Nutanix software is installed on pre-validated hardware. In this lab, the hardware is Nutanix branded SuperMicro gear. Nutanix offers a variety of hardware to choose from including (but not limited to):
Each of these vendors offers slightly different forms of support for customers. OEM solutions will be single vendor support through the chosen platform and software-only solutions (such as Nutanix running on top of Cisco) will be Nutanix support as first call, but vendor-specific for hardware replacement.
A customer can choose units that are right-sized for the needs, which include 1U and 2U options, that have different advantages to meet application requirements. The building block approach to the solution can start with as little as a single node for very small sites, to hundreds for large enterprises.
The Nutanix software offers a variety of features that include, but are not limited to:
- Intuitive HTML5 centralized management
- Virtual machine management and configuration
- Storage management and configuration
- Network management and configuration
- Detailed environment metrics and analytics
This lab will walk a user through some basic concepts and the Nutanix Prism interface. It is highly recommended to have HCI concepts before going through the lab. You can get a primer on hyper-converged infrastructure as well as a specialized look at Nutanix.