Background We have a quite large AHV infrastructure and sometimes this is not always easy to get all the relevant details to improve/maintain it. Don’t get me wrong, Prism Central is helping a lot. 429 more wordsNutanix : Get List of Powered-off VMs (AHV) — Let’s Talk About Tech!
For almost 6 months ago Nutanix released an initial version of its Era ServiceNow plugin which i wrote about here. Today a new version, 2.0, of the ServiceNow certified plugin has been release and made available via the ServiceNow store. Picture borrowed from ServiceNow web page In addition to the plugin capabilities included in the…Nutanix Era ServiceNow Plugin 2.0 Released — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
Back in March earlier this year (2021) i published a blog post about an Era Security document i have put together and made available via the Nutanix Portal. 32 more wordsNutanix ERA Security Document Version 2.0 — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
The post are authored by Marc Wagner at dbi-Services, all credits goes to original author, this post is just reference collection of series posts.
What is Nutanix Era
Nutanix Era is a suite of software which automates and simplifies database management, bringing one-click simplicity and invisible operations to database provisioning and lifecycle management (LCM). Starting with Copy Data Management (CDM) as its first offering, Nutanix Era enables database admins to provision, clone, refresh and restore their databases to any point in time. Through a rich, but simple to use, UI and CLI, they can restore to the latest application-consistent transaction.
Original post by Nimal Kunnath, Senior Systems Reliability Engineer at Nutanix
Organizations worldwide are adopting Kubernetes and cloud native technologies at breakneck pace. Containers have become the new norm of packaging applications and Kubernetes is at the forefront, orchestrating and running containers at scale. App modernization has increasingly become one of the top priorities in IT. This has been accelerated in the wake of the pandemic with industries shifting quickly to meet emerging demands. In fact, Gartner states that 69% of Boards of Directors accelerated their Digital Business Initiatives following COVID-19 disruption.
However, this shift is easier said than done. Most organizations have invested heavily in VMs and the practice of maintaining them across their lifecycle. The legacy applications that run on virtualized compute platforms will have to be refactored or replatformed in order to take advantage of the new cloud native environment. This is time-consuming and has to be done carefully with minimal impact to the business. Being able to maintain the same quality and performance is another significant challenge.
Enter KubeVirt. KubeVirt is an open-source project that enables VMs to be managed by Kubernetes alongside containers. This is particularly great in scenarios where an application may include a service that has to be run in a VM. The point here is that VMs are treated as first-class citizens using native Kubernetes tools. Operators have the option of using a single platform, reducing the complexities involved in managing two stacks and multiple management planes.
Nutanix has been consistently recognised as an industry leader for its ability to run virtualized workloads. Nutanix also enables containerized workloads to run via its managed Kubernetes solution, Nutanix Karbon. With KubeVirt, customers now have the freedom to migrate VM workloads across them, whilst continuing to benefit from Nutanix’s distributed scale-out storage.
The recent announcement of Nutanix’s strategic partnership with Red Hat is even more promising on this front as Red Hat offers OpenShift Virtualization, a solution that leverages KubeVirt. OpenShift further enhances the user experience with advanced operational and monitoring capabilities.
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Yesterday, 2021-10-13, a maintenance release to the latest long term support (LTS) version of AOS, 5.20, was released meaning the latest LTS release is now 5.20.2. As with 5.20 the 5.20.2 release includes from AOS STS (Short Term Support) 5.19, 5.19.1 and 5.19.2 plus additional improvements. Read more about difference between LTS & STS here.…Nutanix AOS 5.20.2 & AHV 20201105.2229 Released — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
With the release of Era version 2.3 in late September 2021, which i wrote a blog post about here, the Era Management Plane was improved when it comes to providing high availability (HA) meaning it does not include any single point of failure (SPOF) anymore. Era Management Plane consists of two service groups: Front-end services…Era Management Plane High Availability Version 2 — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
Just a quick blog post to let you know that Prism Central 2021.9 version was just released and can be downloaded via the Nutanix Portal. The focus with 2021.8 which i wrote about here was to make license management easier. The 2021.9 release brings a few new feature, some enhancements and some bug fixes including…Nutanix Prism Central 2021.9 Released — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind
Today Nutanix marked another milestone with its enterprise-grade files services with Nutanix Files v 4. This version along with normal fixes and security updates introduces new features to lure enterprises towards moving file services on Nutanix HCI.
- Files Console – The Files web console provides a new standalone interface for administering and configuring a file server from the Files control plane rather than from the Prism Element UI. The Files Console works independently of the Prism Element (PE) control plane and is dedicated for administering Files.
- Smart Tiering with Data Lens – Nutanix Data Lens centralizes data from all of your file servers across various data center locations from around the globe. Smart Tiering allows to migrate cold data from your file server to an object store using tiering policies, and tiering thresholds.
- Anonymization of File Server Logs – Log anonymization protects the privacy of data during troubleshooting, by masking sensitive information such as IP addresses, usernames, passwords, and file and directory names.
- Files v4 REST APIs – The Files v4 APIs are independent from Prism Element (PE) and Prism Central (PC) APIs. You can access the REST APIs through the Files Console.
- Ransomware Protection Enhancements – Expansion to up to 10,0000 blocked ransomware patterns per file server and Separate management of ransomware patterns and file blocking patterns. Manage ransomware patterns from File Analytics or Data Lens, and manage file blocking patterns from the Files Console.
Because organizations store their information, including their most critical data, in databases (DBs), it’s vital that these DBs meet the requirements for availability, manageability, resilience, and performance. 32 more wordsDatabases on Nutanix – Reference Architecture — Virtualization, DBaaS & Whatever Crosses My Mind