Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to start your engines!! As a Nutanix NTC, I had the exclusive privilege to test drive Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The module is an interactive session that guided me step-by-step throughout the entire process and I’d like to share my experience with you.
The Test Drive was broken down into four sections (Modern Your Infrastructure, Automate Operations, Ensure Business Continuity, and Consolidate Your Data). In each section, I was presented with three activities and the entire experience only required a short registration form, followed by a link to Test Drive the environment and roughly one hour of my time. The goal behind this module was to demonstrate how the Nutanix Cloud Platform can help modernize your data center. My goal is to document my experience into a series of four blog posts. For today, I’m going to focus on Modern Your Infrastructure.
The Modern Your Infrastructure section includes three components (Create VMs, Manage Storage, and Monitor Infrastructure). As you start the journey, you’re taken to the main dashboard and this is where the guided tour begins. The begin, click on Continue Guided Tour and follow the steps providing along the way. First, we’re going to start by creating a virtual machine (VM) by selecting the hamburger icon in the upper left-hand corner. From the drop-down menu, select Virtual Infrastructure and the VMs. At the VM dashboard, select Create VM, then assign the VM to the default cluster provided, give the VM a name (memory and CPU has been previously assigned), add a new Disk. By default, an Ubuntu disk image is assigned to the VM using the Image Service and then click Save to capture what you’re created up until this point. The VM takes roughly 2-3 seconds to create and then you can explore it in more detail.
Our next component is Managing Storage and it’s in this space you’ll have the opportunity to change any storage policies within Prism Central. In order to do so, you’ll be required to control a single cluster with Prism Element under Cluster Quick Access. A new tab in your browser will launch and automatically redirect you to Prism Element. At this point, select Home to access the Prism Element Menu and then Storage from the down-down list. This page provides an abundance of information as you can see from the image below. For this exercise, a new Storage Container was created, and settings were changed using the Advanced Settings button. Within Advanced Settings, you can select Dedupe, Compression, and Erasure Coding to name a few options.
The final component in this section is the Monitor Infrastructure which includes the Dashboard and Navigation in Nutanix Prism in a single management plane. The cluster details include alerts and how the cluster has been impacted by them. Additionally, Prism can run Machine Learning (ML) algorithms that provide information on workloads while providing recommendations to maximize your infrastructure environment.
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