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NF103: Choosing The Right Nutanix Platform


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Finish the journey! You understand the power of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software. You’ve identified the applications for your new infrastructure. Now choose which hardware platform is best for your Nutanix environment. A Nutanix platform manager will detail the differences between appliance models, and answer common questions: When should I deploy an all-flash platform? What about NVMe? Should I use Nutanix appliances, or hardware from Dell, Lenovo, IBM, Cisco UCS® or others? Learn everything you need to know about Nutanix hardware options.

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NF103: Choosing The Right Nutanix Platform

  1. 1. NF103: Choosing the Right Nutanix-based Platform Marc Trouard-Riolle, Product Marketing | @mtrouardriolle Saveen Pakala, Product Management | @saveenpakala Anton Zhbankov, Systems Engineering | @antonvirtual
  2. 2. Forward-­‐Looking  Statement  Disclaimer This  presentation  and  the  accompanying  oral  commentary  may  include  express  and  implied  forward-­‐looking  statements,  including  but not  limited   to  statements  concerning  our  business  plans  and  objectives,  product  features  and  technology  that  are  under  development  or  in  process  and   capabilities  of  such  product  features  and  technology,  our  plans  to  introduce  product  features  in  future  releases,  the  implementation  of  our  products   on  additional  hardware  platforms,  strategic  partnerships  that  are  in  process,  product  performance,  competitive  position,  industry  environment,  and   potential  market  opportunities.  These  forward-­‐looking  statements  are  not  historical  facts,  and  instead  are  based  on  our  current  expectations,   estimates,  opinions  and  beliefs.    The  accuracy  of  such  forward-­‐looking  statements  depends  upon  future  events,  and  involves  risks,  uncertainties  and   other  factors  beyond  our  control  that  may  cause  these  statements  to  be  inaccurate  and  cause  our  actual  results,  performance  or  achievements  to   differ  materially  and  adversely  from  those  anticipated  or  implied  by  such  statements,  including,  among  others:  failure  to  develop,  or  unexpected   difficulties  or  delays  in  developing,  new  product  features  or  technology  on  a  timely  or  cost-­‐effective  basis;  delays  in  or  lack  of  customer  or  market   acceptance  of  our  new  product  features  or  technology;  the  failure  of  our  software  to  interoperate  on  different  hardware  platforms;  failure  to  form,   or  delays  in  the  formation  of,  new  strategic  partnerships  and  the  possibility  that  we  may  not  receive  anticipated  results  from  forming  such  strategic   partnerships;  the  introduction,  or  acceleration  of  adoption  of,  competing  solutions,  including  public  cloud  infrastructure;  a shift  in  industry  or   competitive  dynamics  or  customer  demand;  and  other  risks  detailed  in  our  Annual  Report  on  Form  10-­‐K  for  the  fiscal  year  ended  July  31,  2017,  filed   with  the  SEC,  filed  with  the  Securities  and  Exchange  Commission.  These  forward-­‐looking  statements  speak  only  as  of  the  date  of  this  presentation   and,  except  as  required  by  law,  we  assume  no  obligation  to  update  forward-­‐looking  statements  to  reflect  actual  results  or  subsequent  events  or   circumstances.    Any  future  product  or  roadmap  information  is  intended  to  outline  general  product  directions,  and  is  not  a  commitment,  promise  or   legal  obligation  for  Nutanix  to  deliver  any  material,  code,  or  functionality.    This  information  should  not  be  used  when  making  a purchasing  decision.     Further,  note  that  Nutanix  has  made  no  determination  as  to  if  separate  fees  will  be  charged  for  any  future  product  enhancements  or  functionality   which  may  ultimately  be  made  available.    Nutanix  may,  in  its  own  discretion,  choose  to  charge  separate  fees  for  the  delivery  of  any  product   enhancements  or  functionality  which  are  ultimately  made  available. Certain  information  contained  in  this  presentation  and  the  accompanying  oral  commentary  may  relate  to  or  be  based  on  studies, publications,   surveys  and  other  data  obtained  from  third-­‐party  sources  and  our  own  internal  estimates  and  research.  While  we  believe  these  third-­‐party  studies,   publications,  surveys  and  other  data  are  reliable  as  of  the  date  of  this  presentation,  they  have  not  independently  verified,  and we  make  no   representation  as  to  the  adequacy,  fairness,  accuracy,  or  completeness  of  any  information  obtained  from  third-­‐party  sources. Trademark  Disclaimer ©  2017  Nutanix,  Inc.    All  rights  reserved.    Nutanix,  the  Enterprise  Cloud  Platform,  the  Nutanix  logo  and  any  other  Nutanix  products  and  features   mentioned  herein  are  registered  trademarks  or  trademarks  of  Nutanix,  Inc.  in  the  United  States  and  other  countries.  All  other brand  names  and   logos  mentioned  herein  are  for  identification  purposes  only  and  are  the  property  of  their  respective  holder(s),  Nutanix  may  not  associated  with,  or   sponsored  or  endorsed  by  such  holder(s). Disclaimer
  3. 3. • Available Platforms for Nutanix Software • Decision Factors for Optimal Platform Choice • Automated Selection Process with Nutanix Sizer Delivering Customer Choice
  4. 4. The Challenge of Choosing the Right Platform 4 Concurrent Users (or # of records or sessions or. . .) Transaction Volume (or bandwidth latency or. . .) Storage Capacity (or file size or # files or. . .) Performance Utilization • Application Requirements • Platform Capabilities • Cost Constraints • Workload Mixing
  5. 5. Available Platforms for Nutanix Software
  6. 6. Performance Capacity Availability App  Density Economics Performance Capacity Availability App  Density Economics Tier 0 Oracle and SAP Priorities End User Computing and VDI Priorities Workloads have Different Resource Requirements
  7. 7. Powering All Workloads and Use Cases VDIBusiness Critical Applications Messaging, Collaboration and UC Remote and Branch Office/ SMB Dev/Test Server Virtualization and Private Cloud Big Data
  8. 8. Application Characteristics Drive Choice of Platform All Flash where ever possible Select processor based on app-- perf and license Go for high compute density and/or GPU card support Enough flash to cover images Storage capacity for user files Adequate flash for hot data Capacity for long term storage and user files Higher core count Aim for high storage capacity and enough flash to hit app requirements Understand developers performance and capacity requirements Adequate flash to meet build requirements Entry-level high density systems with 110V supply and 1GbE Address latency sensitivity Compute resources Possibly rich media support Storage for cold data Fast storage for hot data Compute resources Storage for cold data Fast storage for hot data Low entry cost Simple to install and manage VDIBusiness Critical Applications Messaging, Collaboration and UC Remote and Branch Office/ Small to Mid- sized Businesses Dev/Test Server Virtualization and Private Cloud Big Data Higher core count Aim for high storage capacity and enough flash to hit app requirements Compute & Memory resources for many VMs NEEDRECOMMEND
  9. 9. Nutanix Software Turnkey Appliances Portfolio of Nutanix-powered Platforms Prism Pulse One-Click Hetergeneous Nodes DL380-G9 DL360-G9 C240-M4L C240-M4SX B200-M4 C220-M4S NX-1065 NX-1065S NX-3060 NX-3175 NX-3175 NX-6035C NX-6035 NX-8035 NX-3155G NX-6155 NX-8150 NX-9030 XC6320 XC730-16 XC730xd-12 XC730xd-12C XC730xd-24 XC430-4 XC630-10 CS821 CS822 HX3510-G HX5510 HX5510C HX7510 HX1310 HX2310-E HX3310/HX3310F HX3710/HX3710F HX2710-E RS2616PS18 4 Node roll-on
  10. 10. Nutanix Platforms Platform NX-1000 NX-3000 NX-6000 NX-8000 Nodes Target Workloads Characteristics § Attractive price point § Power & space savings up to 80% § Centralized management and data protection § Expanded flash capacity for large working sets § High VM density § Integrates graphics intensive users in VDI deployments § Storage only option adding capacity without licensing costs § High storage density at attractive costs § Flexible configs including CPU, SSD, Memory & 10GbE connectivity § 4x SSD for larger active data sets • All flash options • Available with FIPS-2 Level 2 encryption ROBO / SMB Server Virt. Big Data Business Critical
  11. 11. Nutanix Model Number Convention 4 6 0 G63NX Product Family/ Series Possibilities: 1 = Entry - 1SSD+2HDD 3 = Balanced - 2SSD+2/4HDD 6 = Capacity - 1-2SSD+4/5HDD 7 = GPU node 8 = Enterprise apps 9 = All-flash Nutanix HW Product Series No. of Nodes Chassis Form Factor Disk  Form   Factor CPU Generation Number of nodes per chassis at sale Possibilities: 1, 2, 3 or 4 Chassis form factor Possibilities: 5 = 1N-2U 6 = 4N-2U 7 = 1N-1U Disk Form Factor (DFF) Possibilities: 0 = 2.5" DFF 5 = 3.5" DFF Generation Possibilities: 4= Haswell 5= Broadwell 6= Skylake Hardware Type Possibilities: NX– Enterprise ––
  12. 12. Why Nutanix Software? Freedom of choice Customers leverage existing HW vendor relationships Rely on HW vendor warranty & support WHY? Procure new hardware from HW vendor HW configured to hardware and firmware compatibility list (HFCL) Software from Nutanix Nutanix takes first support calls HOW? Platforms • Cisco UCS • HPE Proliant • Klas Telecom Voyager • Crystal Group Rugged Nutanix Software • Acropolis Pro and Ultimate • Production and Mission Critical support • Prism Pro WHAT?
  13. 13. Software Flexibility 3 YR SW Only 3 YR 2 YR (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 3YR 3 YR
  14. 14. Software Flexibility (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 3YR 3YR SW Only (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 3YR 4YR (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 2YR
  15. 15. Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Up and Running on Prism ESXi and  AHV   nodes Blades  and  Storage-­‐ Only  rackmount  nodes   in  the  same  cluster
  16. 16. Rugged and Tactical Platforms Harsh Environmental Conditions Lightweight Carbon Fiber Short Depth MIL Specifications
  17. 17. Decision Factors for Optimal Platform Choice
  18. 18. Compute: CPU • Intel E5 Xeon processors. Number of sockets: 1, 2 • 8 to 22 cores 1.7GHz to 3.4GHz • Application licensing cost, eg. Oracle • Multi-threaded nature of the application 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 18.0 20.0 22.0 24.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 NumberofCores Clock Speed (GHz)
  19. 19. Compute: GPU • Use Cases • Graphics-intensive virtualized apps & desktops (Apps, VDI, vWorkstation) • Creative & Engineering apps (Adobe, Solidworks, CADD, etc.) • Type & # of GPU Cards: - Nvidia Maxwell M10, M60. 1 or 2 • Profile and # of Users: - Designer, Power User, Knowledge Worker • Hypervisor Support - GPU Passthrough: ESX, AHV, Hyper-V - Virtual GPU (vGPU): ESX, AHV* Grid M10 Grid M60 GPU 4 Maxwell GPUs 2 Maxwell GPUs CUDA Cores 2560 (640 / GPU) 4096 (2048 / GPU) Memory Size 32GB GDDR5 (8GB / GPU) 16GB GDDR5 (8GB / GPU) User Density vGPU: 64 vGPU: 32 • Nutanix NX-3155-G (2x M10 or M60), NX-3175 (1x M10 or M60) • Cisco UCS240-M4L (2x M10 or M60) • Lenovo HX3510-G (2x M10 or M60) • Dell XC730-16G (2x M10 or M60)
  20. 20. Memory • Capacity points: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB • Number of slots: 12 to 24 • Overall max size: 64G (4x16GB) to 1.5TB (24x64GB) • Expandability • Balanced vs. Unbalanced configurations • Cost: 64GB ~10%+ premium ($/GB) over 32GB
  21. 21. Storage: Drives • All Flash vs. Hybrid • Number of drive slots: 3, 4, 6, 12, 24 • Capacity points: 480G, 960G, 1.92T, 3.84T • NVMe SSD, NVMe • Regular or Self-Encrypting Drives • SED capacity points: SSD = 960G, 1.92TB HDD = 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T • SW-Encryption (future) Native AES-256 DARE No impact on data reduction <10% peak perf impact SED • 2TB Max drive (2.5’’ Backplane platforms) • NX-3060, NX-8150 etc. • 8TB Max drive (3.5’’ Backplane platforms) • NX-1065, NX-6035, NX-6155 etc. • 10TB drive [future] HDD
  22. 22. Storage: Partially Populated AF configuration 3x 6155 Nodes with 12-Drives/Node * 1.9TB Under-sized 90TB Raw 69TB Raw Once capacity optimization is applied, leverage Partially Populated AF for right-sizing 3x 6155 Nodes with 8-Drives/Node * 3.8TB Right-sized 91TB Raw 3x 6155 Nodes with 12-Drives/Node * 3.8TB Over-sized 138TB Raw
  23. 23. Networking: NIC • Speed: 1G, 10G, 40G 25G (in exploration) • Number of NIC add-on cards, ports • Manage/segregate traffic for different VMs/applications • Top-of-rack (TOR) Switch capability • Connector type: BaseT or SFP+ • RDMA • Leverage RDMA to shorten write path (CVM <-> CVM) • 30% lower synchronous write latencies – get more work done quicker OS Drivers User Space Kernel Space Standard RDMA CVM CVM CVM CVM Physical Infra 10G 25G 25G25G Speed: 10G Speed: 25G SwitchServer
  24. 24. Deployment Considerations OtherPower and CoolingCompatibility Guidelines Heterogeneous Clusters Mixing Generations and Vendors Storage-Only nodes Failover Rack Space Power Thermals Hypervisor choice 1-node, 2-node 1-Click Life Cycle Management
  25. 25. • BOM (Bill of Materials) • Financial Analysis • Cluster Sizing • Best Practices • 1000’s Iterations for Optimal Fit • 100’s of Compatibility Rules Trusted Infrastructure Sizing with Intelligence Product Info: • Nutanix Software & Turnkey Appliances Sizing Engine Workload Inputs Optimal Solution • Best Practices • Use Cases & Profiles • Different profiles • Workload Modules • VDI & XenApp • Server Virt. • Splunk • File Services • SQL Server Product Info Workload Sizing Modules • Workload Resources • Hot/Cold Data Sizing
  26. 26. Automated Selection Process with Nutanix Sizer Demo
  27. 27. Choosing the Right Nutanix Platform Summary
  28. 28. Nutanix Software For All Workload & Platform Types Single Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS ASE DB2 Ø Size for Workload Requirements Ø Choice of Hardware Vendors & Platform Form Factors Ø Flexibility of Nutanix Software or Turnkey Appliances
  29. 29. @nutanix #nextconf Thank You Marc Trouard-Riolle | | @mtrouardriolle Saveen Pakala | Anton Zhbankov | | @antonvirtual Q&A