Uplink ports: bond0
Uplink ifaces: eth3 eth2 eth1 eth0
nutanix@NTNX-14SM15510075-A-CVM:10.20.27.29:~$ manage_ovs --bond_name bond0 --interfaces 10g update_uplinks
2015-11-03 18:47:05 WARNING manage_ovs:298 Interface eth3 does not have link state
nutanix@NTNX-14SM15510075-A-CVM:10.20.27.29:~$ manage_ovs show_uplinks
Uplink ports: bond0
Uplink ifaces: eth3 eth2

allssh manage_ovs --bond_name bond0 --interfaces 10g update_uplinks
Executing manage_ovs --bond_name bond0 --interfaces 10g update_uplinks on the cluster
================== 10.20.27.29 =================
2015-11-03 18:49:27 WARNING manage_ovs:298 Interface eth3 does not have link state
================== 10.20.27.30 =================
2015-11-03 18:49:34 WARNING manage_ovs:298 Interface eth3 does not have link state
2015-11-03 18:49:34 INFO manage_ovs:341 Deleting OVS ports: bond0
2015-11-03 18:49:35 INFO manage_ovs:349 Adding bonded OVS ports: eth3 eth2
2015-11-03 18:49:37 INFO manage_ovs:411 Sending gratuitous ARPs for 10.20.27.26
================== 10.20.27.31 =================
2015-11-03 18:49:46 WARNING manage_ovs:298 Interface eth3 does not have link state
2015-11-03 18:49:46 INFO manage_ovs:341 Deleting OVS ports: bond0
2015-11-03 18:49:47 INFO manage_ovs:349 Adding bonded OVS ports: eth3 eth2
2015-11-03 18:49:49 INFO manage_ovs:411 Sending gratuitous ARPs for 10.20.27.27