Nutanix has released an update of the software for its converged compute and storage platform for data centres, adding the ability to manage multiple Nutanix clusters from a single console and a distributed deduplication technology designed to boost available storage capacity.
Due for release at the end of April, Nutanix Operating System (NOS) 4.0 delivers a host of new features and improvements designed to boost operational effectiveness and add the ability to handle unpredictable growth, the firm said.
The first of these is Prism Central, a tool that allows administrators to manage multiple Nutanix clusters across many different locations within a single pane of glass. This will make it easier for IT teams to centrally manage resources across their organisation, including those in branch offices and remote sites. It also provides an aggregate view of health and resources across all clusters, while allowing an administrator to drill down and manage a single cluster.
Meanwhile, Nutanix has expanded on the deduplication already available in its platform with a new MapReduce Deduplication technology. This is highly distributed and automatically runs on all nodes in a cluster, allowing it to scale out as the cluster grows and boosting the effective storage capacity, the firm said.
MapReduce Deduplication, together with real-time performance deduplication already available in the system, makes the Virtual Computing Platform ideal for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, virtualised server workload environments and backup/archiving environments.
The Nutanix platform itself is designed for virtualisation, with each compute node including its own internal tiered storage rather than relying on a storage area network (SAN). The platform is designed to scale by adding extra nodes, which are clustered together by NOS.
While this has seen Nutanix finding favour among large organisations building out a private cloud environment, Rajiv Mirani, vice president of engineering at the firm, said its platform can deliver simplicity and agility at any scale.
"We're very excited to release these new capabilities and improvements to assist enterprise IT leaders looking for an alternative to the slow pace of traditional IT. NOS 4.0 will continue to reshape routine IT workflows in a fundamental way," he said.
Earlier this year, Nutanix added support for Microsoft's Hyper-V to its existing support for VMware and KVM, covering the three most widely used virtualisaton technologies.
Nutanix OS 4.0 will be available to customers with current maintenance agreements at no extra cost, the firm said.
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