Enterprises focused on improving data center efficiency and agility are adopting Nutanix, which merges compute, block storage and virtualization into a single, scalable hyperconverged infrastructure solution. However, Nutanix customers must also address another critical business concern: how to manage the steady growth in the volume and size of unstructured file data. Nasuni, when combined with Nutanix, offers an efficient solution to the file and block storage challenge.
Nasuni Edge Appliances are stateless, on-premises caches that provide NAS-level access to active files through standard CIFS and NFS protocols. Nutanix is the ideal host when Nasuni Edge Appliances are deployed as virtual machines. Each Nasuni Edge Appliance VM links the Nutanix node to one or more of Nasuni’s secure cloud storage volumes. Nasuni ensures only the frequently accessed files stay resident on the local Nutanix-hosted VM. The remaining files are stored only in the cloud. Nasuni Edge Appliance VMs can be deployed on Nutanix nodes running Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) or VMware vSphere.
Nutanix is perfect for database applications and other block storage workloads. But trying to use Nutanix to store unstructured file data that is growing exponentially wastes hyperconverged resources. The solution is to store file data in a more efficient and cost-effective way, without sacrificing file access or hindering the speed of the Nutanix system. Enter Nasuni. Nasuni enterprise file services, in conjunction with cloud object storage, offloads file data from Nutanix. Consequently, the life and capacity of Nutanix infrastructure is extended, enabling it to be used on the high-performance block workloads for which it was designed.