Had a great conversion with an IT professional a few days ago who was using Nutanix. He loves Nutanix – says it’s awesome – although he uses both Nutanix and traditional infrastructure (e.g., servers, SANs) as well. He was talking to us because he was trying to use Nutanix Cloud Connect to build a DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) capability using Amazon AWS.
Nutanix Cloud Connect is a Nutanix’s offering that enables Nutanix storage to be linked to Amazon AWS. In Nutanix’s own words, here’s a description:
Cloud Connect for AWS hosts a live Nutanix cluster in the cloud running on EC2 instances and using the Elastic Block Store for metadata and S3 storage for backups.
Of course, we offer Boomerang – a backup, DRaaS, cloudbursting offering that enables VMware administrators to efficiently and seamlessly replicate between their local VMware hypervisor-based infrastructure and AWS. We do this very efficiently by not involving higher cost AWS EC2 or EBS (or Elastic Block Storage.) We do this through a patented approach where we we send source-side deduplicated data directly to S3 buckets (including S3 IA (Infrequently Accessed) as well as S3 Standard buckets) and only involving EC2 and EBS when you’re ready to spin-up your virtual machines. We even convert VMware vSwitch to AWS CloudFormation automatically so that your infrastructure, not just single virtual machines, are understood and protected.
I plan on getting Nutanix community edition and trying it out this weekend – I might even use Ravello in AWS with EC2/EBS. If you’re using VMware vSphere, with or without Nutanix, I hope you’ll consider trying out Boomerang. We’ve made it so simply that you don’t even need an AWS account – but if you have one, you can use it as well. Let me know what you think.