If you haven’t taken a close look at the hypervisor from Nutanix, AHV, well you might be missing out on something very valuable – that you already have access to as a Nutanix customer. AHV addresses the majority of the use cases people require with virtualization, and it does so very well with a simple deployment, simple management and POWERFUL features when Prism Central is added (and still powerful when it’s not).

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The Nutanix Teams released the 2019 Nutanix Technical Champion (NTC) listing, and for the 3rd year in a row I’m honored to be part of this group of 129 professionals around the world help evangelize, implement and support the Nutanix platform for customers, partners and every group in between.

It’s a group of people that I’ve been able to learn from the shared experience, and hopefully be able to provide a bit of experience back to. The Nutanix platform has provided me and the rest of my Data Center team at eGroup the ability to bring solutions to our customers that provide speed and certainty, simplicity and elegance to IT, rather than complex hardware and solutions that either the customer will never fully utilize or will never be able to fully administrator.

Also cool to see my friend and teammate Dave Strum also on the list for another year! Good job my man!

Here’s to a great year in 2019 with Nutanix!

Thank you to everybody on the NTC Channel, my friends and peers at Nutanix and everybody at eGroup who allows us to work with these solutions for our customers.

See the full release here:
https://next.nutanix.com/blog-40/welcome-to-the-2019-nutanix-technology-champions-ntc-31459

 

Freedom to Choose… Freedom to Play… Freedom to Cloud….

I just returned from a week in New Orleans at the Nutanix .Next conference, where I was fortunte to represent eGroup as a partner as well as being part of the Nutanix Technical Champions group.

In addition to being a conference attendee, a co-worker Dave Strum  and I co-presented with one of our customers on the benefits of deploying Nutanix on Cisco UCS hardware, lessons learned and future plans.  It was fun and definintely not like your typical presentation.IMG_0830.jpeg

There’s a lot of blog posts and content around the .Next conference news (Plug for Dave here), and the Nutanix roadmap continues to dazzle and amaze people (ok, me especially) with simplicity, functionality and yes, Freedom.  Keyword here is Freedom.

And this post isn’t about recapping the .next conference, I’ll let my peers and friends handle that.  This post is about Freedom…

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I recently had the opportunity to deploy 12 Nutanix nodes for a customer across 2 sites (Primary and DR), 6 of which were 3055-G5 nodes with dual NVIDIA M60 GPU cards installed and dedicated to running the Horizon View desktop VMs for this customer. This was my first experience doing a Nutanix deployment using the NVIDIA GPU cards with VMware, and thankfully there is plenty of documentation out there on the process.

The Nutanix deployment with GPU cards installed is no different than without, you still go thru the process of imaging the nodes with Foundation just like you’d do without GPU cards. In this case, each site was configured with 2 Nutanix clusters, one for Server VMs and a second cluster specific to VDI. The VDI cluster was configured in a 3 node cluster, using the NX-3055-G5 nodes, running Horizon View 7.2.0 specifically.

I’ll touch on some details of the M60 card below, and then get into some of the places where I had a few issues with the deployment and how I fixed them, and finally some Host/VM configuration and validation commands.

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Well, it’s that time again… 2017 has come and gone, and sometimes I just don’t know where all the time went and what I was able to accomplish.

I’m happy to say that for the 2nd year in a row I’m part of a great group of people in the IT industry, those of us pushing the value of Nutanix and their simple, effective and scalable HyperConverged solutions.

Pretty cool in the large world of IT, to be a part of this small group of folks in the #NutanixNTC family, and especially joined by another eGroup Member, Dave Strum (http://vthistle.com) on this journey.

Thank you Nutanix for giving us an amazing platform to help our customers along on their journey, and I cannot wait what’s in store for 2018!

To read the full post about the 2018 Nutanix Technology Champions, follow the link below.

http://next.nutanix.com/t5/Nutanix-Connect-Blog/Welcome-to-the-2018-Nutanix-Technology-Champions-NTC/ba-p/26328