Building a Nutanix cluster

I’ve been at Nutanix for 30 months now, and what a journey it has been. The software has many new features, some of which I would have never thought would be possible, H/W models to serve every application requirement and multiple H/W vendors with Supermicro, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco and now HPE and even multiple hypervisor options with our own AHV, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. 

Having such diversity, you need a strong story around installation and configuration. Going back to when I joined, I think it’s fair to say the automated installation process was still in it’s infancy, but today with CVM based foundation it’s a breeze and you can have multi-node clusters up and running guest VMs within an hour from the box, ever quicker if you choose AHV for the full native experience.

Whilst Nutanix documentation is solid, I was asked by a customer for a video guide to help them with internal training. Therefore I’m starting a simple video series, starting with the cluster build process. I posted here:

The video is making use of the java applet for build, and is installing a VMware vSphere cluster. There is no narration, just a simple run-through. Yes, it has been sped up in parts, else it would be a little boring.

Stay posted for the rest of the series.