External, Nutanix

Working with Nutanix Metro Availability – part 2 — VMwaremine – Artur Krzywdzinski

Capacity planning for Nutanix Metro Availability (stretch cluster) is not that difficult as you could think. During capacity planning exercise, you have to consider all capacity aspects, compute (RAM and CPU on compute cluster)… 16 more words

via Working with Nutanix Metro Availability – part 2 — VMwaremine – Artur Krzywdzinski

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External, Nutanix Files

Nutanix Files 3.5 is now GA – Derek Seaman’s IT Blog

Previously known as AFS (Acropolis File Services), Nutanix Files v3.5 is now GA. For those of you unfamilar with Files, here’s a short description:

Nutanix Files (formerly known as AFS) is a software-defined scale-out file server. Nutanix Files can be used as the repository for unstructured data like home directories, user profiles, departmental shares, and application logs. It can be deployed on AHV and vSphere clusters and offers many enterprise features such as easy deployment and manageability, 1-click upgrade, disaster recovery, high availability, user-level and share-level quotas, Windows previous versions, full Active Directory integration, and access-based enumeration.

Read more at Derek Seaman’s IT Blog

External, General

Sizing Solutions Across CPU Generations — Long White Virtual Clouds

When the time for refresh of your existing IT equipment comes, no doubt you’ll have some old CPU’s. But how do you determine how many cores you’ll need? What type of processor would be best for the new environment? How many servers/hosts does that translates to, especially if your workloads are virtualized? A lot of…

via Sizing Solutions Across CPU Generations — Long White Virtual Clouds

External, Nutanix

NU School (Nutanix Education Portal) — Al Rasheed – A personal Blog about IT related subjects.

Interested in learning more about Nutanix products? Or maybe you’re pursuing a Nutanix certification and need to brush up before taking the exam? Look no further than the Nutanix Education portal commonly referred to as the NU School. The training options include in-person (boot camps) or virtual training. Personally, I’ve only used the virtual training […]

via NU School (Nutanix Education Portal) — Al Rasheed – A personal Blog about IT related subjects.

External, Nutanix

Rebuild Time: Nutanix Community Edition 5.10 Released! — Bacon, Overlays and Virtualization

I love the fact that Nutanix provides a Community Edition for those of us with home labs, I can bring the Enterprise Cloud I so enjoy deploying for customers close to home. Sure, would I love to have a small NX-1365 in the rack at home, who wouldn’t? Maybe someday… But in the…

via Rebuild Time: Nutanix Community Edition 5.10 Released! — Bacon, Overlays and Virtualization

Nutanix AHV

Nutanix AHV Turbo for Windows now available.

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Not so long back in time Nutanix announces a hot new unique feature in AOS 5.5 called Frodo, I mean AHV Turbo Mode, as the name suggest which key I press to enable turbo mode..

In general AHV present the single queue VirtIO-SCSI controller for VM’s, this controller can only submit 128 request at a time regardless of vCPU or number of disks.

In VMware vSphere world to get more IO throughput we used to add additional SCSI controllers and distribute disks across them, with the implementation of AHV Turbo Nutanix had introduced Frodo on AHV Host which bypasses QEMU and processes storage IOs as multi queue based on number of vCPU of VM.

The AHV Turbo mode is not a feature, rather native capability, for Linux guest VMs make sure you have Linux kernel supports (newer kernels do that by default) the blk_mq (block multiqueue) option, add the kernel parameter “scsi_mod.use_blk_mq=1” to enable blk_mq and remove the elevator=noop option.

With introduction to Nutanix VirtIO version 1.1.4 the same enhanced Storage IO throughput is now available for Windows guest VMs. For VMs having more than 2 vCPUs higher throughput might be observed after installing VirtIO 1.1.4.

To understand more about Nutanix Turbo Mode refer to Nutanix Bible here or Nutanix Blog here