Last week, I shared with you the layout of the Prism building. Today, I will show you where the Nutanix Prism started 6 years ago – room 101. Prism Element is its hostess.
From day 1 of this company, we have built a distributed management interface within the Acropolis cluster. We call this interface Prism Element. You don’t need a separate installation after you stands up a cluster.
Prism Element lets you manage the cluster without the need to go through complicated processes and to learn special terms that many traditional infrastructure carries.
It would be ridiculous if you needed an electrician license to switch on/off lights in your room. Then why do you need to pass an exam to become a specialist to provision disk spaces for your VMs? It is Prism’s goal to remove that unnecessary burden on you.
There are many articles and blogs that illustrate and explain what you can do in Prism Element. Here, I will give you a quick tour.
The Home page is where you get a glance on what is happening in your cluster.
The Health page shows the results of the diagnostic kit – Nutanix Cluster Check (NCC).
The VM page is where you can manage VMs. If you are running AHV, you can do VM administration and launch the VM console. For rest of hypervisors, you can get details information on how a VM is running. The video below shows you around what you can do on this page.
The Storage page lets you configure, monitor, and manage the storage you need for your workload. And you do this without the shackle of SAN configuration and maintenance.
The Hardware page is where you add or remove a node in the cluster. It also allows you to monitor the disks and blocks.
The Data Protection page is where you set up and manage, such as DR, snapshot, metro availability, and cloud connectors.
The Analysis is a powerful page. You can plot multiple charts, monitor system performance, and correlate visually from different metrics or different resource entities to diagnose a problem.
The Alert page lets you view and process all alerts and events.
This is just a quick navigation of Prism Element. If you already have Nutanix Acropolis, I encourage you to log into the console of Prism Element and experience it. Otherwise, you can download Nutanix Community Edition, install it on your own hardware, and enjoy its power.
Coming up next week, you will enter the grand hall to have a centralized view and control.
You can find the list of blogs in this series here.
Disclaimer: This blog is personal and reflects the opinions of the author, not necessarily those of Nutanix. It has not been reviewed nor approved by Nutanix.