Thank you, .NEXT: Nutanix notches up news nuggets

.NEXT 2019 Nutanix’s annual conference was in full swing at Anaheim, California this week, and the news announcements from company and partners came thick and fast.

Here is a drawerful of news shorts for your perusal.

At the event Commvault and HYCU introduced new data protection capabilities for Nutanix and Fujitsu added a server hardware platform to run to Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software. Nutanix has introduced wider cloud support to Frame, Xi Leap and Beam.

Commvault & Nutanix Files

Commvault said Nutanix Files 3.5 is an enterprise-grade scale-out file storage system that leverages the cloud-like flexibility of Nutanix HCI architecture.

Brian Brockway, chief technology officer, Commvault, said: “Nutanix Files expands the HCI value proposition into a top-tier enterprise data solution.”

Commvault’s Complete Backup and Recovery data protection product is integrated with Files 3.5 and features include:

  • Snapshot-based backup copy protection for CIFS (common internet file system – Windows file shares) and NFS (network file shares/Linux/Unix file shares)
  • Change File Tracking (CFT) API integration
  • Auto-discovery of Nutanix Files data share
  • Granular recovery options—files, folders, versions for example
  • Commvault Storage Policy integration, allowing backup data to be stored onsite, offsite, or in the cloud
  • Recovery to the original Nutanix Files share or any compatible file location addressable by Commvault
  • Support for analytics and data governance use-cases featuring Commvault Activate
  • Simplified configuration and operations
  • SLA-based management, compliance and reporting

Integrated support for Nutanix Files 3.5 is included in the current release of Commvault Complete Backup and Recovery.

HYCU for Nutanix v4.0

HYCU has added backup support for NFS Share on Nutanix files.

HYCU uses Nutanix Snapshots for backup and recovery. HYCU for Nutanix v4.0 supports backup of VMs using NearSync volume snapshots, running on AHV or ESX. Application data recovery can selectively restore only the disks needed to get the right application data.

Customers can implement different backup policies for different parts of their file shares.

HYCU has added support for applications and data running on Windows Physical Servers. It has also added a built-in option to turn on call-home functionality. That enables HYCU to get working on a problem fix and notify the customers of any major issue before they might have noticed it.

A single deployment of HYCU can manage multiple Nutanix and VMWare clusters, with a consolidated view.

HYCU for Nutanix v4.0 also has validated support for Nutanix Buckets. It should be generally available within 30 days.

Nutanix Frame, Xi Leap and Beam

Nutanix has extended the Xi Frame desktop-as-a-service to the private cloud, enabling the delivery of apps and desktops in hybrid cloud environments. Xi Frame already supports AWS and Azure, with access using any browser and any device.

When running on AHV, customers can extend desktop delivery to their Nutanix private cloud, integrating virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) services with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform. Nutanix said customers can provision thousands of virtual desktops in minutes.

The company also announced new functionality for its cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service, Xi Leap. Customers can configured policies to automate the DR workflow directly within the Prism Console and restoration can take place in minutes, Nutanix said.

Xi Leap has added support for DR services for workloads running on Nutanix private clouds using VMware ESXi.

Nutanix is adding Xi Leap availability zones in Italy, Japan and Germany in Q3, 2019. They join availability zones in US West, US. East and the UK.

Xi Beam is Nutanix’s cloud governance software. The SaaS application will include a real-time security compliance module to identify critical cloud infrastructure vulnerabilities and recommend specific remediation.

Real time security compliance capabilities in Xi Beam are available to customers in early access, and general availability is expected in Q2, 2019. Xi Frame for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform deployments using AHV is available now.

Fujitsu Nutanix HCI

Fujitsu has announced the global rollout of a combined hyperconverged system with Nutanix.

The combo is already on sale in EMEIA and is based on Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY servers running Nutanix HCI Enterprise Cloud software. The system supports VMware ESXi and the free Nutanix AHV hypervisor and scales from a single node, with no maximum limit.

The system is designed for enterprise data centres, hyperconverged business applications, virtual desktop infrastructures, dedicated block storage and ROBO (Remote Office / Branch Office) scenarios.

It’s shipped ready-to-run and pre-configured, with integrated automatic load balancing and built-in resiliency. Fujitsu Infrastructure Manager (ISM) software provides converged infrastructure lifecycle management from a single console.

Fujitsu is the single point of contact for hardware and software support at infrastructure level, with additional services available, including system optimisation.

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud on PRIMERGY is available to order in EMEIA and North America and will be rolled out globally. It is available directly from Fujitsu and through Fujitsu SELECT channel partners. Pricing varies according to configuration and region.

Lastly, Nutanix is making a full-fledged IOT stack in the cloud available through the Xi IOT Cloud instance.