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New #Nutanix Platforms for Graphics, Performance and Economical Storage – #IaaS, #XenDesktop, #BYOD, #NVIDIA

November 21, 2013 Leave a comment

This is really cool!!! Great job as usual Nutanix!!

Introducing New Platforms for Graphics, Performance
and Economical Storage

Enterprises continue to embrace converged scale-out architectures to make their datacenters simpler and easier to manage. Nutanix—the leader in converged infrastructure—brings these benefits to all parts of enterprise IT, providing the flexibility and power to run any virtual workload within a single infrastructure. Nutanix has added several new products to its family of Virtual Computing Platforms:


NX-7000 series platform for
powering graphics intensive users

Virtual desktop computing has become mainstream in all size organizations, and throughout all industries. Despite its successful and pervasive enterprise deployment, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has been unable to deliver many graphics-intensive applications and services with the same level of performance as when running on physical workstations.

To address this need, Nutanix has partnered with NVIDIA and Teradici to broaden its VDI portfolio, and integrate cutting edge acceleration for graphics rich desktops. The NX-7110 supports configurations with both NVIDIA GRID K1 

Nvidia, Teradiciand K2 GPU technology, as well as Teradici PCoIP APEX cards. The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform is the industry’s first converged infrastructure to support every type of VDI user, from task and knowledge workers to power and data scientists. Leveraging VMware’s SVGA driver technology along with NVIDIA GRID, the NX-7000 supports multiple rendering models, including Soft 3D, vSGA and vDGA.

Existing Nutanix environments can dynamically deploy NX-7110 appliances into a unified cluster that is centrally managed, while maintaining graphics intensive users in a separate desktop pool. Additional benefits include the delivery of maximum compatibility and portability to any user. For the first time, organizations have the confidence to move away from more expensive and rigid physical workstations, and virtualize their entire portfolio of desktops. The NX-7110 is now generally available.

 


NX-6020 delivers more economical
data storage

The NX-6020 supports VMs with very large datasets, such as SQL databases, big data 

analytics projects and VDI deployments with full clones. It provides a 25% increase in available capacity. With both in-line and post-pr

ocess compression, it delivers between 42TB and 68TB of effective capacity in a space-efficient 2U platform. In addition, Nutanix has focused on cost-reducing other components within the appliance delivering a more economical data storage solution.

 


NX-3000/6000 series gets more powerful CPUs for 30% faster performance

Nutanix has updated the existing NX-3000 and NX-6000 product families with four new platforms featuring Intel’s Ivy Bridge server CPUs. As a 100% software-defined solution, Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform can rapidly adopt new technologies.

These new appliances benefit from 25% more CPU cores, faster clock speeds and a reduced power profile. This translates to a 30% increase in performance for VMs running on Nutanix, as well as support for higher VM densities. Each of these new platforms can be seamlessly added to any existing Nutanix cluster to immediately take advantage of the most advanced CPU technologies.

Read more here!

//Richard

#Citrix #XenServer and #XenDesktop, platforms for CAD – Grid, #vGPU, #NVidia

This is really cool! And I like the innovation that Citrix and NVIDIA is doing around solving this puzzle! Keep up the great job!

For many traditional CAD, CAE and PLM based industries with rigorous product lifecycle control such as Automotive and Aerospace, virtualisation has been approached with caution. CAD moves slowly and the cost of change is large and concerns over network speed, security and the maturity of solutions meant many held off, surveying the Cloud and virtualisation from afar, waiting to see if the benefits outweighed the risks. 

This week, with a tech preview of GPU hardwaresharing for VDI; Citrix and NVIDIA introduced another piece to what is now a very compelling portfolio that delivers all the elements needed to virtualise CAD and PLM on large scales. Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop really have become the natural CAD and PLM platform.

vGPU – True hardware GPU sharing

Complementing Citrix’s existing GPU passthrough and GPU hardware sharing for Windows Server workloads,this new technology enables the benefits of GPU acceleration to be exploited at lower costs. GPU passthrough has been in use for a while, enabling designers like those at Boeing to work using applications such as Dassault CATIA remotely. Our existing software GPU sharing technologies have proved great at delivering graphically intensive applications such as Dassault SolidWorks, Ansys Workbench and Fluent and Autodesk Applications. By offering the full portfolio of GPU passthrough and true hardware shared GPUs via vGPU, Citrix’s portfolio offers organisations the best possible flexibility to optimise their usage of GPU technologies. Mayunk has detailed the options available and I’d recommendhis blog post and guides to explore the options.

We’ve been working not only with NVIDIA on their newest GRID cards but also the major server vendorssuch as HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM and Supermicro to ensure these technologies are fine tuned for theXenServer Hypervisor to maximise performance with the NVIDIA GPUs. HP themselves have produced aninsightful guide on the benefits of vGPU over other technologies.

Those who work in CAD know that for every designer designing…

Continue reading here!

//Richard

#Citrix #XenServer Multiple Security Updates released

February 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Severity: Medium

Description of Problem

A number of security vulnerabilities have been identified in Citrix XenServer. These vulnerabilities affect all currently supported versions of Citrix XenServer up to and including version 6.1.

The following vulnerabilities have been addressed:

• interrupt remap entries shared and old ones not cleared on AMD IOMMUs (CVE-2013-0153)

• oxenstored incorrect handling of certain Xenbus ring states (CVE-2013-0215)

• Linux netback DoS via malicious guest ring (CVE-2013-0216, CVE-2013-0217)

• Linux pciback DoS via not rate limited log messages (CVE-2013-0231)

What Customers Should Do

Hotfixes have been released to address these issues in all supported versions and update levels of Citrix XenServer. Citrix recommends that customers using Citrix XenServer identify and apply all the hotfixes that relate to their deployed versions.

Customers using XenServer with AMD CPUs that pass through PCI devices (e.g. using the GPU passthrough feature) should review the hotfix release notes below for more information relevant to their specific deployments.

Continue reading and download updates here!

//Richard

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