Dec
14

What is Nutanix CALM?

Nutanix Calm allows you to seamlessly select, provision, and manage your business applications across your infrastructure for both the private and public clouds. Nutanix Calm provides App lifecycle, monitoring and remediation to manage your heterogeneous infrastructure, for example, VMs or bare-metal servers. Nutanix Calm supports multiple platforms so that you can use the single self-service and automation interface to manage all your infrastructure. Nutanix Calm provides an interactive and user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) to manage your infrastructure.

Features of Nutanix Calm

Application Lifecycle Management: Automates the provision and deletion of both traditional multi-tiered applications and modern distributed services by using pre-integrated blueprints that make management of applications simple in both private (AHV) and public cloud (AWS).

Customizable Blueprints: Simplifies the setup and management of custom enterprise applications by incorporating the elements of each app, including relevant VMs, configurations and related binaries into an easy-to-use blueprint that can be managed by the infrastructure team. More Info on Blueprints.

Nutanix Marketplace:
Publishes the application blueprints directly to the end users through Marketplace.

Governance: Maintains control with role-based governance thereby limiting the user operations that are based on the permissions.

Hybrid Cloud Management
: Automates the provisioning of a hybrid cloud architecture, scaling both multi-tiered and distributed applications across cloud environments, including AWS.

Apr
12

DevOps at Target & .Next

I was trying to find some examples of companies that weren’t just web companies using DevOps to change their business. I stumbled across the below video of Heather (@hmmickman) and Ross (@rossclanton) that talk about their teams and company’s story about getting aboard the DevOps train. The thing that I heard above people and process was API’s. Even with the use of a few API’s, automation can be used to change the game in your environment.

DevOps - Target

Target’s use of API’s

In the context of test and dev environments(production too) it’s automation that drives cost down. Hypervisors like Nutanix’s Linux KVM version offers something unique in that department being hyper-converged. Imagine having something that has predictable performance, the ability to quickly deploy your applications with VAAI, run docker containers, deploy and move nodes around the environment, attach storage automatically, use Packer to build consistent environments for KVM, ESXi and your local desktop. They’re so many choices to get the job done today, it’s really exciting to see all the options today. Puppet Chef, Salt and so on. I would encourage people to register for .Next and see what the future has in store with you and Nutanix.

DevOpsDays Minneapolis 2014 — Heather Mickman & Ross Clanton, DevOps at TGT from devopsdays on Vimeo.

Apr
07

Nutanix is DevOps Kungfu, are you?

While this video is about DevOps, I think it can be applied to most if not all businesses if you want to be successful. Adam Jacob mentions in the below video, “Do not be timid about the scope or the influence – we are re-inventing the way we run businesses”. Nutanix does have lofty goals but that’s apart of the lure of Nutanix. Would you want to be apart of something that is mediocre? Web-scale gets poked at but that’s cool, it’s all about the end state plus life is too short to take everything seriously.

Some of the other points really resonate with me when interacting with sales, engineering and product management at Nutanix:

  • Design for the safety, contentment, knowledge and freedom of both your peers and your customers.
  • Each choice you make needs to make life better for the humans involved
  • The ability for individuals to act without fear of unintended consequences
  • Access to knowledge is a leading indicator of social progress.
  • Pull over Push – The “Pull” of demand aligns process and resources, rather than the “Push” of central planning and prediction
  • Empowerment
  • Small batches, near term hypothesis – validation comes from customers

DevOps doesn’t have to be technical, It’s about you figuring out what works in your environment. Are you DevOps Kungfu?