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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

How to leverage the new multiple datastore options of VDI-in-a-Box 5.2 – #VDIinaBox

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Another good Citrix blog post, thx Richard Khan!

Last year with version 5.1, VDI-in-a-Box introduced the ability to take advantage of two separate data stores, allowing VDI-in-a-Box to better leverage the direct attached storage of servers.  When using the Hyper-V or ESX hypervisors, VDI-in-a-Box allows you to define a second datastore to separate the storage of golden images, and linked clones.  Now with version 5.2 of VDI-in-a-Box we have introduced the option for a third datastore. In addition to the datastore options for golden images and desktops, there is now an option to store the personal vDisks associated with personal desktops on a separate datastore.  Administrators now have the ability to store images, desktops, and personal disks separately or together on the datastore of their choosing. Best of all, this option is available on all supported hypervisors.

Upon initial configuration, the vdiManager uses a single datastore. This primary datastore contains all of the golden images, desktop instances, and the vDisks associated with Personal Desktops.  Enabling the multiple datastore feature in vdiManager’s advanced properties makes it possible to separate these three types of data onto their own data stores.

The flexibility of multiple datastores can be leveraged by storing pooled desktops on an SSD datastore for improved IOPS performance.  Since pooled desktops…

Continue reading here!

//Richard

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