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New Validated Reference Architecture Delivers Flexibility and Performance for Microsoft Private Cloud Deployments, Including Windows Azure Pack

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – July 8, 2014Nutanix, the web-scale converged infrastructure company, today announced validation of its private cloud reference architecture using Microsoft Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and System Center. Customers can use any model of the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform to create their own Microsoft Private Cloud. The configuration was validated by Microsoft for their Private Cloud Fast Track program and includes Windows Azure Pack, which enables organizations to deploy a turnkey, on-premises private cloud and true IT as a Service (ITaaS) environment. The Nutanix and Microsoft reference architecture provides faster deployments, reduced risk and lower cost of ownership using web-scale converged infrastructure.

With the rise of virtualization comes the need for IT infrastructure that is aligned with both virtualization and the cloud. Microsoft has developed the Private Cloud Fast Track program to create reference architectures for building flexible and highly scalable private clouds. This program combines Microsoft software, consolidated expert guidance and validated configurations with computing, network and storage architecture partners. The Private Cloud Fast Track program utilizes the core capabilities of the Windows Server 2012 operating system, plus Hyper-V technology and System Center to deliver the building blocks of private cloud infrastructure.

The Nutanix web-scale converged architecture allows organizations to start small and minimize upfront investments, and scale infrastructure on demand while delivering excellent performance for workloads such as Microsoft Exchange™ and SQL Server®, Citrix XenDesktop® and XenApp® and Oracle® databases. In addition, the Nutanix Prism management framework, in conjunction with System Center, intuitively organizes and presents compute and storage infrastructure and VM information at-a-glance for Nutanix clusters in single or multiple locations.  

The Nutanix validated reference architecture also incorporates the Windows Azure Pack into its design. This brings the power of Microsoft Azure technologies into the private cloud and facilitates a rich, self-service, multi-tenant hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure-consistent experiences and services.

Highlights

  • Nutanix web-scale converged infrastructure solution has been validated in a Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track and Windows Azure Pack reference architecture, speeding up deployments and enabling on-premise multi-tenant, self-service cloud capability
  • Start small with 3-node configurations and linearly scale to 100+ systems per cluster; add additional Nutanix nodes without the need to tune for more performance and capacity
  • Eliminate need for a separate storage system along with the associated complexity and performance bottlenecks
  • Deploy infrastructure for private clouds in just hours and eliminate as much as 50 percent management overhead versus traditional datacenter infrastructure
  • Ability to continuously operate, even if an entire node goes offline, using tunable redundancy for data, VMCaliber snapshots and replication plus a design free of any single points of failure

Microsoft Architecture

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V
    • Hyper-V for the Hypervisor
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 for guest server VMs
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2Windows Azure Pack
    • System Center Orchestrator
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
    • System Center Operations Manager

Nutanix Architecture

  • Nutanix NX-3000 Series and NX-6000 Series Virtual Computing Platform running Nutanix OS 4.0.1 or later
    • Start with minimum of 3 and add additional nodes
    • Built-in dial 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for VM connectivity

Quotes

“We are excited to work with Nutanix on the validated Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track reference architecture,” said Claude Lorenson, senior product manager, cloud and enterprise marketing, Microsoft. “The Nutanix web-scale infrastructure is an ideal complement to the Microsoft Cloud OS built on Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Together with Windows Azure Pack, this architecture provides our joint customers with an efficient, high performance, and agile solution for running all their virtual server and desktop workloads in an hybrid cloud.”

“We are extremely pleased to have closely worked with Microsoft to bring to market a validated reference architecture for Microsoft Private Cloud and Windows Azure Pack,” said Venugopal Pai, vice president of global alliances and business development, Nutanix. “The validated design will help enterprises and service providers realize the time to deployment, efficiency and scalability benefits of the Microsoft Cloud OS and Nutanix web-scale architecture. Through ongoing engagement and product efforts, we are continuing to help our joint customers and channel partners derive greater returns from their cloud projects.”

“Moving to a private and hybrid cloud model is the next logical step for virtualization in today’s datacenter,” said Christophe Isard, sales director, Diademys. “We are excited to work with Nutanix and Microsoft to help our clients make the seamless transition to this model, and gain all the agility and productivity benefits of an efficient and scalable cloud environment. The Nutanix web-scale solution for Windows Azure Pack and Diademys services together provide our customers with a solid foundation for deploying VDI and critical enterprise workloads on their own on-premises private cloud.”

Resources

  • For more information about how to accelerate your journey to the cloud with Nutanix for Microsoft environments, read the Microsoft and Nutanix Solutions Brief.
  • To access the technical Microsoft and Nutanix reference architecture including Windows Azure Pack, go here.
  • To register for the Nutanix and Microsoft Webinar on July 22 at 10 a.m. PDT go here.
  • To learn more about the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform, go here.
  • To watch the Nutanix introduction video, go here

About Nutanix

Nutanix delivers web-scale converged IT infrastructure to medium and large enterprises with its software-driven Virtual Computing Platform, natively converging compute and storage into a single solution to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a few servers and scale to thousands, with predictable performance and economics. With a patented elastic data fabric and consumer-grade management, Nutanix is the blueprint for application-optimized and policy-driven infrastructure. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow up on Twitter @nutanix.

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