December 7, 2016 Leave a comment
From the early day of Nutanix, we determined to change the experience how the IT team interacts with the infrastructure and its management tools. As we were building the Acropolis, we have spent significant time to define a user experience that reflects not only in a consumer-grade UI but also a streamlined workflow. And that is the start of Prism. 7 years later, Nutanix has not only built a beautiful infrastructure management tool but also injected personalized insights and machine intelligence to transform Prism into a data center operations management platform.
The Prism building
One way to explain Prism is to think it as a magnificent building. Nutanix spent first 5 years to build a solid foundation and the first floor that since became the major attraction of the building. In last two years, we have been adding 2nd and 3rd floors that make the Prism building a landmark in the town. In next few weeks, I will be your personal tour guide of this building. Each blog focuses on one of the rooms. I will use visuals and videos to give you a front-seat view on what you can experience in Prism. As we continuously innovate and add new features in the room, new rooms in the floor, and even new floors, the series will be extended whenever those updates happen.
Prism uses the same distributed architecture that allows seamless scale-out and zero downtime. My colleague Steven Poitras wrote a book, the Nutanix Bible, that details how this architecture works. This is a must-read book for those who want to grasp how Nutanix products work. Prism, as a gateway to the software-defined data center, provides a rich set of APIs for admins and other ecosystem tools to easily leverage the data and intelligence that Prism offers.
The 1st floor
The first floor has been the main attraction of the Prism building since the inception of Nutanix. Right now, it includes 3 rooms. The room 101, the single cluster management, is where the Prism started. It provides the management of cluster, including storage management and VM management. The next room, 102, is centralized view and configuration. This is where you can manage 100s clusters just like managing one cluster. The 3rd room, 103, of the first floor is one of the most popular rooms. It allows you to get new features from us to make your infrastructure more powerful and smarter as the time goes by.
The 2nd floor
The 2nd floor is relatively new. We started the construction about 2 years ago. Since Prism has a very solid foundation and its core on the first floor, during this two years, we not only added this floor but also a floor above. These two floors provide the “Pro” access of the smartness that Prism can provide.
The 2nd floor is all about personalized insights. As the nature of the hyper-convergence infrastructure, Prism collects a vast amount of infrastructure configuration and operations machine data. Not to leverage these data will be a waste that we can’t afford. The first room, 201, on this floor is the customized dashboard. Just like everything we build, simplicity is our guiding principle. You will experience that in this room as I guide you here a few weeks from now. If the first room is about let you see the data, the room 202 is to let you see the insights within it. Prism Search is an industry-first innovative way for you to access the management and to sift through a large amount of information to quickly narrow down a problem.
The 3rd floor
Entering the machine intelligence, this floor is built on top of an intelligent layer powered by X-fit technology. One-click planning in room 301 uses X-fit to understand how your workload consumes the resources and when you need to optimize and expand. If you want a cloud-like experience (a.k.a. pay as you grow) in your data center, you will be amazed how you will enjoy in this room. We are busy building new rooms in this floor. I will invite you back pretty soon once we have other rooms ready.
Now, you have the idea of the layout of this magnificent building. Next week, I will give you a tour of the room of the cluster management – the starting point.
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.