Jun 09 2015

Introducing Nutanix App Framework!

As part of the PRISM framework Nutanix will be launching an application framework and SDK that allow partners and developers to build their own PRISM applications using Nutanix infrastructure and VM collected datasets and/or third-party data via the use of APIs. Apps can be developed using JavaScript for the web front-end, but they can also have server-side components running on node.js or any scripting language such as python; or even other development frameworks.

The architecture is completely based on containers providing complete abstraction and segmentation between applications and core Nutanix code and datapath. Nutanix engineering is making containers really easy to be consumed by developers and by administrators, and I will soon be able to discuss a little bit more about that. The overall concept includes the ability to automatically download integrated applications from a Nutanix App library.

The types of applications that can be built to be included in the Nutanix App library are limitless, including 3D modeling, reporting, workflow, root cause analysis, alerting, and even games using the Nutanix dataset. Watch the videos below to understand the types of apps that can be built using the framework.

 

To prove that anyone can build something useful I put my coding skill in practice and built an app that provides API integration with Liquidware Labs to analyze and monitor the VDI user experience as measured by Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX. Have a look!

 

These are simple examples, but advanced workflow engines and integration with enterprise applications for data correlation is also possible. The Nutanix Prism app framework is still under development and has no definitive date to be generally available yet.

 

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

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Jun 09 2015

New Nutanix Prism Central ‘Google Like’ Search Engine and Analytics

Search and analytics are taking the center stage when it comes to managing and monitoring modern datacenters; while analytics software drastically help to reduce human interaction. Web-scale infrastructures at large web companies have a 1:10,000 ratio for SRE per servers managed. Enterprises are currently at 1:500 ratio. There is a huge gap that only analytics and automation can fill. Combining deep analytics with powerful ‘Google Like’ search Nutanix can yield amazing results.

One-click Operational Insight – Prism’s advanced machine learning technology provides one-click insight for detailed infrastructure trend analysis and optimization to simplify routine operational tasks.

 

  • Capacity Behavior Trending:  Predictive analysis of capacity usage and trends based on workload behavior
  • Capacity Optimization Advisor: Infrastructure optimization recommendations to improve efficiency and performance
  • What-if Analysis: Intelligently analyze infrastructure needs to support new applications and business initiatives

[Video of a not final product]

Prism’s advanced heuristic engine provides rapid issue identification and resolution

  • Intelligent Root Cause Analysis: Analyze root cause and resolve infrastructure issues quickly
  • Service Impact Analysis: Automatic correlation of disparate alerts to identify impact on critical services
  • Remediation Advisor: Customized recommendations to address common Infrastructure issues
  • Configuration Drift Detection: Detection of system configuration drifts with corrective remediation suggestions
  • Proactive Alert Analysis: Proactive analysis and grouping/isolation of alerts to display fewer, more actionable alerts

Intuitive user experience with no learning curve

  • Instant Search: Integrated “Google-like” search experience to query and perform actions with a single click
  • Customizable Operations Dashboard: Visually rich dashboards that give at-a-glance summary of application and infrastructure state

Nutanix new search allow users to type keywords, entity names and restricted set of operators. Keywords will consist of entity properties, actions, workflows and certain words understood by the system. Based on keywords and entity names typed by the user, the search engine will narrow down the entity type or entity in question. The engine will try to understand the relationship between the words typed by the user and show relevant information. For example, if a user typed VM cpu, search will try to get information related to CPU utilization of vm’s. The results are then categorized and displayed to the user.

 

[Video of a not final product]

 

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

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Jun 09 2015

New Nutanix ToR Switch and OpenDaylight Integration

Hyper-convergence bundles multiple parts of datacenter infrastructure into a single, optimized computing solution unit. Generally speaking most hyper-converged solutions on the market today include compute, storage, and management software for automation and orchestration. These solutions allow enterprises to utilize a simple modular building block of commodity hardware that provide linear scale-out architectures with predictable performance. However, hyper-convergence goes well beyond storage and compute. For that reason Nutanix is deeply invested in making networking first-class citizen in the stack.

Host networking is already part of the Nutanix architecture and is managed by Acropolis (the new control plane) for KVM hypervisors; however Nutanix is now extending networking management and monitoring to the entire network stack in your datacenter. This will be a multi-step and multi-release effort that will bring management and control of datacenter’s networks to the Nutanix virtual environment, including full utilization of SNMP, CDP, LLDP and OpenDaylight, adding network programmability to enable SDN and NFV for networks at any size and scale. The NOS 4.1.3 release will already deliver PRISM integration with top of rack (ToR) switches using SNMP and CDP; with the subsequent release completing the integration with OpenDaylight.

Ultimately hyper-convergence has to be about the whole datacenter, not only storage and compute; it has to be about making intricate and complex infrastructures invisible to administrators and users – just like the cloud.

 

The screenshot above display information about the physical switches used by the host NICs to support traffic through the virtual NICs. The table at the top of the screen displays information about the switches, and the lower portion of the screen displays additional information when a switch is selected in the table. You can configure any number of switches but only the switches that are actually being used for virtual NIC traffic appear in this table. The picture below demonstrates the simple configuration screen.

 

 

Over the next couple releases Nutanix customers will start to see compute, storage and networking fabrics blending together with advanced control plane management. I certainly look forward t it; and the next release is just around the corner.

 

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

 

 

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