Nutanix Complete Cluster turnkey platform

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

Nutanix’s Complete Cluster turnkey platform employs VMware’s core virtualisation technology and Fusion-io flash for cost-effective virtualised Hadoop deployments that demand high IO performance and rapid capacity expansion without the need for a SAN or NAS.

Complete Cluster collapses the conventional two-tiered data centre design - compute and storage - into one scalable tier of infrastructure. Inside each appliance, Nutanix software runs on top of VMware vSphere, transforming local storage devices into a distributed virtualised cluster. The software-based approach to storage provided by Nutanix Complete Cluster is suitable for running virtualised scale-out workloads such as Hadoop. Its innovative use of server-attached Fusion-io flash memory and 10 GbE network speeds delivers ultralow latency and performance at any scale. Clusters start at four nodes but can dynamically expand to several hundred. This combination of commodity hardware, flash and software-based, scale-out storage offers a solution for big data deployments that demand high-end Hadoop performance optimised for virtualised data centres.

Nutanix’s network-less NFS delivers up to 2000 MBps of sequential throughput in a compact 2U 4-node cluster for Hadoop workloads. A Terasort benchmark yields 250 MBps in the same 2U cluster providing more than 200% better performance density than the nearest bare-metal rival. Throughput scales linearly by stacking more blocks.

Nutanix offers a high-performance turnkey SAN-free server platform for virtualised Hadoop workloads, reducing complexity and speeding time-to-value for sophisticated Hadoop projects. It also allows IT to benefit from all the value of centralised VM management and provisioning (VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud and Project Serengeti) while taking advantage of high-performance, server-side flash.

Balancing Hadoop, end-user computing and server virtualisation workloads onto Nutanix’s general-purpose virtualisation platform avoids the pitfalls of having to size and tailor infrastructure gear for every application and use case.

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