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Nutanix Complete Cluster Brings SAN-Free Virtualization To Hadoop


Written by  Ravi Vadugu | 10 September 2012
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nutanixNutanix, the provider of SAN-Free data center solutions for VMware virtualized workloads, announces a turn-key platform that employs VMware's core virtualization technology and Fusion-io flash for cost effective virtualized Hadoop deployments that demand high IO performance and rapid capacity expansion without the need for a SAN or NAS. Nutanix Complements VMware's Project Serengeti thereby bolstering virtualized Hadoop with Scale-Out Fusion-io accelerated platform.

Compute and storage are clubbed into one scalable tier of Data storage infrastructure with the help of Nutanix software complementing VMwares' vSphere. This combination turns local storage devices into a distributed virtualized cluster which is ideal for running virtualized scale-out workloads such as Hadoop. Its innovative use of server-attached Fusion-io flash memory and 10GbE network speeds, delivers ultra low-latency and performance at any scale. Clusters start at four nodes, but can dynamically expand to several hundred. This powerful combination of commodity hardware, flash and software-based scale out storage offers a compelling solution for Big Data deployments that demand high-end Hadoop performance optimized for virtualized datacenters.

Going into performance aspect of the solution, Nutanix's network-less NFS delivers up to 2000 MB/s of sequential throughput in a compact 2U 4-node cluster for Hadoop workloads. Throughput scales linearly by stacking more blocks. Nutanix has built a general purpose distributed file system that can bring enterprise-grade features to Hadoop and general purpose VMs, including snapshots, cloning, DR, data tiering, low-latency flash memory performance from Fusion-io, advanced HTML5 UI, and high-density x86 hardware for maximum rack utilization.

A high performance SAN-Free server platform for virtualized Hadoop workloads that reduce complexity and speed time-to-value for sophisticated Hadoop projects is the key to the Nutanix solution. It also allows IT to benefit from all the value of centralized VM management and provisioning (VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud and Project Serengeti) while taking advantage of high performance server-side flash.


Balancing Hadoop, End-User Computing, and Server Virtualization Workloads onto Nutanix's general purpose virtualization platform avoids the pitfalls of having to size and tailor infrastructure gear for every application and use case, allowing IT lower costs by avoid heterogeneous hardware silos that only serve a single purpose.


Designed and fine-tuned to deliver local bus-speed storage performance with distributed redundancy, Nutanix allows customers to deploy homogeneous infrastructure for a diverse set of workloads. Hadoop specifically, designed for local storage, makes virtualizing it on centralized storage a challenge -- Nutanix's Distributed File System (NDFS) resolves this dilemma by presenting high speed local server attached Flash to all vSphere hosts using intelligent data tiering and decentralized replication services to safeguard data.


"By unifying commodity x86 servers, VMware vSphere, and a scale-out software based storage layer, Nutanix provides an optimized environment for virtualized Hadoop workloads," said Dr. Mohit Aron, Co-Founder and CTO of Nutanix.

Ravi Vadugu

Ravi Vadugu

An IT professional with over 12 years of experience. Project management is what i do. Curious/Interested in upcoming technologies, trends, software methodologies(e.g. Agile) and software tools. Love sharing knowledge with rest of the community.

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