Advanced technology beats the competition, leading to record results

Applied Technologies are firmly of the opinion that Nutanix are leading the way in the Hyperconverged market, and their record finish to 2017 certainly backs this up. The final quarter was marked by record revenues, continued adoption of AHV (Acropolis Hypervisor), increased software-only sales and strong growth from OEM partners. Nutanix now have over 7,000 customers, up 87% year-on-year, and we’re sure their strong messages around a ‘one OS, one click’ approach is a stronger, more concise strategy than competition within the datacentre.

So why are Nutanix getting ahead of the competition? Well for starters, it has the broadest choice of hypervisors; as well as the familiarity being of great comfort to new adopters, it allows customers to make economically rational choices for their hypervisor, OS and application software licensing strategies. But it’s server-storage performance that also gives Nutanix an edge.

Nutanix eliminates the server-storage interconnect bottleneck by providing a hyperconverged solution that creates a single unified storage pool from server-side flash and locally attached spindles. This fundamental architectural advantage holds across all hypervisors and provides highly available, resilient and performant software defined storage (available as CIFS/SMB, NFS & iSCSI shares). Each Nutanix node is a server running a Hypervisor, which accesses the physical storage to provide the virtualised storage to the virtual machines.

Running Nutanix means Enterprises can run large-scale server virtualisation deployments, virtual desktop initiatives, test and development applications, and big data applications, while eliminating network-based storage. Customers will also benefit from a number of capabilities such as transparent failover of client access, offloaded data transfer (ODX) and TRIM.

Additional Benefits

Transparent failover of client access allows virtual machines on a hypervisor host to stay connected to storage and working, even though the server they were talking to fails. The failover capability allows the hypervisor server to recover and continue talking to different SMB server in a cluster if needed.

ODX support speeds up copy and move operations by offloading the entire operation to the storage system which orchestrates the reads and writes without reading data onto the server, buffering it and writing it back. Besides speed up, it cuts down on server CPU cycles, and results in a large server-client network traffic reduction.

TRIM support is another feature available to Nutanix hypervisor clusters. This feature allows the operating system to communicate the inactive block IDs to the storage system, which can then wipe these unused blocks internally. Trim support enables efficient garbage collection in SSDs and minimizes write amplification and flash cell wear.

Overall, Applied Technologies are certain that Nutanix will continue to provide a technology lead that other Hyperconverged vendors are going to have to work hard to keep up with. If you’re considering a Hyperconverged solution or want a friendly discussion about Nutanix, contact us now by completing the form below. Or visit our dedicated Hyperconverged site.

Larry Green
Hyperconverged Pre-Sales Specialist
larry.green@applied-tech.co.uk
Tel: 07766 517782

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