Converged Infrastructure Solutions with Nutanix

With many IT shops still performing their own integration work, virtualizion implementations take far too long to complete the infrastructure deployments (e.g., backup, compute, disaster recovery, high availability, networking, recovery, storage and more.) In many cases, deployments can take weeks or even months before they are fully complete. Enter converged infrastructure solutions.

Converged infrastructure solutions do more than simply deliver all of the hardware and software components necessary to host and run virtualization. They also dramatically reduce the time it takes for organizations to get their virtualized applications up and running. This combination of speed and ease in which these converged infrastructure solutions are deployed foretells how data centers both large and small will eventually expect their virtualization deployments to take place.

Converged infrastructures can be sized with anticipated workloads in mind, enabling organizations to be much more competitive – agile if you believe all of the vendor hype. In other words, organizations can accelerate application deployments, which in turn enables them to respond to the markets those applications, serve with increased readiness and dexterity. Now deployments that once took weeks can realistically be done in days.

Virtualization and Management

Converged infrastructures require a hypervisor(s) to provide the benefits organizations and their customers need. When the current capabilities of hypervisors in a non-converged environment are applied in feature-rich software and combined with purpose-built and tightly-integrated hardware, the end result is very powerful.

As a Nutanix partner, Sagewood Systems believes in the converged solution. Nutanix delivers enterprise compute and storage through the deployment of commodity computing servers (called nodes) which each run a standard hypervisor and the Nutanix Operating System (NOS). Each server contains Intel processors, memory, Solid State Drives and traditional hard drives, and when added into a cluster aggregates storage resources into a single storage pool. Capacity is added by adding a node to the computing cluster.

We built a proof of concept for a large scale deployment using the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor and Citrix XenDesktop. Unlike conventional NAS solutions, the cluster was up and running with three nodes in a day. The performance was unmatched by traditional NAS approach and handled 500 desktops.