470746789As organizations look for opportunities for simplification, scalability and cost reduction in their virtualized infrastructures, the vendor community has responded with hyper‐converged infrastructures that relieve them of the burdens of design and integration. Nutanix has established itself as one of the visionary leaders in hyper‐converged and Web‐scale infrastructure, providing a scalable architecture that integrates the compute (server) tier and storage tier into a single platform. Their converged, 2U appliance holds up to four nodes, and scales quickly and easily with the addition of new nodes.

Nutanix takes a software‐defined approach to IT infrastructure for virtualization, bringing Web‐scale technologies—similar to those used by data‐driven companies such as Google and Facebook—to enterprise environments. Using the patented Nutanix Distributed File System as the underlying foundation for storage, IT organizations can support any type of virtualized workload with high performance, and at massive scale, without any of the complexity of legacy storage. It is one platform for all virtualization workloads ranging from desktops to enterprise applications to big data deployments.

CommVault Simpana offers a fresh approach to data management that complements converged infrastructure models and is optimized for the new challenges of the virtualized and cloud‐enabled data centers. CommVault’s approach helps reduce both cost and risk by eliminating the need for multiple point‐solutions that require complex integration, by delivering a fully integrated solution across the physical, virtual (VMware and Hyper‐V), and cloud‐based components of the modern data center. A scalable and adaptable approach enables users to store, relate, classify and search for all data across the enterprise. This results in IT that is more efficient in operations, disaster recovery, litigation, and compliance initiatives. CommVault has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Disk‐Based Backup/Recovery reports and listed as “Best in Class” by DCIG for Virtual Server Backup Software.

Recently, Sirius was engaged on two projects for backing up a VMware 5.5 environment with CommVault Simpana 10 running on a Nutanix infrastructure. The specific use cases were:

  • A data center environment using Nutanix for the virtual infrastructure, and a separate physical Media Agent and independent storage to house the backup data.
  • A remote office location with exclusively Nutanix infrastructure and a local virtual Media Agent. A central location was simulated where backup data was replicated.

The Nutanix solution is elegant in how it exposes storage to VMware ESXi as a NFS datastore, thus preserving all existing workflows for the virtualization admin. These projects confirmed Nutanix compatibility as “just another hardware platform” from a VMware ESX perspective. The Sirius team was able to capitalize on the VMware VAAI and VADP interfaces for backup and recovery. In this paper, Sirius storage experts document the various tests of the backup options available through CommVault and VMware.

Read the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Data Management white paper (.pdf)

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