Nutanix announces acquisition of PernixData and Calm.io

There has been plenty of guessing and leaked stories over the past month about Nutanix acquiring PernixData and today all of these stories can be forgotten and a bunch of new ones can start. These new stories will range from these are great moves to extend the features and lead that Nutanix has, to oh this is terrible for PernixData. All I can say is that I’m personally excited to see the PernixData team joining Nutanix, while some people have left already we wish them the best. I look forward to the many new teammates and working with them on exciting new projects. Our TME team is growing with an addition from the PernixData family as well as many others in different roles.

 

PernixData

I as well as many others have been a fan of PernixData for several years now. In my previous role, I had a chance to work with the product from its Beta period and as it matured as a solution. I’m personally excited to watch how both teams will merge into one and use the collective brain power to improve the performance of Nutanix platform and FVP. Something that is probably more exciting for me is going to be watching how the Architect analytics solution that Pernix built is used. Being a big fan of great analytics I have lots of ideas on how this could be used with existing and future capabilities being built.

In the press briefing, Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey spoke about some details around what attracted him to PernixData and some thoughts on what is planned.

Server-side storage technologies are going to become 100x faster with Intel’s push towards NVMe and storage-class memory. While we bring applications and data together in same servers, we have to hustle hard to get even closer to the CPU, and yet remain hypervisor-agnostic. SAN arrays, sitting over networks, will look archaic with the mass introduction of 3D-XPoint technologies.

 

PernixData helps us hug the application even more so. Hyperconvergence remains hypervisor-agnostic, as we place acceleration and data services strategically on the server.

 

Over the last 4 years, Pernix has built a very strong muscle memory around storage-class memory better than any other software startup that we know of. More importantly, they “see” every IO without compromising on data consistency. That vantage point gives them a unique advantage to pull off online application migration, the 1-click delight that Nutanix has always espoused for.
The two teams will work hard to make the acceleration engine and their datacenter analytics product work across multiple hypervisors, making our enterprise cloud operating system portable to multiple customer environments. And that deliberate parity between VMware ESXi and our very own AHV hypervisor will keep us authentic.

 

Calm.io

I personally have had very little time to dig into what Calm all has to offer and I missed an internal briefing due to some PTO time. But from exploring their website and watching some videos, I’m excited at the possibilities they bring around extending our cloud operations functions for workflows, deployments, scaling and many other important functions as organizations move towards cloud like operation.

The enterprise cloud operating system is not complete without an equal emphasis on 1-click automation and orchestration. Developers increasingly want to meld with ITOps, and want to think top-down about applications rather than infrastructure. While we’ve successfully sold to ITOps and application administrators in the last 4 years, it is time for us to go higher up the value chain, even closer to end-users, i.e., DevOps.

 

Calm was a Sequoia Capital-funded startup that was thinking deep about applications and visual design of app workflows. Everything in Nutanix has been about top-down design — Prism’s design has humanized infrastructure, the way we’ve thought of extremely mundane things in IT. That is exactly what we found in the Calm team — democratizing orchestration without writing too much code. Best part, its vision is extremely aligned with ours on the hybrid nature of future IT. Their pane of glass helps design and orchestrate applications across AWS, Azure, and on-prem web-scale infrastructure. The lightbulb moment came when we saw how elegantly they had integrated Nutanix into their story. It was more than 8-9 months of courtship, when we went deep to understand Aaditya, Jasnoor, and their brainchild called Calm.io.

 

With Calm integrated, customers will finally be able to choose the right cloud for the right workload, achieve seamless application mobility while experiencing the same simple, delightful, and consistent experience they have come to respect about Nutanix.

 

Press Release

Here is the official press release:

Nutanix Announces Two Strategic Acquisitions

PernixData and Calm.io Augment Data and Control Fabrics

of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

 

San Jose, CALIFORNIA – August 29, 2016 – Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that PernixData and Calm.io will join the Nutanix family.

 

Nutanix has executed a definitive agreement to acquire PernixData, a pioneer in scale-out data acceleration and analytics. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. In addition, Nutanix has closed the acquisition of Calm.io, an innovator in DevOps automation.

 

By adding world-class technology, products and engineering talent, Nutanix can accelerate the delivery of an Enterprise Cloud Platform that rivals the agility, automation and consumer-grade simplicity of the public cloud but with the control, security and attractive long-term economics of on-premises infrastructure. These additions will enable Nutanix to pioneer new software stacks for storage-class memory systems, enhance its Application Mobility Fabric (AMF) with cross-cloud workload migration and bring rich, cloud-inspired orchestration and workflow automation to its Prism management software.

 

The New Data Fabric for the post-Flash Era

 

Nutanix and PernixData share an architectural design philosophy that next-generation datacenter fabrics must keep data and applications close in order to drive the fastest possible performance and to deliver flexible, cost-effective infrastructure scaling. With this common vision, the two companies will develop an advanced data stack to replace traditional storage silos and high-latency networks with newer storage-class memory and advanced interconnects. These planned strategic investments in new server and storage technologies will provide customers with a re-imagined data fabric for a post-flash era of enterprise computing.

 

The combined teams will also focus on reducing the inertia of application data that inhibits workload mobility across virtual and cloud environments. Planned enhancements to Nutanix App Mobility Fabric (AMF) will deliver the flexibility to run any application in any environment, without business-critical data being held hostage to a legacy infrastructure.

 

“PernixData software has helped hundreds of customers virtualize their applications without compromising performance and visibility,” said Poojan Kumar, CEO and co-founder, PernixData. “With highly aligned cultures, ambition and talent, we are genuinely excited to join the Nutanix team. And, with our common devotion to 100% software-driven solutions, will look forward to helping customers accelerate their journey to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.”

 

Unleash DevOps in the Enterprise Cloud

The Calm.io and Nutanix teams will work to bring an application-first approach to choosing, managing and consuming IT infrastructure – enabling customers to pick the right cloud for each application. Nutanix plans to add cloud automation and management capabilities to its existing software stack to deliver application and service orchestration, runtime lifecycle management, policy-based governance, comprehensive reporting and auditing services to support all application environments, including virtual machines, containers and microservices. Together, Calm.io and Nutanix plan to bring together clouds, platforms and people, on an elegantly simple pane-of-glass.

 

“We have shared a similar vision as Nutanix since day one – datacenter infrastructure must be fully automated, simple to deploy and easy-to-use,” said Aaditya Sood, Calm.io CEO and founder, “We are excited to join the Nutanix team to work together to eliminate the daunting complexity of legacy datacenters by taking a radical, application-centric view of IT infrastructure.”

 

“Today is a very special day in Nutanix’s history,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Nutanix. “PernixData and Calm.io both have exceptional technology, solid engineering teams, and visionary leaders with the ‘Founder’s Mentality’; they have dreamt big and persevered against great odds to build phenomenal products. We are honored to welcome them into the Nutanix family, and build the next generation of innovative products and truly helping our customers realize the vision of the Enterprise Cloud.”

 

PernixData and Calm.io customers can expect further communication in the following weeks.

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Whats new in Horizon 6.2 and why should you care

Today at VMworld 2015, VMware announces the Horizon 6.2 release and the updates that will be available later this week. That’s right my fellow EUC nerds, we will not have to wait long to take advantage of these new little goodies. As great of an EUC story that VMware has built already, they have had multiple little things that plagued them when being compared to Citrix for certain customer requirements. This new release is going to help with several of these items and hopefully we won’t have to wait long for more to be released.

RDS Application Updates

Ever since VMware added the RDS functionality to Horizon in 2014 for shared desktops and application presentation I have been excited about the possibilities. They have improved on functionality in short bursts in the last 12 months, but even with that at times it felt like they were not closing gaps fast enough.

The Horizon 6.2 announcement today is going to close several of what most would can required gaps.

RDS Apps with Cloud Pod

I have to admit I’m not a big supported of the Cloud Pod architecture that is offered from VMware as a multi-site architecture, but the face that it was only for desktops in the past was silly. In the 6.2 update the Cloud Pod offering now supports global entitlements for applications and the associated placement and load balancing that has been available for desktops.

rds cloud pod

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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CloudPhysics adds more features and Sexy Dashboards

This weeks major announcements form CloudPhysics focus on changes in your VMware environment. Often it is a change that brings about an adverse reaction such as a crash or performance issue. Without good insight and control admins are often left wondering what might have caused the issue they are battling at that moment. When fighting the fire thinking about recent changes can be the last thing that someone might be thinking about.

They struggle to understand whether changes — intended or accidental — result in performance disruptions and availability issues waiting to ignite. Further, when things go wrong, there is an inability to replay the changes over time to correlate events or trends that caused the current problem.

To help illustrate these changes and continue to build on their maturing performance reporting capabilities, CloudPhysics will be showing offer their new dashboards. In the previous versions of CloudPhysics data was presented in very focused details through their card’s which were similar to reports. The cards will still be available and a major part of the platform, but dashboards are taking their super metrics to the next level.

I’ve seen great products with ugly interfaces in the past, but getting the look of the product is critical. I think that these new dashboards from CloudPhysics are some of the best looking ones that I’ve seen from any tools vendor. The sample dashboard below is focused on showing performance and capacity details. The sections can be changed to show different data and time periods.

CloudPhysics dashboard

 

The second dashboard sample shown below is focusing in on CPU Rdy time a very important stat for admins. It is also showing the changes that have taken place in the environment along with when and who executed them. These are some great details and they are presented in an easy to consume and good looking interface.

CloudPhysics exploration mode

 

I would like to congratulate the CloudPhysics team on another great update to their product. I look forward to testing these new features out very soon.

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Whats new in vSphere 5.5

With all the crazy media traffic going on this week with VMworld this post will probably get little attention. But I wanted to put something together that summarizes the updates in vSphere 5.5

I’m not going into in depth coverage of each of these you can find that at the link to the VMware PDF at the end of the post. I have offered my commentary on the items that I think are the most interesting.

vSphere ESXi Hypervisor Enhancements

  • Hot-Pluggable SSD PCI Express (PCIe) Devices
  • Support for Reliable Memory Technology
  • Enhancements for CPU C-States

Virtual Machine Enhancements

  • Virtual Machine Compatibility with VMware ESXi™ 5.5
  • Expanded vGPU Support (Now support GPUs from Intel and AMD, good to see the hardware list expand this will only help in adoption)
  • Graphic Acceleration for Linux Guests

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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CloudPhysics releases the Card store and VMworld contest

As VMworld continues to inch closer and closer the number of announcements continues to grow. There are people announcing new jobs and companies taking the covers off of new product offerings before the big show even starts. Well today I’m happy to help CloudPhysics announce their new Card Store feature and this years VMworld contest.

VMworld Contest

Much like they did last year the team at CloudPhysics will be running another contest for VMworld. This year they are taking it up another notch by running the contest in two phases. The first phase starts today and runs up to VMworld. They are giving away some amazing prizes again this year.

dates

Best of all they have already released a large amount of cards that were suggestions from the community in last years contest. The cards created in this years contest will be available for all to use, this is good for the community and is helping CloudPhysics build a better product.

prizes

You can find out the full details of the contest by reading the post from CloudPhysics.

CloudPhysics Card Store

The card store from CloudPhysics takes the Card Builder feature they released this summer and adds the ability to share with your company or the community. The image below is a snapshot I grabbed from the Card Store this morning it was already populated with a number of new cards released from CloudPhysics. This allows users to add these cards to their Deck or view and start getting more detailed reporting about their VMware environment.

I really like the idea of a Card Store, today people go off searching various blogs for posts looking for a script that might do what they are trying to accomplish. I think many of these needs could be met with cards in the Card Store and would ease the anxiety of admins not strong with scripting that they can trust these cards over a mystery script.

card-store

 

How to play the game

To enter and play the contests all you need to do is have or sign up for a free CloudPhysics account. You will then be able to create cards with the Card Builder and share they with the community. You can then start earning points based on cards you build and how popular they are. So please do not create a bunch of redundant or rubbish cards people. lets really dig deep and create some cards that would be valuable to yourself and other VMware admins.

how-to-play

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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