Jun 10 2015

Nutanix CE is Now Available to All and it’s FREE!

Nutanix CE is a great way to get you started with Nutanix in your own lab environment; and it is now available to everyone now. CE is a fully working Acropolis + Prism stack that enables you to not only host your virtual machines, but enjoy all the benefits of Nutanix. The features available with CE are the exact same enjoyed by paying customers, being the difference that it is a community supported edition and there is a maximum limit of 4 nodes.

Some of the features available with CE are:

  • De-duplication
  • Compression
  • Erasure Coding
  • Asynchronous DR
  • Shadow Cloning
  • Single server (RF=1), three servers (RF=2) or four servers (RF=2)
  • Acropolis Hypervisor (all VM operations, high availability etc.)
  • Analytics
  • Full API framework for development, orchestration and automation
  • Self-Healing
  • ToR integration

Metro Availability, Synchronous Replication, Cloud Connect and Prism Central as not part of Nutanix CE.


Since you will be providing the hardware there are some minimum requirements:

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Nutanix CE extends the Nutanix commitment to fostering an open, transparent and community-centric approach to innovative solutions for mainstream enterprises. Nutanix CE enables a complete hyperconverged infrastructure deployment in just 60 minutes or less on your own hardware and without virtualization or software licensing.

To get started access the Nutanix Portal, create an account and you will be able to register for download. The first batch of public users are already receiving their license keys. Alternatively follow this link to apply for a Nutanix CE license..

Also, make sure you check out all the Nutanix CE blog posts authored by the community on the Nutanix Index.


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


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  1. jorgedlcruz

    I’m still waiting for my license, I’m pretty sure I’ve enroll in the first hours after the official news. Want to test it and publish something in jorgedelacruz.es 🙂

    Seems amazing !

  2. Mike England

    Great stuff, Technology.UG have released a Nutanix CE User Guide and labs for getting up and running – you can check it out at http://www.technologyug.co.uk/Blog/Virtualisation/Nutanix-Community-Edition-Training-Course-Guide

  3. Andre Leibovici

    Mike, this is very interesting. I will add a link on Nutanix Ready.


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