Im excited to see some really cool enhancements in the Nutanix HCI core product AOS. has been released today and it is a STS release which is already available for download in the support portal. Here are my top 5 new features in AOS 6.0:
Instant Restore for AHV: Instantly recover the workload even though the disk data for the workload are not locally available in the underlying AOS cluster –> How cool is that! . Migrate the disk data back to (seed) the AOS cluster without interruption to the recovered workload
Rebuild progress indicator and ETA: The new rebuild progress indicator in Prism enables administrators to better manage cluster resiliency by providing additional insight into the self-healing process such as the rate of progress, expected time of completion and other details for rebuild operations. For the Administrator a very nice feature to get into the insights of a rebuild process.
Option to reserve rebuild(spare) capacity for a cluster: The Reserve Rebuild Capacity feature simplifies cluster resiliency management by allowing you to reserve storage capacity required to recover and rebuild from failures. AOS calculates, reserves, and dynamically manages capacity required for self-healing after a failure. Until now there was a workarround creating a container with reserved capacity with the drawback that this is static; with this new feature it is builtin into the Prism UI.
Support mix storage capacity for HW Swap: This feature adds support mixing storage drive capacity for drive RMA and node capacity increase use-cases. this is a huge advantage for customers who wants to be flexible in there capacity management for scale up requirements. this is another thing which other HCI competitors cannot deliver.
Expand Cluster Re-design : Ability to prepare a node now and expand later: This will prepare the nodes now but delay adding them to the cluster until a later time. Preparing the nodes includes imaging the hypervisor, upgrading the AOS version , and preparing new node network configuration (if needed). that is a huge step forward for the builtin foundation (so called the imaging software part included in Prism) which makes the expansion process smother.