…so said Leonardo Da Vinci. Why make things hard? Why make your own life harder when with some effort everything can be simplified and better. This is our approach and it touches Nutanix employees as well as our customers.
The one thing that still staggers customers about Nutanix is how flipping easy it is to get blocks installed into their environment. To give you an idea of how I do it and the time it takes from getting a completely blank (or even previously configured proof of concept box) installed, take a look at this:
- Image the server. We and our partners use a tool called Foundation which pushes a vanilla image of ESX, Hyper-V or KVM down to the nodes with Nutanix software configured. This takes 50 mins because we do it over a 1GB switch and is automated.
- Configure the new cluster. Here we just add in IP addresses for the hosts, management ports and Nutanix CVM. This takes 2 mins via an intuitive webpage or you can do it via the NCLI if you want to appear a true geek.
- Create the storage pool. Another 14 seconds.
- Create the first container, its policies and present to hosts. This final stage took me 22 seconds.
Total time for me is under an hour. Total time for the customer under 10 minutes (if you include racking time!)
Now we’re at the stage where the customer can start building VMs (aka doing the things that matter) while the infrastructure becomes invisible – just as it should be.
At no point do they need to revisit the storage other than to create new containers or change policies.
Go order something from VCE, NetApp, EMC or any SAN and try doing the same thing. In fact try to do the same thing with any hyper converged competitor as well.
This is the power of simplicity and it’s only going to get easier for our customers.