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Two 'industry firsts' added to virtual computing platform, says Nutanix Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Oct. 14, 2014
The new innovations are a direct response to customer demands, said Nutanix MD Lim Pun Kok.

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Photo - Lim Pun Kok, Managing Director, Asean, Nutanix

According to web-scale infrastructure firm Nutanix, two new industry-firsts have been added to its Virtual Computing Platform in Malaysia to help meet the most demanding applications and critical infrastructure requirements in the datacentre.

Nutanix Asean managing director Lim Pun Kok said the new all-Flash NX-9000 appliance was "the industry's first all-flash hyper-converged platform, delivering scale-out storage for applications that demand exceptionally fast performance. With Metro Availability, Nutanix becomes the only hyper-converged infrastructure vendor to deliver continuous data protection across multiple datacentres."  

Lim said the new innovations were to meet customer demands for flexible hyper-converged solutions to power any workload at the highest performance, and for deployment into any enterprise infrastructure.

"Nutanix hyper-converged solutions are powering the most demanding applications and services in the most stringent IT environments around the globe," he said. "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."

This new appliance confirmed Nutanix's ongoing commitment to high-performance flash technology, which has now been incorporated into every Nutanix solution, added Lim.

 Flash capacity

"The new NX-9000 appliance is built to run applications with large working sets, such as databases supporting online transaction processing (OLTP)," he said. "These applications need exceptionally fast storage performance, but also demand predictable and consistent l/O latency that flash can deliver."

Lim said, "Flash capacity has been optimised by using the company'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."

He said that unlike all-flash arrays (AFAs), the NX-9000 delivered efficient storage resources and lowers operational complexities and costs. Specifically, Nutanix provided:
- True Scale-Out Storage: Nutanix customers increase storage capacity and overall storage performance simply by adding nodes, one-at-a-time, non-disruptively. A single datastore can be scaled linearly with no upper limits, eliminating any risk of insufficient storage capacity.
- More Efficient Performance: With the Nutanix hyper-converged architecture, data is localized for each application so that read requests are handled directly by server-attached flash, avoiding read-heavy traffic and network latency inherent in the deployment of all-flash arrays
- Greater Application Support:  Unlike popular AFAs, Nutanix all-flash platforms deliver high performance for all applications and all I/O sizes, eliminating uncertainty when provisioning storage for different workload types

"Nutanix is the first hyper-converged infrastructure vendor to deliver continuous data protection across multiple datacentres, said Lim. "Using synchronous mirroring, Metro Availability stretches datastores for virtual machine clusters across two or more sites located up to 400km apart. All functionality is natively integrated into Nutanix software, and supported across all Nutanix platforms with no hardware changes. Enterprise IT teams benefit from improved business operations by maintaining application availability during planned and unplanned site downtime."


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