Nutanix launches server/storage appliance for virtual environments

Unlike conventional storage architectures, the Complete Cluster is a new approach

Nutanix this week launched the Complete Cluster appliance, which according to the company's claims performs 10x better than traditional server and storage area network combinations.

Targeted at mid-sized businesses with IT generalists, the 2U appliance consists of four blocks, each containing eight Intel Xeon servers with a total of 48 cores. These servers contain flash-based storage from Fusion-io and connect to SATA-based Intel solid state drives and 5TBs of Seagate SATA hard disk drives. The system can be scaled by adding blocks.

The Fusion-io adapters store metadata for indexing and retrieval. Each node runs VMware ESXi and supports vMotion, High Availability and Dynamic Resource Scheduling, as well as VM cloning, backup and capacity optimization.

The Complete Cluster also includes snapshot and replication capabilities and RAID protection.

The Nutanix Complete Cluster consists of three nodes and costs $115,000. A three-node starter kit is also available and costs $75,000.

It's about time that someone took a new look at how servers and storage are architected and introduced a converged server and storage appliance that is fast and targeted at virtualized infrastructures.

Hard drives vs. SSDs

In other news, SSG-NOW just launched a new report on solid state drives. The Solid State Drive and High Speed Memory Report and Survey is available from Storage Strategies NOW. It includes an end-user survey conducted by the Storage Networking Industry Association and SSG-NOW that concludes among other findings that over 70% of respondents are planning to deploy solid state drives and high-speed memory, with 25% already implemented, 32% evaluating and 31% currently implementing the technology. You can get more information on the report by emailing

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