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The foundation for your enterprise cloud

Nutanix Acropolis combines compute, storage, networking, virtualization, and much needed data protection and security capabilities into a hyperconverged solution that powers your enterprise cloud. Eliminate storage silos, expensive virtualization technology, and dedicated management. Achieve operational agility while retaining your ability to choose your hardware and virtualization technology.

Turnkey solution for any application at any scale

Enterprise Cloud is a model for IT infrastructure and platform services that delivers the agility, simplicity, and pay-as-you-grow economics of public clouds without sacrificing the security, control and performance of a private infrastructure. Enterprise Cloud (EC) is made of three core components: Prism, Acropolis, and Calm. Prism is the management plane that provides a unified management interface that generates actionable insights for optimizing virtualization, infrastructure management and everyday operations. Acropolis is the foundation of the platform that starts with hyper-converged infrastructure then adds built-in virtualization, storage services, virtual networking and cross-hypervisor application mobility creating a turnkey solution that can be deployed out-of-the-box in 60 minutes or less. Calm adds native application orchestration and lifecycle management to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Calm decouples application management from the underlying infrastructure - enabling applications to be easily deployed into private or public cloud environments. The addition of advanced application management to the Nutanix platform turns common tasks into repeatable automations accessible to all IT teams, without giving up control across the infrastructure stack.

Acropolis “All-in-One” Solution at a glance

Key Components:

Nutanix Acropolis has 5 key components that make it a complete solution for delivering any infrastructure service:

Built-in AHV Virtualization

Nutanix Acropolis includes AHV, our native virtualization solution, and additionally supports the virtualization solutions of VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. Nutanix AHV is a comprehensive enterprise virtualization solution tightly integrated into Acropolis and is provided with no additional license cost. AHV delivers the features required to run enterprise applications, for example:

  • Combined VM Operations and Performance Monitoring via Nutanix Prism
  • Backup, Disaster Recovery, Host and VM High Availability
  • Dynamic Scheduling (Intelligent placement and resource contention avoidance)
  • Broad Ecosystem Support (Certified Citrix Ready, Microsoft Validated via SVVP)

Platform Services

Nutanix Acropolis delivers a comprehensive set of software-defined platform services so that IT organizations can consolidate all their workloads on the Nutanix platform and manage them centrally. The use cases include:

  • VM-centric storage to support almost any virtualized application
  • Container Centric storage with persistent storage support for Kubernetes and Docker.
  • Acropolis Block Services (ABS), a native block storage solution, for physical applications
  • Acropolis File Services (AFS), a native file storage solution for unstructured data such as large-scale home directories, user profiles and more.

Enterprise Storage Capabilities

Nutanix Acropolis employs MapReduce technology to deliver highly distributed Enterprise grade storage to ensure no single points of failure and negligible impact to real-time performance. Nutanix Enterprise Storage capabilitie include, but are not limited to:

  • Performance acceleration capabilities such as caching, data tiering & data locality
  • Storage optimization technologies, such as De-dupe, Compression & Erasure Coding
  • Data protection technologies to support snapshots to local, remote and cloud based sites
  • Disaster Recovery features, such as, synchronous, asynchronous, and near-synchronous replication.

Networking Services

Nutanix Acropolis provides a comprehensive set of services to visualize the network, automate common network operations and secure the network through native services and partner integration. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Application-centric visualization of the physical and virtual network topology to instantly diagnose and fix common networking issues.
  • Open APIs that enable network devices and services such as top-of-rack switches, application delivery controllers (ADC) and firewalls to automatically adapt based on application lifecycle events.

Enterprise Cloud is the Future of IT

World’s most advanced data-centers rely on Nutanix technology and solutions to power their workloads at any scale. It’s time for businesses to move away from legacy infrastructure. Eliminate the need for stand alone SAN or NAS-based storage and expensive virtualization and mitigate complexity and silos. Let Enterprise Cloud enable the possibility to run applications in the right environment at the right time.

Software Editions:

Acropolis is available in several editions to fit your datacenter needs.

Core set of software functionality Rich data services, resilience and management features The full suite of Nutanix software capabilities to tackle complex infrastructure challenges
Ideal For Small-scale deployments with a limited set of workloads Running multiple applications or large-scale single workload deployments Multi-site deployments and advanced security requirements
Enterprise Storage
Cluster Size 12 Unlimited Unlimited
Heterogeneous Clusters
VM-centric Snapshots & Clones
Data Tiering
Inline Compression
Inline Performance Deduplication
Online Cluster Grow/Shrink
Acropolis Container Services
Acropolis Block Services
Acropolis File Services Standalone license available Standalone license available
MapReduce Compression
MapReduce Deduplication
Erasure Coding (EC-X)
VM Flash Mode
Infrastructure Resilience
Data Path Redundancy
Tunable Redundancy Factor 2 2 or 3 2 or 3
Availability Domains
Data Protection
Disaster Recovery with Async Replication (1hr or larger RPO)
Application Consistent Snapshots
Local Snapshots
Self Service Restore
Cloud Connect
Multiple Site DR (many to many)
Metro Availability
Disaster Recovery with NearSync or Sync Replication (1min-1hr RPO or 0 RPO)
Client Authentication
Cluster Lockdown
Data-at-Rest Encryption (SED and Software Based)
Management & Analytics
Prism Starter
Cluster Health
One-click Upgrades (Nutanix OS & Hypervisor)
Rest APIs
Supported Hypervisors
Nutanix AHV
VMware ESXi
Microsoft Hyper-V
XenServer for Citrix workloads
Built-In Virtualization (Nutanix AHV)
VM Management
Intelligent VM Placement
VM Automated Resource Scheduling
VM Affinity Rules
Virtual Network Configuration
Host Profiles
VM High Availability
Open Stack Drivers
Hypervisor Conversion
Cross Hypervisor DR
Self Service Portal

Hyperconverged Platform:


Powerful, secure built-in virtualization that eliminates expensive hypervisor lock-in

An open platform for virtualization and application mobility

Nutanix Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure supports customer choice in virtualization solutions including VMware vShpere (ESXi), Microsoft HyperV, Citrix XenServer, and Nutanix AHV. Nutanix AHV is a license-free virtualization solution included with Acropolis that delivers enterprise virtualization ready for a multi-cloud world. With Acropolis and AHV, virtualization is tightly integrated into the Enterprise Cloud OS rather than being layered on as a standalone product that needs to be licensed, deployed and managed separately. Common tasks such as deploying, cloning and protecting VMs are managed centrally through Nutanix Prism, rather than utilizing disparate products and policies in a piecemeal strategy.

Native VirtualizationNative Virtualization

Nutanix AHV is an enterprise-class virtualization solution included with the Acropolis Enterprise Cloud OS, with no additional software components to install and manage. ​Starting with proven open-source virtualization technology, AHV combines an enhance data path for optimal performance, security hardening, virtual networking, and enterprise virtualization management features to deliver a more powerful, yet leaner, virtualization stack with no software bloat, no costly shelfware, and lower virtualization costs.

  • VM Operations
    Create, delete, update, power, pause/resume, snapshot, clone VMs, access via remote console
  • Image Management
    Convert and upload disk / ISO images to a Nutanix cluster
  • Intelligent Placement
    Determine initial placement of virtual machines based on CPU and memory availability
  • Live Migration
    Migrate VMs across hosts in a Nutanix cluster with zero downtime
  • Cross-Hypervisor Migration
    Migrate VMs between virtual environments running different hypervisors easily
  • Automated High Availability
    Automatically restart VMs on healthy nodes in case of a node failure
  • Converged Backup and Disaster Recovery
    Create on-cluster local snapshots and/or replicate to remote cluster for backup and DR
  • Analytics
    Monitor and report key metrics for both VMs and the infrastructure (hypervisor, physical nodes)
  • Data Path Optimization
    Enhanced IO data path providing superior network and storage performance that is ready for next generation hardware

Application Mobility

The Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (ADSF) contains technology that allows applications and data to move freely between runtime environments, giving IT professionals the freedom to choose the best environment to run enterprise applications. This includes a broad range of capabilities for migrating between different environments, including from non-Nutanix infrastructure to Nutanix systems, between Nutanix systems supporting different hypervisors, and between Nutanix and public clouds.


A omprehensive set of network services to visualize, automate and secure the network.

Simplify networking operations

Nutanix provides a comprehensive set of services to visualize the network, application communications, create policy and secure VM-VM communications, and automate common network operations and expand functionality through partner integration.

Network VisualizationNetwork Visualization

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud gives IT teams an application-centric visualization of the physical and virtual network topology, providing at-a-glance insight into server, virtualization and storage resources.

  • VM Level View
    Visually understand how individual virtual machines (VMs) are connected to the network infrastructure to better identify and triage network issues.
  • Deep Analytics
    Get detailed health and performance statistics of the network environment to better monitor application SLAs.
  • Application Visualization
    Visualize the communication between VMs in your applications. Take the mystery out of network policy creation.

Network SecurityNetwork Security

Applications running on Nutanix can be protected from network security threats with advanced microsegmentation services. Nutanix delivers native VM microsegmentation in addition to supporting integration with services available from multiple Nutanix Elevate Technology partners.

  • Centralized Policy
    One single point of control for all east-west VM communication.
  • Application-Centric
    Policy is decoupled from networking attributes. Enforcement follows VM and applications.
  • Flow Visualization
    Easily see existing network flows between VMs and applications.
  • Service Chaining
    Support for third party security vendor service insertion between VMs.
  • Zoning and Ring Fencing
    Create isolation or restricted zones of communications.
  • Quarantine
    Preconfigured quarantine policies for manual or automated containment.

Network Orchestration

Acropolis includes open APIs that enable network devices and services such as top-of-rack switches, application delivery controllers and firewalls to automatically adapt based on application lifecycle events.

Acropolis Security

Defense in depth through a security-first approach

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform combines powerful security features, including role based access control (RBAC), two-factor authentication, Application Security from VM microsegmentation, and FIPS compliant data at rest encryption, with a Security Development Lifecycle (SecDL) that is integrated into product development. Increase your security posture and reduce threats with a self-healing security configuration baseline that exceeds the requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Security Standards and Certifications

Our SecDL process is based on multiple security standards and validation programs. It complies with the strictest international standards, including the SP800-53 guidelines, to assure governments worldwide that Nutanix products perform as expected and work with their existing technology.

Security Standards and Certifications


Nutanix uses a unique Security Development Lifecycle (SecDL) to incorporate security into every step of the software development process, from design and development to testing and hardening. The Nutanix solution is certified across a broad set of evaluation programs for government, financial services and healthcare to ensure compliance.

Security Development Lifecycle

  • SecDL Integration
    Security is incorporated into every step of the product development lifecycle and covers the entire hyperconverged infrastructure stack, including storage, virtualization, and management.
  • Fully Automated Testing
    SecDL testing is fully automated during development and all security-related code modifications are timed during minor releases to minimize risk.
  • Threat Modeling
    Threat modeling is used to assess and mitigate customer risk from code changes.

System Level Security

  • Two-Factor Authentication
    If implemented, logins require a combination of a client certificate and username/password. Administrators can use local accounts built into the Nutanix UI, or use Active Directory.
  • Native Network Microsegmentation
    Nutanix Flow provides native VM microsegmentation and application visibility. Easily visualize and secure applications to increase security posture and prevent the spread of network threats.
  • Data at Rest Encryption (Hardware)
    Nutanix encrypts user and application data to a level of FIPS 140-2 Level 2 compliance through factory-installed self-encrypting drives (SED), and meets HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOX standards.
  • Data at Rest Encryption (Software)
    Nutanix encrypts user and application data to a level of FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliance through the use of standard drives and software based encyrption, and meets HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOX standards.
  • Power Failure Safeguards
    In the event of a power cycle or host reboot, Nutanix software retrieves the keys from the key management server and uses them to unlock the drives.
  • Key Administration
    Instantly reprogram security keys to meet site-specific policies, or use Crypto Erase to instantly erase all data on the drive while generating a new symmetric encryption key.
  • Industry Compatibility
    Rather than storing keys on the nodes themselves, Nutanix software interfaces with third-party key management servers using the industry-standard Key Management Interface Protocol (KMIP).
  • Cluster Lockdown
    Administrators can restrict access to a Nutanix cluster in security-conscious environments, disabling interactive shell logins automatically and leveraging non-repudiated SSH keys.


Powerful automation and self-healing security models help maintain continuous security in enterprise cloud environments with efficiency and ease. Nutanix developed our own Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) to speed up the accreditation process for the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Risk Management Framework (DIARMF).

  • Fast Baseline Checks and Validation
    The Nutanix STIGs are written in XCCDF format and support the SCAP standard for compatibility with automated assessment tools like HBSS, cutting down accreditation time.
  • Automatic Configuration Management
    Security configuration management automation (SCMA) efficiently checks over 800 security entities in the Nutanix STIGs that cover both storage and built-in virtualization.
  • Self-Healing
    Nutanix leverages SaltStack and SCMA to self-heal any deviation from the security baseline configuration of the OS and hypervisor to remain in compliance.

Enterprise Storage CapabilitiesStorage Services:

Enterprise Storage Capabilities

Scalable, resilient and high performance storage

Enterprise data storage as an on-demand service

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform eliminates the need for traditional SAN and NAS solutions by employing a highly distributed software architecture. It delivers a rich set of software-defined services that are entirely VM-centric, including snapshots, high availability, disaster recovery, deduplication and more.

Performance Acceleration

Nutanix web-scale solutions employ a variety of advanced mechanisms to drive the highest possible performance for a wide range of virtualized workloads. Powerful acceleration capabilities such as caching, automatic data tiering and data locality speed storage performance. Server-attached flash storage is used both as a high-performance read cache, as well as a persistent data tier in a Nutanix hyperconverged system.

Intelligent Distributed Data Tiering

  • Automatic Optimization
    Application and user data is automatically placed in the optimal storage tier - flash or HDD - to yield the fastest performance and optimize capacity in the cluster.
  • Hot Data
    The most frequently accessed data ("hot" data) is placed in the SSD or cache tier for near instantaneous access by VMs.
  • Cold Data
    As data becomes "cold,'"it is demoted into the higher capacity HDD tier for more efficient storage, so that SSD and cache capacity remains available for new "hot" data.
  • Data Placement Management
    MapReduce technology manages data placement as a distributed, background process to ensure negligible impact to real-time performance.
  • Heterogeneous Cluster
    Support for heterogeneous cluster that includes Hybrid, all flash, and compute heavy nodes.

Data Localization

  • Localized Write I/O
    Data stays proximate to the VM and allows write I/O operations to be localized on that same node.
  • Continuous Analysis
    Each Nutanix Controller VM (CVM) continually analyzes whether I/O requests are satisfied by storage resources local on that node, or from another node in the cluster.
  • Transparent Migration
    If a VM migrates to another host for load balancing in an active migration scenario, hot data automatically follows the VM to maintain the highest performance.
  • Intelligent Migration
    After a certain number of read requests made by a VM to a controller that resides on another node, Nutanix data localization moves the remote data to the local controller.
  • Data Localization Management
    Data localization is managed as a MapReduce job to take full advantage of all cluster resources and not impact system performance.

Datapath Optimization

  • AHV Turbo
    New optimized datapath for AHV IO. No VM reconfiguration required (single SCSI adapter).
  • Range of I/O Sizes
    End-to-end support for I/O sizes from 512 bytes up to 1 MB ensures optimal performance across a wide range of workloads and delivers application-tuned metadata efficiency.
  • Variable Lengths
    Unlike traditional storage systems that break up incoming I/O requests into fixed 4KB chunks, Nutanix efficiently handles block sizes of variable length across the entire write path.

Next Generation Platform Support

  • RDMA Support
    Support of RDMA in node to node replication paths. Optimized CVM-CVM communications to benefit all NDFS storage operations.
  • NVMe Support
    Support for low latency and high performance NVMe SSD drives.
  • AHV vGPUs
    Enable better desktop experience for VDI by supporting nVidia vGPUs: Tesla M10 & M60.


The Nutanix platform is fault resistant, with no single point of failure and no bottlenecks. A shared-nothing architecture - where all data, metadata and services are distributed to all nodes within the cluster - is built to detect, isolate and recover from failures anywhere in the system for an always-on operation.

Availability Domains

  • Intelligent Data Placement
    Intelligent data placement across different physical domains (e.g., separate racks or power sources) protects against appliance and rack failures.
  • Robust Protection
    Availability domains allow Nutanix clusters to survive the failure of multiple servers in a physical enclosure without loss to data or service, providing greater system-level resilience without increasing storage capacity.
  • 100% Software-defined Flexibility
    Administrators can configure and manage availability domains at the storage container level in clusters with five or more nodes.

Tunable Redundancy

  • User-defined Resilience
    Administrators can configure data redundancy based on application SLAs and the criticality of the data set, with a replication factor (RF) of two or three.
  • Automatic Data Reconstruction
    If a node fails, data is automatically read from other nodes. If the node does not come back online, all data on the affected node is automatically reconstructed to ensure full redundancy and data protection.
  • Synchronous Replication
    Data is written to a VM's local node and is synchronously replicated to one or more other nodes in the cluster, ensuring that all data exists in at least two independent locations and remains highly available.

Datapath Redundancy

  • High Availability During Controller VM Unavailability
    Multiple copies of data ensure 100% data availability in the event that a Nutanix Controller VM is unavailable due to failure or maintenance.
  • Transparent Failover
    If the Nutanix Controller VM becomes unavailable, Nutanix auto-pathing automatically re-routes requests to a healthy Controller VM running on another node in the cluster.
  • Fault-tolerant Architecture
    Every node in a Nutanix cluster has access to all replicas so that I/O requests can be serviced immediately by any node, providing N-way, fully fault-tolerant failover for all VMs in the cluster.

Data Integrity Checks

  • Detection and Repair of Silent Data Corruption
    The system scans data in the background and checks against checksums in the metadata store. If it detects an error, it will overwrite the bad data with the good copy.
  • Automatic Integrity Checks
    On every read, a checksum is computed for the data being read and compared with the stored checksum. In the case of an inconsistency, the error is corrected.
  • Automatic Isolation and Recovery
    If a drive fails, the system automatically runs a scan and replicates any data that is not redundant. During the failure and recovery process, both data and access to data are preserved.


  • Performance Tier Deduplication
    Removes duplicate data in the content cache (SSD and memory) to reduce the footprint of an application's working set, enabling more working data to be managed in the content cache for better performance.
  • Capacity Tier Deduplication
    Global, post-process MapReduce deduplication reduces repetitive data in the capacity tier to increase the effective storage capacity of a cluster.
  • Simplified Management
    Easily configured and managed at vdisk granularity for fine-grained control.


  • Increase Capacity by up to 4x
    Data compression can be enabled as an inline capability as data is written to the system, or post-process as a series of MapReduce jobs after the data has been written, eliminating any impact on write path performance.
  • Leverage All Resources
    Unlike traditional architectures where compression operations run on one or two CPUs, Nutanix compression runs on each node in the cluster to leverage all system compute and memory resources.
  • Compress a Variety of Data Types
    Nutanix uses the Snappy compression algorithm to compress a variety of data types more efficiently, and includes the option to compress data at the sub-block level for greater simplicity.

Erasure Coding with Nutanix EC-X

  • Resilience with Capacity Efficiency
    A mathematical function is applied around a data set to calculate parity blocks, which can then be used to recover data in the event of a failure.
  • Optimized Performance
    Nutanix systems switch between data replication for hot data and erasure coding for cold data based on I/O frequency to optimize performance and storage.
  • Nutanix EC-X
    This patent-pending algorithm distributes coding and rebuilds across the entire cluster to reduce vulnerability windows in the event of failures, and maintains data locality.


Improve performance with distributed caching of VM data for linked clones, redirect-on-write snapshots and writeable clones at the granularity of a single VM.

Snapshots & Clones

  • Near Zero Performance Impact
    Redirect-on-write snapshots and writeable clones at the VM level increase efficiency, while differential forever snapshots impose lower capacity overheads on the system.
  • Fine-grained Data Management
    Unlike systems that snapshot data at a volume or LUN level, Nutanix snapshots and clones are performed for individual VMs for fine-grained data management and protection.
  • Easy Clone Creation
    Create clones (writeable snapshots) of a base image in seconds, leveraging integration with popular offload capabilities, including the VMware API for Array Integration (VAAI), Microsoft Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) and SMI-s.

Shadow Clones

  • Unique Nutanix Feature
    Shadow Clones are a unique Nutanix feature that significantly improves performance by caching virtual machine data across a Nutanix cluster.
  • Ideal for Multi-reader Scenarios
    Gain performance where there are multiple VMs reading a single source of data, or in VDI deployments with linked clones (e.g., Citrix MCS Master VM or VMware View replica disks).
  • vDisk Access Trend Monitoring
    If read I/O requests originate from more than two remote Controller VMs (CVMs) and the local CVM, the vDisk is marked as immutable and cached locally, so read operations are satisfied by direct-attached storage resources.

VM Storage

Efficient, high-performance, and enterprise-grade VM storage

What is VM Storage?

Acropolis provides enterprise-grade VM-centric storage for virtualized applications. Unlike traditional storage solutions that were built in a pre-virtualization era, operations in Acropolis are optimized to work at a granularity of a single VM or vDisk. Additionally, complex storage operations such as LUN provisioning, zoning and masking are non-existent in Acropolis enabling deployment of highly available storage with just a few clicks.

VM Storage

High Performance for all Workloads

Choice and Flexibility Support for a wide range of hypervisors including Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V with native hybrid-cloud connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure.

  • Deploy VM-centric Storage in Seconds
    No more storage complexity, no more LUN provisioning. Give the VM datastore a name, set data redundancy levels, enable capacity optimization policies and you are done.
  • High Performance for all Workloads
    Choice and Flexibility Support for a wide range of hypervisors including Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V with native hybrid-cloud connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure.
  • Choice and Flexibility
    Support for a wide range of hypervisors including Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V with native hybrid-cloud connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Data Localization

  • Localized Write I/O
    Data stays proximate to the VM and allows write I/O operations to be localized on that same node.
  • Continuous Analysis
    Each Nutanix Controller VM (CVM) continually analyzes whether I/O requests are satisfied by storage resources local on that node, or from another node in the cluster.
  • Transparent Migration
    If a VM migrates to another host for load balancing in an active migration scenario, hot data automatically follows the VM to maintain the highest performance.
  • Intelligent Migration
    After a certain number of read requests made by a VM to a controller that resides on another node, Nutanix data localization moves the remote data to the local controller.
  • Data Localization Management
    Data localization is managed as a MapReduce job to take full advantage of all cluster resources and not impact system performance.

Shadow Clones

Nutanix Shadow Clones are a unique feature of the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform that allows for consistent performance at scale of large VDI and Multi-reader scenarios with VMs sitting on different hosts.

Shadow Clones

Acropolis File Services

Simple, scalable and reliable file storage for your enterprise cloud

What is AFS

Acropolis File Services (AFS) is a software-defined scale-out file storage solution for unstructured file data. It provides a highly available and massively scalable data repository for a wide range of deployments and applications. AFS is natively integrated into the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS, and it precludes the need for a separate NAS appliance by providing a consolidated solution with unified management for VM and file services.

  • Eliminate Complexity
    VM and file storage are on the same cluster, eliminating the complexity of deploying and managing a separate infrastructure stack for standalone NAS solutions.
  • Scale on Demand
    AFS is a 100% software-based service that can be deployed in minutes and scaled on demand with a single click.
  • Easily Grow Capacity
    Storage can be scaled independently of compute. A storage heavy or storage only Nutanix node can be added to the cluster, and additional file server VMs can be deployed instantaneously.
  • Ensure Availability
    AFS makes sure data is available during software upgrades, hardware upgrades and unexpected failures with no bottlenecks or isolated points of failure.
  • Protect and Recover Files
    Native snapshots and self-service recovery make recovery of files extremely easy.
  • Leverage Flexible Deployment Options
    AFS can be deployed on stand-alone clusters purely meant for file serving or integrated where virtual machines and data live in the same cluster.

Scale up or Scale out on demand easily and invisibly

AFS allows you to easily scale from 100s of users to 10s of thousands of users enabling you to store billions of files and PBs of data.

  • Turnkey Consolidation
    Can be deployed standalone for centralized management of file data or on an existing Nutanix cluster for better cluster utilization.
  • Single Namespace
    A single namespace is exported from the AFS cluster, no matter how large the cluster is.
  • Scale and Performance
    Built to handle billions of files by design, and tens of thousands of user sessions. As the environment grows, the cluster can be scaled up or scaled out.
  • Enterprise Storage
    Features Includes intelligent tiering, deduplication, erasure coding, and compression from DSF.

Scale up or Scale out on demand easily and invisibly

Container Storage

Enterprise class, persistent storage for containers

Container StorageWhat is Container Storage?

Nutanix Container Storage Services delivers enterprise features such as resiliency, availability, disaster recovery, and capacity optimization for both Docker and Kubernetes leveraging Acropolis Block Storage Services (ABS).

  • Persistent, Resilient Storage
    Persistent container volumes provide resilient storage for containerized stateful applications such as databases and web caches.
  • Container Plus Virtualized Applications
    A common platform that supports both virtualized and containerized environments allows DevOps to pick the best technology for their needs without creating infrastructure silos.
  • Acropolis DSF Benefits
    Persistent container volumes are backed by iSCSI block storage on the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF) with all the benefits of deduplication, compression, tiering and erasure coding.

Nutanix Kubernetes External ProvisionerNutanix Kubernetes External Provisioner

Nutanix provides a Kubernetes External Storage Provisioner that leverages Nutanix ABS (Acropolis Block Service) to dynamically provision, create, delete container volumes for stateful workloads.

Bridging the worlds of physical and virtual

ABS eliminates infrastructure silos by delivering the same simplicity Nutanix offers for virtualized workloads and file storage for physical workloads. In so doing, ABS bridges the physical and virtual worlds, consolidating infrastructure into a single unified platform.

Bridging the worlds of physical and virtual

Acropolis Block Services (ABS)Acropolis Block Services

A native scale-out block storage solution

Acropolis Block Services (ABS) is a native scale-out block storage solution that provides direct block-level access via the iSCSI protocol to the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (ADSF). It enables enterprise applications running on external servers to leverage the benefits of the hyperconverged Nutanix architecture.

  • Protect Existing Investments
    Connect storage with database environments such as Oracle, SQL Server and SAP that are deployed on specialized physical servers for price/performance or on bare-metal x86 to minimize software licensing costs.
  • Lower Costs
    Eliminate the need for traditional Fibre Channel SANs and other specialized products that drive costs higher and require specialized IT administrators to maintain.
  • Deliver Performance
    Ideal for non-virtualized, high-performance database applications - if a single Nutanix CVM can deliver 100,000 IOPS, a four-node Nutanix cluster can deliver an aggregated throughput of 400,000 IOPS.
  • Simplify Management
    The platform is simple, scalable, and enterprise-grade out of the box, and can easily be managed by IT generalists from within Prism.
  • Leverage Hyperconverged Benefits
    ABS delivers all the benefits of a hyperconverged environment, including intelligent data reduction, advanced disaster recovery, backup to the public cloud, and tiering capabilities.

Bridging the worlds of physical and virtual

ABS eliminates infrastructure silos by delivering the same simplicity Nutanix offers for virtualized workloads and file storage for physical workloads. In so doing, ABS bridges the physical and virtual worlds, consolidating infrastructure into a single unified platform.

Bridging the worlds of physical and virtual

Nutanix manages storage allocation and assignment for ABS through Volume Groups (VG). A VG is a collection of volumes known as virtual disks (vdisks). ABS presents VGs to both VMs and physical servers as iSCSI LUNs and managed by Prism.

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Data Protection:

Backup and Recovery

Delivers rich native integration of ecosystem partners and backup technologies


Enterprise-grade backups with single pane of glass management provide the ultimate simplicity in management, while seamless backups of data to public cloud services provide high availability. Take an unlimited number of snapshots of virtual disks and VMs locally, or replicate them to a remote site or a cloud service such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). With support for VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and application-level consistent snapshots using Microsoft Volume Shadow Services (VSS), your environment works seamlessly with Symantec NetBackup, CommVault Simpana, Hycu, Veeam, and more.

Converged Local Backups

  • Unlimited, Enterprise-grade Backups
    VM-centric snapshots and integrated workflows with single pane of glass management deliver RPO in minutes.
  • Intelligent Disk-balancing
    In heterogeneous clusters, Nutanix disk-balancing ensures that the data stored on nodes is proportional to the node storage capacity, increasing the effective storage available for snapshots.
  • Uncompromised Performance
    Nutanix Time Stream's redirect-on-write algorithm, VM-centric snapshots and file-level recovery provide optimum operational efficiency.
  • Simple Operations
    Create virtual copies of data and roll back state with a single click.
  • Self-service File Recovery
    End users can recover independent files inside a VM without having to recover the entire VM and without administrator intervention.
  • Near Unlimited Scalability
    Seamlessly add Nutanix hyperconverged appliances to existing clusters to support nearly unlimited retention of snapshots and fast recovery.

Advanced Capabilities

  • Remote Backups
    Integrated workflows simplify remote backups and one-click recovery.
  • Customized Scheduling
    VMs can be backed up or asynchronously replicated to another customer owned datacenter based on a user-defined schedule.
  • WAN Optimized
    During replication, data is compressed and replicated at the sub-block level for maximum efficiency and lower WAN bandwidth consumption.
  • Flexible Replication Topologies
    Replication topologies are flexible and bi-directional, enabling one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many (e.g., hub-and-spoke, full-mesh) deployments.

Ecosystem Integration

Nutanix hyperconverged solutions integrate with popular offload capabilities, including VMware API for Array Integration (VAAI) and Microsoft Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) to create clones in a matter of seconds with minimal overhead. Support for vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and application-level consistent snapshots through Volume Shadow Services (VSS) provide full integration with third-party tools such as Symantec NetBackup, Veeam, Commvault and VMware SRM. Integration with Commvault IntelliSnap delivers Commvault backup capabilities with enterprise grade storage features from Nutanix for a highly efficient backup solution.

Ecosystem Integration

DR Orchestration

Ability to protect all your applications - even your most mission-critical ones - with the RPO and RTO your business requires

Disaster Recovery

Nutanix provides both asynchronous and synchronous replication options to support infrastructure recovery as part of a complete business continuity plan. With these integrated and simple-to-use capabilities, many Nutanix customers find they are able to provide online DR for many more applications than they could in the past.

Metro Availability

Metro Availability synchronously replicates your most mission-critical applications and data to another site, ensuring that a full, real-time copy exists in each location. VMs can migrate or failover from a primary site to a secondary site in case of planned or unplanned outages, guaranteeing near-100% uptime for applications and zero data loss.

  • Continuous Availability
    Synchronous replication ensures continuous availability of data and business-critical applications during disasters and planned maintenance.
  • One-click Failover
    Simple and intuitive management that can be set up with a few simple steps, and failover that can be initiated with a single click.
  • Bi-directional Replication
    Metro Availability can be set up bi-directionally between two sites connected over a metro area network with a round trip latency of less than five milliseconds
  • Non-disruptive Migrations
    Virtualization teams can non-disruptively migrate virtual machines between sites, providing continuous data protection with zero (RPO) and near zero (RTO).

Metro Availability

Async Replication

Policy-based replication that is highly optimized for bandwidth usage. The replication supports cross-hypervisor, multi-site, and multi-topology replication. (RPO - RTO) /(minutes - minutes)

  • Protection for all applications
    Async replication provides protection for all application including your mission-critical apps. Secure your applications and data with minimal data loss in case of a disaster, and provide you with more granular control during the restore process.
  • Simple setup
    This solution delivers easy and intuitive workflows for setup, monitoring and failover events.
  • Freedom from latency & distance
    Async replication has No latency or distance requirements and allows resolution to a disaster event in minutes.

Async Replication


NearSync replication allows for RPOs as low as one minute for protecting your mission-critical applications. By leveraging Nutanix Light Weight Snapshots (LWS), NearSync supports more granular restore capabilities while leveraging the existing DR workflows in Prism. NearSync is supported with vSphere and AHV. There are no restrictions on latency or distance.

  • Highly Efficient
    Near Sync technology is continuous and efficient on-the-wire transfers and extremely simple to setup and failover.
  • Minimal data loss
    Highly granular restore capabilities - you chose which point in time to use for recovery. Thus it is capable of minimal data loss in case of disaster.


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