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Nutanix Prism / AHV

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Solution Overview
Nutanix software is installed on pre-validated hardware. In this lab, the hardware is Dell XC, which is an OEM relationship between Nutanix and Dell. Nutanix offers a variety of hardware to chose from including:
  • SuperMicro
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • HPE
  • Lenovo
  • KLAS

Each of these vendors offer 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. This environment is mostly used for live demo of the Nutanix portfolio and capabilities. No performance testing should be done on this platform.

The Nutanix software which is installed on top of the Dell hardware 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

Goals & Objectives

In this lab, the Nutanix software has already been pre-deployed. You may easily walk through the Nutanix HTML5 Prism interface to familiarize yourself with single cluster management, running AHV, on a daily basis. 

After completing the lab, you should be able to:
  1. Understand the main dashboard
  2. Check overall health of the systems
  3. Take a look at VM management interface and create new VMs
  4. Storage management and datastore creation
  5. Snapshot creation and replication
  6. Performance dashboard overview and customization
  7. Overview of Alerts and Events
  8. Basic environment settings and configuration

Hardware & Software

Environment Details
Please note that this hardware is strictly to be used for demo purposes. No performance tests should be performed on these nodes. 

Dell Nutanix XC630 
  • 4 Dell XC630 rack servers
  • Per Node Specs
    • 2 x CPU Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 (6 cores, 2.4 GHz)
    • Memory 192Gb
    • Local Disk: 
      • 1 x 200Gb eMLC 2.5 SAS SSD
      • 6 x 1TB 7.2K 2.5 SAS HDD

Installed Software
  • Nutanix AHV - KVM based Hypervisor supported by Nutanix
  • Nutanix Prism Central - Multiple cluster central management and analytics
  • Nutanix Calm - Automation and Orchestration engine 
  • Nutanix Files - Native file share capability with built-in analytics

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