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PT201: Nutanix Software - Moving Beyond Appliances

The freedom to choose the right hardware platform extends well beyond initial installation to the full infrastructure lifecycle. In this informative session led by Nutanix engineers, we’ll examine Nutanix software solutions for popular servers including HPE ProLiant and Cisco UCS, learn the benefits of these solutions, and understand our company’s journey to software and our disruptive SDK framework.

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PT201: Nutanix Software - Moving Beyond Appliances

  1. 1. @nutanix #nextconf #PT201 PT201: Nutanix Software Moving Beyond Appliances Nikita Maheshwari, Principal Product Mgr Rohit Thukral, Sr. Director, Engineering
  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 Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2017, 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 and the Nutanix logo 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. Introduction to Software on Third Party Platforms Insider’s View on Engineering Process for Software Qualification Customer Perspective Agenda
  4. 4. Our Journey Additional internal platforms Initial Launch Learn how to interact with external platforms Collect massive platform information Today NX-2400 NX EXPANSION OEM #1 OEM #2 COMMUNITY EDITION SOFTWARE
  5. 5. Portfolio of Nutanix-powered Platforms NX Appliance OEM Third-Party Platforms
  6. 6. The Basics of Nutanix Software on 3rd-Party Servers Procure new hardware from HW vendor HW configured to hardware and firmware compatibility list (HFCL) Software from Nutanix Procurement Same software release as NX provided appliances Nutanix takes the first call and triages the issue ExperienceInstallation Firmware and software installed at channel partner or on customer premise
  7. 7. Choice through Portability (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 3YR 3YR SW Only (SW + Pro/Ult + Support) 3YR
  8. 8. Hardware and Firmware Compatibility List (HFCL) ASSURANCE Protect Guarantee Architecture • Ensure that Nutanix software functionality and performance is not compromised relative to appliances • Select the right storage controller, SSDs, boot drive, NICs • Ensure the firmware is qualified, not just hardware • Specify supported software and hypervisor versions
  9. 9. Choice in Platforms 1U C220-8 DL-360-8 2U C240-12 C240-24 DL-380-8 DL-380-12 DL-380-24 RS2616PS18 Blade B200 - 4 Node roll-on - More to come!
  10. 10. Why Nutanix on 3rd Party Platforms 1 Choice in platforms: Separate software from hardware; purchase hardware from vendor of your choice 2 Choice in consumption model: Disaggregate purchases of hardware and software3 Choice in portability: Enable license mobility across server vendors
  11. 11. @nutanix #nextconf #PT201 Perspective on Platform Qualification
  12. 12. Complete Solution for Cisco UCS® C-Series Rackmounts Optional Fabric Interconnects C220-M4S, C240-M4L, C240-M4SX nodes All Flash and Hybrid options B-Series Blades Requires Fabric Interconnects B200-M4 blades B5108 chassis C-Series Storage Only C240-M4SX C240-M4L UCS M5 qualification expected in Q1 CY2018
  13. 13. Compare to HPE DL360-8 nodes Compare to HPE DL380-12 nodes Compare to HPE DL380-24 nodes Cisco UCS® C-Series Rackmount Servers C220-M4S Nodes VDI Per-Node 2x SSDs (400GB to 3.2TB) Up to 6x HDDs (1TB, 2TB) * 2x E5-26xx v3 / v4 CPUs Cisco VICs 10G or 40G * All Flash and SEDs available Optional FI’s 2x 6200/6300 Fabric Interconnects C240-M4L LFF Nodes Server Virtualization Per-Node 2x SSDs* (480GB, 800GB or 1.6TB) Up to 10x HDDs* (2TB, 4TB, 6TB) 2x E5-26xx v3 / v4 CPUs Cisco VICs 10G or 40G *SEDs, GPUs available Optional FI’s 2x 6200/6300 Fabric Interconnects C240-M4SX SFF Nodes High Performance Per-Node 4x SSDs (400GB to 3.2TB) Up to 20x HDDs (1TB, 2TB)* 2x E5-26xx v3 / v4 CPUs Cisco VICs 10G or 40G *All Flash, SEDs, GPUs available Optional FI’s 2x 6200/6300 Fabric Interconnects
  14. 14. Nutanix Software on Cisco UCS® C220
  15. 15. DL380 G9 12LFF DL380 G9 24SFF DL360 G9 8SFF DL380 G9 8SFF Platforms 2U1N 12-drive LFF 2U1N 24-drive SFF 1U1N 8-drive SFF 2U1N 8-SFF GPU Drives Hybrid and All Flash Encryption SW based encryption (coming soon) Hypervisors AHV, ESXi 6.0, ESXi 6.5 (Hyper-V 2016 planned) Processors Gen9 Broadwell supported today. Gen10 Skylake platforms coming soon. Compare to UCS C240-M4L Compare to UCS C240-M4SX Compare to UCS C220-M4S Compare to UCS C240- M4L/M4SX Nutanix Software Runs on HPE® ProLiant® Servers HPE Gen10 qualification expected in Q1 CY2018
  16. 16. Nutanix Software on HPE® ProLiant® DL380
  17. 17. Deep Dive Into Platform Qualification
  18. 18. New Product Qualification: An Insider’s View BOM SELECTION FOR SUCCESS Choose components that are already qualified (HFCL Sandbox) - HBA, boot drive, SSDs, HDDs, NICs, CPUs, DIMMs, GPUs - Select qualified firmware versions for critical components (HBA, SSDs) HARDWARE QUALIFICATION Use Nutanix test frameworks (Metis, X-Ray) - Hardware, firmware, software compatibility testing - Break fix procedure testing and documentation - Performance testing and benchmarking HARDWARE LAYOUT MODULE CREATION Abstract hardware from Nutanix software NUTANIX CLUSTER CHECK DEVELOPMENT Plugin development for hardware-specific alerts - SSD wear levels, PSU alerts etc.
  19. 19. Metis Test Framework Complete execution of test plan with pass/fail results
  20. 20. Workload-based performance testing and benchmarking X-Ray Performance Analysis
  21. 21. Field Installation of Nutanix Software
  22. 22. Sizer Validate BOM on (OCS) Export BOM Order HW from HPE® Apply required FW levels HARDWARE AND FIRMWARE Channel Partner HW FW Compatibility List maintained on HW FW Compatibility List maintained on Validate Sizer BOM vs. Nutanix HFCL Ordering and Configuration Validate HW and FW compatibility; via Foundation Order SW licenses from Nutanix Configure Network, BIOS, BMC, Firmware Image Hypervisor and Nutanix SW; create cluster Download SW licenses from Nutanix portal SOFTWARE Partner Partner or Nutanix Services
  23. 23. Field Installation Process FOUNDATION • UI-driven installer • Installs hypervisors • Installs Nutanix SW • Creates cluster after imaging
  24. 24. Life Cycle Management
  25. 25. Firmware Updates BIOS/CIMC Updates PCN Issued Hypervisor update Nutanix SW update HW, SW Vendors Apply HW, FW or SW changes Customer Life Cycle Management Affects HFCL? Stop No Re-qualify Solution; Update HFCL and SW if required Yes Monthly Life Cycle Management Process Nutanix
  26. 26. How Support Is Handled Hardware Concerns Call HW vendor (e.g., HPE®) Not Sure? Call Nutanix first • Triage the concern • Provide SW support • Handoff via TSAnet to HW vendor for hardware support Software Concerns Call Nutanix
  27. 27. @nutanix #nextconf #PT201 Thank You Nikita Maheshwari | | @nikita1737 Rohit Thukral | | @rohitThukral