Acropolis, Prism: Nutanix Uncovers Its Own Hypervisor and Management tool

By CIOReview | Friday, June 12, 2015
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MIAMI, FL:  Nutanix, a hyperconverged solution introduces two brand new products Acropolis and Prism, to the recently launched Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) built to deliver invisible infrastructure, enabling IT teams to focus on applications and services that power businesses.

 Acropolis is an umbrella term for company’s compute and storage offerings designed from Nutanix’s flagship hyperconverged product. The product opens up a fresh platform for virtualization and application mobility in the hyperconvergence domain.  Acropolis awards IT professionals with the flexibility of choice on what applications to be used in their technology platform irrespective of the hypervisors which can be traditional, emerging or containers. Infrastructure decisions are made by the technology in terms of applications’ performance and scalability and economic considerations, while allowing workloads to move more seamlessly.

 “The most transformative technologies are the ones we don’t even think about. They work all the time, scale on demand and self-heal. In other words, they are invisible,” says Dheeraj Pandey, CEO and Founder of Nutanix.

Prism, the next is designed to simplify infrastructure management. Its features include One-Click technology that streamlines time-consuming IT tasks, and includes one-click software upgrades for more efficient maintenance, one-click insight for detailed capacity trend analysis and planning and one-click troubleshooting for rapid issue identification and resolution.

The technology administers IT professionals with convergence of storage, compute and virtualization resources into a unified system, advanced machine learning technology with built-in heuristics and business intelligence and true consumer-grade user experience with sophisticated search technology that makes management tasks elegantly simple and intuitive.

Nutanix Acropolis comprises of three foundational components; ‘Distributed Storage Fabric’, developed on Nutanix Distributed File System, the component will enable common web-scale services across multiple storage protocols,  ‘App Mobility Fabric’, an open environment capable of delivering powerful virtual machine (VM) placement, migration, and conversion, as well as cross-hypervisor high availability and integrated disaster recovery and the last one,  ‘Acropolis Hypervisor’ which in addition to former is a native hypervisor based on the proven Linux KVM hypervisor with enhanced security, self-healing capabilities based on SaltStack and enterprise-grade VM management.

Developing Nutanix’s own hypervisor and management tool, the company calls its well matched rival VMware for a tight competition by claiming a greatly simplified and cost effective datacenter and enhanced IT service delivery.

Pandey continues, “Building on our foundations of web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design, we will make virtualization as invisible as we’ve made storage and elevate enterprise IT expectations yet again.”