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October 10, 2014updated 21 Oct 2016 3:56pm

Nutanix gets all flash on appliance and multiple sites

400km synchronous support across multiple data centres

By Sam

Nutanix, which brands itself the ‘first hyper-converged infrastructure vendor’ said it can deliver continuous data protection across multiple data centres using synchronous mirroring.

Branded as Metro Availability the service stretches storage for virtual machine clusters across two or more sites located up to 400km apart.

"Virtualisation teams can now non-disruptively migrate virtual machines between sites during planned maintenance events, providing continuous data protection with zero recovery point objective (RPO) and a near zero recovery time objective (RTO)," the company said.

"Unlike high availability solutions from legacy storage vendors, Nutanix Metro Availability enables customers to deploy different configurations for primary and secondary sites, and support one-to-many and many-to-one topologies. Customers are no longer forced to have identical platforms and hardware configurations at each site. Individual VMs can be mirrored across sites."

Appliance
At the same time Nutanix is shipping its NX-9000 storage appliance, claimed to be the industry’s first all-flash ‘hyper-converged platform’.

"Nutanix hyper-converged solutions are powering the most demanding applications and services in the most stringent IT environments around the globe," said Manoj Agrawal, senior director of engineering at Nutanix. "Our introduction of an all-flash converged platform and new Metro Availability further establishes Nutanix as the clear leader in one of the fastest growing segments in enterprise IT."

The appliance is built to run applications with large working sets, such as databases supporting online transaction processing (OLTP). Flash capacity is optimised using Nutanix’s scale-out compression and de-duplication technologies that leverage unused compute resources across all nodes in the cluster, avoiding performance bottlenecks common in both traditional storage and all-flash arrays that depend on dual-controller designs.

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The new NX-9000 demonstrates the flexibility of the Company’s web-scale architecture by delivering the right hardware resources for any workload, including different levels of compute and storage capacity, as well as the best storage technology and networking configuration for every deployment. And unlike other hyper-converged solutions, Nutanix does not force customers to accept a ‘one size fits all’ solution.

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