Nutanix AOS 5.9 (STS), what’s new?

Released today is the latest version of AOS with new features in AOS (and some bug fixes too), available only for customers comfortable using the Short Term Support (STS) release cycle. At a high level the new and updates to existing functionality: Rack Awareness Metro Cluster Support for Microsoft's Hyper-V ABS (Acropolis Block Services) Support … Continue reading Nutanix AOS 5.9 (STS), what’s new?

Nutanix AOS 5.8 (STS)

Today sees the release of the next raft of features in AOS (and some bug fixes of course), available only for customers comfortable using the Short Term Support (STS) release cycle. At a high level the new and updates to existing functionality: Erasure Coding with Block Awareness SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) Authentication Support in … Continue reading Nutanix AOS 5.8 (STS)

Nutanix release their own Local Key Manager

As part of the AOS 5.8 release, Nutanix has released their own Local Key Management server (aka Native Key Manager within Nutanix). The positive note here is this offers customers a route to remove the dependency on 3rd Party external Key Management Servers (KMS) for Data-at-Rest encryption (DAR). Hypervisors Supported AHV, VMware ESXi and Microsoft … Continue reading Nutanix release their own Local Key Manager

Nutanix move to STS & LTS releases

Earlier this year Nutanix divided their release cycle into two streams, which is not uncommon amongst global software vendors. The terms Short Term Support and Long Term Support mean exactly that and customers will be able to choose a release of AOS that suits their approach to updating platforms. Customers can read more about this via … Continue reading Nutanix move to STS & LTS releases

What is One-Click?

A phrase used throughout Nutanix messaging, one-click upgrades, simply put is full automation for updating / patching an entire Nutanix environment - software as well as hardware. Using a tool removes the need for an administrator to review webpages of release code, determining whether it's applicable then cross referencing through an interoperability matrix. No errors, … Continue reading What is One-Click?

Native Data Protection

Overview Incorporated into the Prism management console AOS presents synchronous and asynchronous options to protect virtual machines (VMs). The process uses re-direct on write (ROW) snapshots at the Nutanix Distributed Storage Fabric (NDFS) level and doesn't require any interaction with the host's hypervisor. So why isn't the hypervisor used, they have snapshot APIs? Hypervisor snapshots … Continue reading Native Data Protection