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Dec 05 2017

Nutanix AOS Version 5.5 & More Released

“VMTurbo"
Yesterday, 2017-12-04, Nutanix has released new versions for a bunch of their products including:

There are a ton of new features and enhancements so this blog post will just be a summary of all goodness released and not so much describing each feature in detail. You can expect feature specific blog posts in the future.

AOS

The following new and updated features are included:

  • Reports Management
  • Async Disaster Recovery with NearSync
  • OpenLDAP for Self-Service Portal
  • Network Segmentation – Which allows you to separate management traffic from backplane traffic. Read more here
  • Nutanix Calm
  • Machine Learning Capability
    • VM “right sizing” where VMs are analyzed
    • Anomaly detection to record when performance or resource usage is outside an expected range based on learned VM baseline behavior.
    • “Smart” alerts that trigger when specified anomalies are recorded
    • Reports that summarize cluster efficiency.
  • Single Node Clusters Running VMs
  • Connect to Citrix Cloud
  • Support for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016
  • RDMA Support for Dual NIC NX Platforms
  • AOS Data-at-Rest Encryption
  • AHV Turbo Data Path
  • Support for vNUMA
  • vGPU Support on AHV
  • Hot Plugging Memory and CPU on Virtual Machines – No longer Tech preview

Tech Preview

  • Categories Support in Prism Central
  • Microsegmentation Policies in Prism Central
  • Scale Out Prism Central
  • Nutanix API v3 Tech Preview

!!!! As usual do not use tech preview features in production environments !!!!

Acropolis Container Services (ACS) and TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0, SSLv3 and any non-Ephemeral Cipher Suites have been deprecated

Useful links

AHV

The following features are introduced:

  • AHV Turbo Data Path which is a more efficient storage path that will give you quite a big performance boost
  • vGPU. A lot of people have asked about this over the years and now it is finally here. Will make the AHV hypervisor even more attractive
  • vNUMA. Will give large VMs spanning a physical NUMA node better performance since the underlying NUMA topology can be presented to the VMs. It’s a per VM configuration.
  • Hot Plugging Memory and CPU on Virtual Machines – No longer Tech preview

Useful links

Prism Central

The following features are introduced:

  • Support Case Management through Prism Central
  • Self Service Portal has now moved into Prism Central and does not reside on the individual Nutanix clusters anymore.
    • Support for OpenLDAP for Self-Service Portal
  • Support for User Principal Name (UPN) Credentials and Service Accounts
  • Machine Learning Capability
    • VM “right sizing” where VMs are analyzed
    • Anomaly detection to record when performance or resource usage is outside an expected range based on learned VM baseline behavior.
    • “Smart” alerts that trigger when specified anomalies are recorded
    • Reports that summarize cluster efficiency.
  • Nutanix Calm Integration into Prism Central
  • Updated Controller VM Kernel and Python

Tech Preview

  • Categories
  • Scale Out Prism Central

!!!! As usual do not use tech preview features in production environments !!!!

Useful links

Nutanix Cluster Check NCC

NCC 3.5 adds 22 new checks and 2 checks were removed.

NCC is supported on:

  • Clusters running AOS 4.7 through AOS 5.5 and later versions
  • AHV / Hyper-V / ESXi / XenServer hypervisors
  • All Nutanix NX and SX Series models
  • Dell EMC XC Series Hyperconverged Appliances
  • Lenovo Converged HX Series
  • Lenovo / Dell / Nutanix G6 Intel Skylake CPU based platforms

Not supported:

  • Clusters running AOS versions prior to 4.7 or AOS 5.2.0.2 for IBM CS Series platforms.

Useful links

Foundation

New version adds support for:

  • Network segmentation configuration. Move CVM storage related traffic to a separate network and keep the other traffic on the CVM primary IP.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 – Not on G3 and G4 systems
  • Hyper-V on NX-1175S-G5
  • NX-9030-G5, which uses RDMA NICs.

Useful links

LCM

New version adds functionality to update firmware and software versions on G6 platforms for the following components:

  • M.2 hypervisor boot device
  • BIOS
  • BMC
  • LSI SAS 3008 HBA card (2U4N form factor)

Useful links

 

Enjoy the new releases.

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