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Intel Data Center Blocks for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

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by Intel on 06/11/2020
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

As business demands become more dynamic, running workloads on rigid legacy architectures no longer makes sense.

Enterprises are shifting from separate storage, storage networks and servers to software-defined systems. A single hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) system enables an agile, scalable data-center foundation that delivers more flexibility, easier provisioning and lower costs.

So it’s no surprise that HCI is a fast-growing market, with a five-year compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 26.6% and revenue expected to hit $7.15 billion in 2021, according to research firm IDC.

Trusted Intel hardware certified by Nutanix

Together, Nutanix and Intel have developed fully validated and certified Intel Data Center Blocks for the HCI market. The result of this collaboration enables you to speed your path to market, grow your business with new revenue streams, and deliver peace of mind to your customers with technology and support from industry leaders.

Intel Data Center Blocks for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform are available as configure-to-order systems that include processors, server boards, chassis, power supply, storage, network and memory that have been validated to work together. Value-added resellers and system integrators add Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software to provide a fast route for building on-premises clouds.

HCI and the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud advantage

Your customers are modernizing their data centers, and they need help to transition, deploy and scale. Intel Data Center Blocks for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform are designed to allow IT teams to build and operate solutions that meld private, public and distributed cloud operating environments, and provide a single point of control to manage IT infrastructure and applications at any scale.

With a hyperconverged infrastructure, separate, siloed servers, storage networks, and storage arrays are replaced by a single scale-out solution, giving enterprises newfound agility.

Differentiated systems with technology leadership

Intel Data Center Blocks for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform are configurable, starting with two base server configurations:

> 2U 4-node system based on Intel Compute Module HNS2600BP family

> 2U 1-node system based on Intel Server Board S2600WF family

The advanced thermal design of Intel’s 2U 4-node DCB allows for high compute density, including options for more powerful CPUs that deliver more performance in a 2U space and at a lower hardware cost compared to four separate 1U or 2U systems. This makes an Intel Data Center Block based on the Intel Compute Module HNS2600BP an excellent choice for virtualized systems.

Intel’s 2U 1-node DCB, based on the Intel Server Board S2600WF, is architected for up to 24 high-performance flash storage devices, with balanced input and output operations. Greater throughput and lower latency allow for faster access to large data sets, which is desirable for enterprise-class workloads.

Both base systems encompass the hardware essential to hosting the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS. These fixed features include a chassis with redundant power, four computer modules or one server board, up to 24 x 2.5-inch drive bays, SAS controllers as needed per the number of drive bays, redundant cooling, and advanced server management.

Both platforms allow for customization to meet the compute, storage and networking requirements of specific end users. A Nutanix channel representative can also help to provide an accurate infrastructure sizing through the use of the Nutanix Sizer Tool.

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Customize your solution using Intel’s configure-to-order tool

Nutanix-certified Intel DCBs are available with a range of configurations for fast, simple and risk-free selection to fit different business use cases — including enterprise applications, server virtualization, virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases and remote office/branch office (ROBO).

Intel’s configure-to-order (CTO) system allows for customization and is designed to take the risk out of component selection, allowing only certified and compatible options. Customers are able to configure a solution that starts with either a S2600BP or S2600WF base platform and allows a variety of choices from the following items to meet their requirements:

> Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Gold, Silver and Platinum)

> DDR4 memory (16-, 32- and 64-GB DIMM)

> Metadata cache device (660GB to 3.84TB SSD)

> Storage devices (960GB to 3.84TB SSD)

> Networking 10GBASE-T and SFP+ available at launch. 25GbE with RocE RDMA is available too.

Get started with the CTO tool.

Peace of mind with support from industry leaders

Intel and Nutanix are collaborating to provide integrated support to help ensure a seamless customer experience. Intel DCB hardware is backed by world-class technical support and Intel’s standard 3-year warranty from the date of purchase, with optional 5-year warranty plans available for select components. They're also eligible for Advanced Warranty Replacement, allowing a replacement part to be sent before the defective part is returned — reducing downtime and speeding time to resolution.

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software is backed by award-winning support, industry leading services and global training. Resellers for this joint solution can capitalize on Intel member programs, with the Intel components helping to earn revenue credits and program benefits (points).

Check out these additional resources:

> Get more information on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

> Learn more about Intel Data Center Blocks for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

> Get Intel DCB warranty and support details


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