Nutanix Acropolis 5.0 - New Features Overview

Posted by Thuong Nguyen, Account Executive
February 2, 2017

Nutanix delivers technology that helps us deploy, scale, and manage hyperconverged infrastructure. This allows our clients to leverage their data centers and the cloud to provide accelerated application deployment to their employees and teams.

Nutanix recently announced the next version of its Acropolis software – Acropolis 5.0. This release features some new services that yield more flexibility and cost savings. In particular, here are a few of the highlights and enhancements to the Nutanix Acropolis data plane, management plane (Prism), and built-in hypervisor (AHV):

For additional details, check out the Nutanix 5.0 Release Blog. These new additions to Acropolis should make scaling applications in a hyperconverged infrastructure much more efficient.

  1. Data Plan Enhancements
    • The Acropolis File Services (AFS) allows customers to consolidate their virtual machines and the file data they rely on within the same cluster.
    • Acropolis Block Services (ABS) has been enhanced, including support for dynamic load balancing and flash pinning, improved security, and online resizing.
    • Metro Availability Witness is a synchronous replication solution for disaster recovery.
    • Compression Enhancements result in more efficient data compression.
    • Single-node Replication Target allows customers to use native backup capabilities and replicate data to a storage-heavy node that can be on the same site or a different remote site. This is particularly nice for remote or branch office deployments that aren’t enterprise in scope.
  2. AHV Hypervisor Enhancements
    • AHV Affinity Rules allows virtual machines to be ‘pinned’ to a specific host or set of hosts. AHV also supports VM anti-affinity rules so specific VMs are never on the same host together.
    • Acropolis Dynamic Scheduling (ADS) allows the hypervisor to detect CPU, memory, and storage controller hotspots, and it can move any deployed VMs to a better suited host.
    • With CPU/Memory Hot Add, admins can add vCPU and memory to a running VM without affecting service.
  3. Prism Management Plane Enhancements
    • Prism Self-Service gives admins the ability to assign resources for certain users or AD groups. End users have complete independence to perform selected actions based on established policies.
    • Network Visualization offers admins an end-to-end operational view of the infrastructure—all the way down to the networking layer. This minimizes application downtime while isolating and fixing common networking issues.
    • With ESXi Management, customers can manage all common VM operations directly from Prism, and they no longer have to go back and forth to vCenter.

For additional details, check out the Nutanix 5.0 Release Blog. These new additions to Acropolis should make scaling applications in a hyperconverged infrastructure much more efficient.

About Thuong Nguyen A highly-skilled IT professional, Thuong Nguyen offers a vast set of knowledge and expertise as a hyperconverged and hybrid cloud specialist. At ASG, he works closely with sales teams to identify innovative solutions that will help customers grow and thrive in their industries. Prior to joining ASG, Thuong spent 13 years at Dell, Inc., gaining experience in a wide range of capacities.

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