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Nutanix Certified Associate - Chapter 1

In this guide, we shall cover the history of cloud computing and the components of the hyper-converged infrastructure as well as types of cloud computing.


Overview

in today's world, companies are looking for a flexible environment that saves space as well as the cost of the organization. Traditional data center models weren't efficient on cost and other performance parameters like worked on stand-alone (they worked as a standalone which means every single node worked independently and run multiple applications)

Intel x86 software virtualization abstracted an operating system and application from its underlying hardware using a virtual machine. From this technology, multiple VMs running simultaneously on the same hardware not only saves the cost of Infra but also introduce a way to efficiently utilize every node's resources.


Introduction of Containers.

Containers are prepackaged images of software without a full OS like virtual machines (VMs). Containers use fractions of the computing and storage capacity of VMs. This allows them to be instantaneously deployed upon any container runtime via automation and orchestration. These tiny compute units allowed developers to rapidly test and deploy code in a matter of minutes instead of days

Cloud Concepts (Private, Hybrid, and Multicloud)

Introduction of private Cloud :

Private clouds or cloud environments were created to only support workloads from a specific organization. Private cloud infrastructure like this is usually created utilizing resources within a company’s on-prem data center.

Public Cloud, This means that all hardware-based networking, storage, and compute resources are owned and managed by a third-party provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Though workloads are partitioned for data security, these resources are shared by the customers

of a particular public cloud provider.

A Hybrid Cloud Is the Combination of Both Public and Private

Cloud Deployment Models.


Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is about integrating and consolidating various IT resources (storage, compute, networking, and security) into a single software-driven solution that runs on a cluster of 'off-the-shelf' servers. This got introduced in the 90s, with infrastructure with SAN, Storage network introduced, and in this feature, independent modules can be changed and updated without affecting other layers. Today, this is the choice of most the organizations

Components of the hyper-converged Infrastructure.


Distributed Data Pane

The distributed data plane runs across a cluster of nodes delivering storage, virtualization, and networking services for guest applications—whether they are VMs or container-based apps.

Management Pane

The management plane lets you easily administer HCI resources from one place and one view and eliminates the need for separate management solutions for servers, storage networks, storage, security, and virtualization.


Benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure include simplified deployments and management, easy upgrades, scalability and flexibility, improved performance, agility, and more.


Infrastructure Optimization

Nutanix brings one-click simplicity to hybrid cloud environments, enabling you to deploy and manage applications in nearly any cloud without losing control, visibility, or capabilities. Nutanix Xi Beam delivers multi-cloud governance with data-driven insights that make it simpler to choose the right location and infrastructure for each application based on expected costs, operational policies, and SLAs.


Advance Automation

Nutanix improves the efficiency of your private cloud by adding meaningful automation, self-service, and complete integration with development pipelines.


Flexible Task Automation

Nutanix Prism Pro provides a code-free, visual approach to task automation, enabling any administrator to build, maintain, and troubleshoot automation like resource allocation to VMs, etc.

Self-service with no loss of control

With Nutanix Calm, you can create blueprints that model applications and tasks and publish them to an internal marketplace or add them to the growing collection of pre-integrated, validated blueprints on the Nutanix Marketplace.


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