What’s .NEXT 2016 – Self Service Restore

Nutanix is all about making the datacenter infrastructure invisible and that means reducing the users dependancy on the infrastructure administrator/s.

Self service file restores is another step towards this is Nutanix new functionality which allows users to perform self service restores of files without the intervention of the Nutanix administrator.

This feature is also designed for departmental or multi-tenant environments as it restricts access to only the appropriate snapshots for the specific virtual machine.

This functionality comes courtesy of the Nutanix Guest Tools (NGT) which will continue to provide increasing functionality over time, but for now, backup/restores are just a little bit easier and one less thing for infrastructure administrators to worry about.

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Why Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) is the next generation hypervisor – Part 8 – Analytics (Performance / Capacity Management)

Acropolis provides a powerful yet simple-to-use Analysis solution which covers the Acropolis Platform, Compute (Acropolis Hypervisor / Virtual Machines) and Storage (Distributed Storage Fabric).

Unlike other Analysis solutions, Acropolis requires no additional software licensing, management infrastructure or virtual machines/applications to design/deploy or configure. The Nutanix Controller VM includes built-in Analysis which have no external dependencies. There is no need to extract/import data into another product or Virtual appliance meaning lower overheads e.g.: Less data is required to be stored and less impact on storage.

Not only is this capability built in day one, but as the environment grows over time, Acropolis automatically scales the analytics capability; there is never a tipping point where you need to deploy additional instances, increase compute/storage resources assigned to Analytics Virtual Appliances or deploy additional back end databases.

For a demo of the Analysis UI see the following YouTube Video from 4:50 onwards.


  1. In-Built analysis solution
  2. No additional licensing required
  3. No design/implementation or deployment of VMs/appliances required
  4. Automatically scales as the XCP cluster/s grow

Lower overheads due to being built into Acropolis and utilizing the Distributed Storage Fabric

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Why Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) is the next generation hypervisor – Part 1 – Introduction

Before I go into the details of why Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) is the next generation of hypervisor, I wanted to quickly cover what the Xtreme Computing Platform is made up of and clarify the product names which will be discussed in this series.

In the below picture we can see Prism which is a HTML 5 based user interface sits on top of Acropolis which is a Distributed Storage and Application Mobility across multi-hypervisors and public clouds.

At the bottom we can see the currently support hardware platforms from Supermicro and Dell (OEM) but recently Nutanix has announced an OEM with Lenovo which expands customer choice further.

Please do not confuse Acropolis with Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) as these are two different components, Acropolis is the platform which can run vSphere, Hyper-V and/or the Acropolis Hypervisor which will be referred to in this series as AHV.

I want to be clear before I get into the list of why AHV is the next generation hypervisor that Nutanix is a hypervisor and cloud agnostic platform designed to give customers flexibility & choice.

The goal of this series is not trying to convince customers who are happy with their current environment/s to change hypervisors.

The goal is simple, to educate current and prospective customers (as well as the broader market) about some of the advantages / values of AHV which is one of the hypervisors (Hyper-V, ESXi and AHV) supported on the Nutanix XCP.

Here are my list of reasons as to why the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform based on AHV is the next generation hypervisor/management platform and why you should consider the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (with Acropolis Hypervisor a.k.a AHV) as the standard platform for your datacenter.

Why Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) is the next generation hypervisor

Part 2 – Simplicity
Part 3 – Scalability
Part 4 – Security
Part 5 – Resiliency
Part 6 – Performance
Part 7 – Agility (Time to Value)
Part 8 – Analytics (Performance & Capacity Management)
Part 9 – Functionality (Coming Soon)
Part 10 – Cost

NOTE:  For a high level summary of this series, please see the accompanying post by Steve Kaplan, VP of Client Strategy at Nutanix (@ROIdude)