I have been extensively discussing programmatic interfaces and their importance in automating the modern datacenter. Programmatic interfaces allow IT administrators to create workflows using scripting languages and workflow engines like vCenter Orchestrator, Puppet, VMware vCenter Automation Center and others.
The final goal for a true Software-Defined Datacenter is to empower applications and tools to make automated decisions about the use of infrastructure resources in a simple, efficient and easy manner.
Software-Defined Datacenter is not an all-in-one solution as some vendors claim. Furthermore integrating multiple stacks and systems that have not been built to work together is not an easy task. Lastly, integrating the data center stack still requires configurable automations for ongoing operational upkeep and efficiency.
Since its inception Nutanix engineering ensured that all features and functions were exposed via programmatic interfaces, enabling access to datacenter services within the platform.
As part of the extensible automation that enables application ecosystems I recently demonstrated The Nutanix Plugin for XenDesktop (Demo Here), a tool that extends Nutanix functionalities into 3rd party products, in this case Citrix XenDesktop. Nutanix customers are already using it in Beta and I will soon disclose other powerful integrations with different applications.
This time around I would like to share with you a powerful integration and automation delivered by Nutanix GSO for automated provisioning of Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution. Utilizing extensible Nutanix APIs, Nutanix Foundation (Demo Here), VMware vCenter Automation Center and vCenter Orchestrator Nutanix has completely automated datacenter provisioning for organizations of any size.
Watch the video below to better understand how this works.
- Automated Provisioning
Everything starts with the vCAC reference architecture for Nutanix that includes configuration with pre-determined scenarios and solutions to provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service for mainstream enterprise. With workflows pre-configured both vCAC and VCO are used to provision datacenter nodes or blocks and racks using the Nutanix Foundation Plus, which is an extension of the Nutanix Foundation tool. In a common scenario vCAC issues service orders to VCO ,which in turn manipulate Foundations Plus APIs.
After racking and cabling your Nutanix block administrators are only few clicks away from effectively implementing the Nutanix hardware and software as usable organizational resources. These processes can even be kicked off automatically when the system detects high cluster resource utilization.
- Backup as a Service (BaaS)
Another service fully implemented by Nutanix GSO is BaaS. Nutanix BaaS includes backup/snapshot/recovery-as-a-service, yet being fully configurable by end users. Leveraging Nutanix APIs end users are able to select what backup SLA is desired for a given workload, either pre or post-provision. There will also be a method to leverage re-hydration/application of a snapshot.
In addition to the current service mentioned above, this automation takes Nutanix to a whole different level where individual workloads or vDisks can be manipulated independently and coordinated in terms of backups, restores, compression, de-duplication, replication, quality of service, snapshots etc.
These are offerings available today and delivered via Nutanix GSO. To find out more or see a more detailed demo come to the Nutanix booth and ask for the GSO team, or contact Nutanix Sales directly.
Genuine Datacenter Automation, delivered today, by Nutanix Global Services (GSO) – ensuring customer success by replacing days of manual provisioning into a predictable and rapid provisioning of Webscale infrastructure within minutes.
I would like to acknowledge the work of the fantastic Nutanix GSO team in pulling all this automation together for Nutanix customers and partners. These are the smart guys behind all this automation and I recommend you to follow them:
- Phil Ditzel: http://philthevirtualizer.com @philditzel
- Artur Krzywdzinski: http://vmwaremine.com @artur_ka
- Magnus Andersson: http://vcdx56.com/ @magander3
- Also, special acknowledgements to Bill Hussain @bhussain, Jeremy Launier and Subash Atreya
This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.