Nutanix Files 3.5.1 has been released.
Nutanix Files 3.5.1 (Files) enables you to share files across user work stations or VMs in a centralized and protected location to eliminate the requirement for a third-party file server.
Nutanix Files is a software-defined, scale-out file storage solution that provides a repository for unstructured data, such as home directories, user profiles, departmental shares, application logs, backups, and archives. Flexible and responsive to workload requirements, Files is a fully
integrated, core component of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud.
You can deploy Nutanix Files on an existing cluster or a standalone cluster. Unlike standalone NAS appliances, Files consolidates VM and file storage, eliminating the need to create an infrastructure silo. Administrators can manage Files with Nutanix Prism, just like VM services, thus unifying and simplifying management. Integration with Active Directory enables support for quotas and access-based enumeration, as well as self-service restores with the Windows previous version feature. Nutanix Files also supports file server cloning, which lets you back up Files off-site, as well as run antivirus scans and machine learning without affecting production. Nutanix Files can run on a dedicated cluster or be collocated on a cluster running user VMs. Beginning with AOS 5.0, Nutanix supports Files with both ESXi and AHV. Files includes native high availability and uses the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF) for intracluster data resiliency and intercluster asynchronous disaster recovery. The DSF also provides data efficiency techniques such as erasure coding (EC-X), compression, and deduplication.
Files uses a scale-out architecture that provides file services to clients through the Server Message Block (SMB) or Network File System (NFS) protocol. Files consists of three or more file server VMs (FSVMs) combined into a logical file server instance sometimes referred to as a Files cluster. Files supports creating multiple file server instances within a single Nutanix cluster.
Scale Up or Out On Demand—with One Click
Start small and effortlessly grow as needed. Nutanix Files is built to handle billions of files and tens of thousands of user sessions. As your environment grows, just one click will elastically scale your cluster up by adding more compute and/or memory to the file server VMs, or out by adding more file server VMs.
Multi-Protocol General Availability -> The multi-protocol feature is now generally available. After enabling multi-protocol access on a share, clients of NFS and SMB protocols can perform read-and-write operations. You can configure user mapping to map directory services when both protocols are not using Active Directory.
Distributed File System (DFS) -> Setup ImprovementsImprovements to Nutanix Files prevent errors when accessing Files SMB shares through DFS referrals.
Technical Preview Features
File Analytics -> The technical preview of File Analytics has been extended from 3.5 to 3.5.1.