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Nutanix OS 3.5 Gains Elastic Deduplication Engine

Nutanix has released version 3.5 of its Nutanix OS (NOS), the software behind the company's virtual datacenter infrastructure solutions. The update provides enhancements to application performance and storage optimization and includes a new UI designed to provide a "consumer-like" management experience.

Among its new features, NOS 3.5 now includes the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine — a technology designed to increase application performance and optimize storage by simultaneously handling server flash storage, local attached storage, and system memory.

As Nutanix characterized it: "The industry's first deduplication technology to span memory, flash and hard disk drive resources simultaneously in any storage offering or converged infrastructure platform, the Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine is built specifically for scale-out architectures to accelerate performance while enabling large clusters with the best economics. The Nutanix Elastic Deduplication Engine continuously analyzes read I/O access patterns and granularly deduplicates data to deliver the highest possible performance and to maximize effective storage capacity. For applications with large working sets, such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, the technology increases effective flash and memory resources by up to 10x and delivers nearly instantaneous application response times."

The update also include Nutanix' Prism, a UI and management framework designed to simplify management of servers, storage, and networks. Built in HTML5, the UI, seen in the video below, provides quick access to analytics and information about the system and virtual machines.

Other new features include:

  • Support for compression when using Nutanix Disaster Recovery;
  • A new Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager;
  • REST-based API;
  • Cross-platform management; and
  • Access to drill-down information within dashboards.

All told, NOS 3.5 includes more than 75 enhancements over the previous release.

NOS 3.5 is available as a free upgrade for current customers with maintenance agreements. Additional details can be found on the Nutanix NOS 3.5 portal.

In related news, Nutanix also announced support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 in its Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform. A preview of the new functionality is available now. Further information can be found at nutanix.com/virtual-computing-platform.

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