VMware clients: Strategic migration to Nutanix & Cisco

VMware clients: Strategic migration to Nutanix & Cisco

VMware clients: Strategic migration to Nutanix & Cisco

Software-defined Nutanix needs servers to run its HCI software and AHV hypervisor. Partner Cisco has thousands of UCS servers installed, including blades and rack shelves. Customers are concerned about the direction of VMware's software development and commercial operations following Broadcom's acquisition of the company. Nutanix wants to make it easy for existing VMware vSAN customers to move their hardware to Nutanix.

Nutanix is partnering with Cisco to certify Cisco's UCS blade servers. The goal is to allow organizations to repurpose previously deployed UCS servers, including blade servers, to run the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. We observed UCS blade, rack, and X-Series compute-only nodes connected to Nutanix HCI or storage-only nodes.

The AHV provider also supports retargeting multiple vSAN Ready Node configurations to help customers simplify their transition to Nutanix's Cloud Infrastructure/AHV solution by allowing them to reuse their existing gear. This, together with UCS support, will help cut the TCO for companies wishing to, as Nutanix claims, "modernize their infrastructure."

Nutanix has neatly solved this problem with a design that accommodates storage-only nodes, compute-only nodes, and a variety of node kinds and configurations within a cluster. This flexibility will broaden existing deployment options, allowing for even simpler migrations and more cost effectiveness. Furthermore, support for blade servers expands deployment flexibility beyond rack-mounted servers, which are a frequent deployment pattern in traditional virtualized systems. As part of the Nutanix Elevate Program, Nutanix is now working to first certify Cisco UCS blade servers.

Another critical feature for virtualized settings is Metro Availability, which AHV has supported since 2021. Metro Availability permits synchronous data replication between clusters, typically in separate locations, and automatically resumes workloads on the destination cluster in the event of a primary cluster failure. Configuring and monitoring Metro Availability on NCI is easier than with older three-tier systems because of the Nutanix HCI architecture's full stack integration.

Building on this functionality, the future Metro Multisite capability, which is presently in development, will allow for simultaneous replication to two clusters, boosting resilience in the face of natural catastrophes or other catastrophic events. This capacity is especially important since it helps customers comply with the Digital Operations Resilience Act (DORA), which will become mandatory for EU financial institutions and their respective information and technology (ITC) vendors in January 2025. DORA mandates institutions to have at least one secondary site to ensure business continuity in the event of an interruption.

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