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Nutanix adds Microsoft Hyper-V support to its converged compute and storage platform

14 Jan 2014
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Data centre infrastructure firm Nutanix has added support for Microsoft's Hyper-V to its platform, meaning that it now has support for the three most commonly used hypervisors to drive its converged compute and storage hardware.

Nutanix said the move enables its customers to run workloads on the hypervisor of their choice, and delivers a common data fabric to power data centres running different workloads across multiple virtualisation technologies.

The firm's products are designed as a converged compute platform for virtualisation, using tiered storage attached directly to each compute node instead of relying on a storage area network (SAN). The first release supported VMware's hypervisor, with support for KVM coming in the Nutanix OS 3.0 update.

This latest update, available immediately, adds support for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, but is not a complete new version of the Nutanix OS, which was updated to version 3.5 last year. It is available at no cost to new customers and to existing customers with a valid Nutanix support agreement.

Nutanix said the update provides the same capabilities when running on Hyper-V as customers already get with the VMware or KVM version of the platform.

Rajiv Mirani, vice president of engineering at Nutanix, said: "Native Microsoft support provides feature parity for all data centre capabilities so there is zero compromise of server or storage functionality, regardless of the hypervisor deployed."

With the update, Nutanix said its platform provides the broadest range of hypervisor platforms and compatibility for common enterprise workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. In particular, it provides a storage-efficient solution for deploying Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp running on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V.

Nutanix has several reference architectures available on its website for deployments including Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon Suite.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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