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Nutanix offers scale-out storage options for its Complete Cluster

December 3, 2012

Nutanix Inc. today released a new series of its scale-out storage and compute cluster products, and updated its Nutanix Operating System.

The new NX-3000 series lets customers scale storage and compute separately with performance nodes, and software advances include compression and replication for disaster recovery.

Nutanix's converged data center products combine solid-state Fusion-io PCI Express (PCIe) flash cards, hard-disk drives (HDDs), Intel processors for computing, and a file system for a "software-defined data center" in a box. "This is your entire data center. You don't need to use a SAN [storage area network] or NAS [network-attached storage] from NetApp or EMC," Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey said.

Nutanix emerged from stealth in April 2011 with its NX-2000 Complete Cluster product, the first of what has become known as hyper-converged storage because it combines storage, networking and virtualization in one box. Scale Computing and SimpliVity followed with hyper-converged products this year.

Pandey said early Nutanix customers told him they wanted the ability to independently scale compute and capacity. The NX-2000 Nutanix Complete Cluster systems came in fixed node configurations with no options for the customer.

The 2U NX-3000 line features several node configuration choices to enable scale-out storage. Customers can independently scale compute and capacity nodes that will vary the number of CPU cores per socket, PCIe flash cards, SATA solid-state drives (SSDs) and SATA HDDs.

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Todd Erickson , TechTarget, December 3rd, 2012

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