May
01

Acropolis Container Services on #Nutanix

This is the first release of a turnkey solution for deploying Docker containers in a Nutanix cluster. Instead of swiping your credit card for AWS EC2 you can deploy your containers through the built in Self Service Portal. Now it’s not all totally new because Nutanix previously released a volume plug-in for Docker. What is new is:

* The Acropolis Container Services(ACS) provisions multiple VMs as container machines to run Docker
containers on them.
* Containers are deployed apart of projects. In projects, users can deploy VM’s or containers. You can assign quotas to the projects over, storage, CPU and memory.
* ACS can use the public Docker registry is provided by default, but if you have a separate Docker registry you
want to use, configure access to that registry as well.
* One-Click upgrades for the Container machines.
* Basic monitoring with a containers view in the self-service portal allows you to view summary information about containers connected to this portal and access detailed information about each container.

    Jun
    22

    Nutanix Volume API and Containers #dockercon

    When I first heard that Nutanix was creating a Volume API to give access to virtual machines via iSCSI I thought it was just arming our customers another option in running MS Exchange. I was sitting in Acropolis training last week and it dawned on me how great this will be for containers and OpenStack. So what is Nutanix Volume API all about?

    The volumes API exposes back-end NDFS storage to guest operating system, physical hosts, and containers through iSCSI. iSCSI support allows any operating system to use the storage capabilities of NDFS. In this deployment scenario, the operating system works directly with Nutanix storage bypassing any hypervisor.

    Volumes API consists of the following entities:

    Volume group
    iSCSI target and group of disk devices.
    Disks
    Storage devices in the volume group (displayed as LUNs for the iSCSI target).
    Attachment
    Allowing a specified initiator IQN access to the volume group.

    The following image shows an example of a VM running on Nutanix with its operating system hosted on the Nutanix storage, mounting the volumes directly.

    volume1

    Now your OpenStack and containers instances can be blown away and your data will persist! I think this is a big plus for Nutanix and containers running on the Acropolis hypervisor. Future integration with Docker Plugins should now be easier.

    Jun
    15

    Nutanix Tech Preview: Prism Management for Containers

    Below is a video of Prism being able to manage containers either virtual or based in AWS. Watch as containers are deployed on Acropolis and AWS.