Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style
Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments
Measuring performance on a Nutanix box is something Nutanix does as a matter of course. Since the movement of data to and from the underlying storage is completely controlled by NDFS, it's also possible to monitor and track the moving parts in order to identify any bottlenecks. This snapshot of the vDisk status page shows the different types of performance measurements available.
Nutanix provides a diagnostics tool that will provision a VM per node with six virtual disks attached. Once the VM has been fully provisioned, the tool launches diskperf and fiotool to measure various performance parameters under known loads. Once complete, the results are aggregated to determine the overall cluster performance. A typical user won't run these tools, but they are available for the Nutanix System Engineers to use as a part of the post-installation process.
The Nutanix NX-3000 series of products provide a unique solution for virtualization deployments. Measuring this product against any other competition would be problematic as there really isn't anything like it. It's even tougher if you evaluate strictly on cost, which at a base price of $144,000 per appliance is significant. But the benefits -- high availability, high performance, all the advantages of centralized storage without the overhead -- are compelling. At the end of the day it's an ideal solution for high-end data centers looking to pack as much virtualization capacity into the least amount of space possible.
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