Nutanix launched version 4.0 of its operating system (NOS) this week. This updated platform packs a number of new features and improvements, including end-to-end system analytics and multi-cluster management in the control fabric. NOS 4.0 also adds tunable resilience and distributed data services in the data fabric.
According to the company, NOS 4.0 now includes Prism Central, which enables administrators to manage multiple Nutanix clusters across many different locations from a single display. For example, administrators at a global retailer can now centrally manage remote IT resources in hundreds of stores. Prism Central also provides administrators with an aggregate view of health and resources across all clusters, while still allowing individual, per-cluster management.
This release also brings a new Prism module called Cluster Health, providing administrators with a view of the health of the cluster. Admins can proactively monitor system resources end-to-end, and diagnose and resolve potential issues with a visual navigation interface.
Also new to NOS 4.0 is MapReduce Deduplication, a post-process deduplication capability that boosts the effective storage capacity of an entire cluster. This solution is highly distributed and automatically runs on all nodes in the cluster, allowing functionality to scale out as the cluster grows. Thus MapReduce Deduplication makes the Virtual Computing Platform ideal for persistent virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, virtualized server workload environments and backup/archiving environments.
The announcement also mentions Tunable Redundancy, a suite of features enabling administrators to configure different degrees of fault tolerance for applications.
“By allowing different redundancy levels for applications in the same cluster, NOS 4.0 eliminates the need to create multiple clusters while maintaining management simplicity,” states the company’s announcement. “True to the underlying principle of software-defined infrastructure, system policies that define which applications get what level of redundancy are late-bound and applied dynamically to achieve different levels of resilience and fault tolerance.”
NOS 4.0 also includes several additional enhancements such as:
- zero-touch upgrade of the operating system in clusters of any size with zero downtime;
- integrated backup and disaster recovery from a single pane of glass;
- Windows PowerShell Cmdlets based on the Nutanix REST API that allow Windows users to programmatically manage their Nutanix clusters.
Nutanix OS 4.0 will be available at the end of the month to customers with current maintenance agreements. For more information about NOS 4.0, visit nutanix.com.