Organizations are looking for a data center solution that offers it all: agility, simplicity, scalability, automation, high availability, self-healing properties, cloud readiness and security – everything in one package. Today’s all-flash hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is the solution that provides all those advantages.
For those unfamiliar, HCI combines compute, network and storage in a single, efficient solution without the complexities of traditional storage approaches. HCI is designed to support any workload at any scale, managing global clusters from a single pane of glass. No longer is it necessary to manage separate compute, storage and networking – everything is delivered inside a single solution stack. HCI even provides advanced storage management functions like backup, recovery, replication, deduplication and compression.
One of the prime suppliers of HCI solutions is Presidio technology partner Nutanix. As an early leader in HCI software, Nutanix first provided its hyperconverged solutions on traditional storage technology running on spinning hard drives, delivering a measure of performance that sufficed for the needs of VDI workloads. Then, the company advanced to solid-state drives for accelerated performance to run more demanding workloads.
Now, Nutanix has embraced the latest Intel® Optane™ technology for the data center, advancing HCI performance while simplifying and automating IT operations.
Modern HCI requires maximum performance.
IT organizations that still depend on complex legacy infrastructures face a host of challenges: they’re not agile enough to scale quickly or cost-effectively, and their data is siloed, making IT provisioning a time-consuming task. Consequently, these challenges are compelling many organizations to modernize with hyperconverged solutions that support capacity and performance growth cost-effectively.
But, unlike traditional storage solutions, HCI performance is linked to the speed of the network. As networks get faster, customers need a reliable storage infrastructure to maintain those network speeds. And, they need reliable network connectivity to serve a proliferating number of devices. While customers would like to run more apps on HCI, doing so requires performance acceleration. There’s an expanding need for robust, high-intensity workloads like in-memory databases, virtualized environments, all requiring increased performance.
In short, HCI requires maximum performance, and more of it – today and in the future.
Nutanix® HCI on Intel® technology-based platforms answer customer needs
The newest Nutanix AOS platform delivers a high-performance, software-driven IT infrastructure stack that is agile, secure and scalable, with cloud-like simplicity and the cost predictability of a traditional on-prem infrastructure. Its fully distributed software platform architecture leverages the same web-scale engineering principles developed by leading cloud companies, integrating compute, virtualization, and storage environments into a single solution.
The high-performing Nutanix HCI solution features a pair of enabling technologies:
Operating in tandem, Blockstore and SPDK provide a highly efficient data path that’s compatible with leading hypervisors, enabling Nutanix to halve latency and optimize Intel® Optane™ SSDs for improved total cost of ownership.
Running Nutanix HCI software on Intel technology-based platforms delivers powerful advantages that legacy systems could never equal, including:
Intel and Nutanix have a long history of working closely together. In August 2020 they announced the launch of a joint Innovation Lab. Through this Lab, Nutanix and Intel collaborate closely to achieve the latest HCI optimizations and innovations, leveraging their respective technologies. These include:
In addition, the Nutanix HCI solution utilizes:
Accelerate your move to HCI performance.
Intel Optane persistent memory and Intel Optane SSDs are key to the acceleration that drives the Nutanix HCI platform with NVMe, supported by an array of Intel processing and networking technologies for the hyperconverged data center. Together, these ingredients deliver superior performance and latency improvements under real-world testing conditions.
As HCI solutions continue to mature, Nutanix is expanding possibilities through leading-edge technologies and next-gen software enhancements. Presidio combines Nutanix and Intel technologies to achieve that performance with integrated, end-to-end solution offerings made possible through a longstanding partnership. Presidio works with a wide range of customers to provide the ideal HCI solutions to match each organization’s unique technology requirements. We have more than 15 certified engineers for Nutanix, offering consulting and other professional services.