Continuing our journey with testing out Nutanix AHV functionality for one of our partners, one of things we wanted to get deployed was Prism Central.    Prism Central is very similar to VMware’s vCenter, defining Prism Central as  “software provides centralized infrastrcuture management, one-click simplicity and intelligence for everyday operations.”

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As I wrote about in the last post that started our journey with Nutanix and Mellanox, we will be testing AHV DR replication for one of our partners while evaluating the use of the Mellanox SX switch platform for a lower cost 10/40Gbe switch.

The NX-1050 Block was pre-configured at another location, so all network subnets will be recreated in this lab. The NX-3050 block is net new, and that will be configured onsite.

This post will serve as the initial setup of the lab testing environment and topology.

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I’ve been given the opportunity to do some testing with 2 Nutanix blocks and a Mellanox SX1012 switch for one of our customers, who is looking to do some disruptive changes to the platform they deploy their software onto.

Background

Currently, we partner with this customer to do your typical 3-Tier infrastructure deployments with EMC VNX/VNXe for Storage, Cisco Catalyst and Nexus for switching, Cisco UCS or HP for compute and VMware vSphere for the hypervisor. While this solution has worked very well over the years, when we approached this partner a few years ago with Nutanix, the interest was there but the justification was hard to come by.

Fast forward to this year, we were able to get our partner out to the Nutanix .Next conference for an executive briefing and generate some more internal interest.

To say we were successful is an understatement! By the time we had gotten over our jetlag coming home, it was how fast can we get a POC box onsite to test with. We got a box into their hands, a nice 4 node NX-1050 model, I headed out to California, did the install and gave them the keys and let them start testing – all on Nutanix’s Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).

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I have to say, I love working for eGroup.  We’ve put together and awesome group of people company wide, but especially on my team – the Data Center Architecture team it’s a group of really smart, hard working guys.

For the 6th year in a row, we (eGroup) have achieved Cisco’s Advanced Data Center Architecuture Specialization.  You can read the press release here, but what it really comes down to is we’ve put together a team that can go into any size Data Center, and provide our customers with solutions that make sense and work for them.
I’m really proud to see where we’re going, starting with the Advanced Data Center Architecture specialization, and looking towards the Advanced Security Architecture specialization among others.
So to everybody at eGroup, awesome job and let’s keep it up!

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What a week we’ve had, and really I mean Yesterday!

Finally home after a 3rd straight week in NY doing some fun installs for one of our partners. Being home in SC in the summer always feels good. Like being in an oven good.

We started off the morning with the announcement from Nutanix and Cisco that Nutanix now runs on UCS. Read the awesome info here, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

Then, Microsoft blows our minds with the release of Powershell for MacOS and Linux. I couldn’t download it fast enough!

On to Friday news…

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Onto the Logical Router….

In Part 1 of my Deploying NSX series, we covered the prep of NSX in the environment, including deploying the NSX Manager appliance, deploying NSX Controllers and vSphere host preparation. In Part 2 this part of the series, we covered the creation of Logical Switches and our NSX Edge, which consist of our Edge Services Gateway (Providing DHCP, Firewall, VPN, NAT, Routing and Load Balancing capabilities). In our 3rd part in the series, we’ll cover the deployment of the Logical Router, which provides our routing and bridging for the existing networks, as well as configuring routing to get traffic into and out of our new NSX environment.

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