Nutanix Files 3.7 includes several new generally available (GA) features, resolved issues, and the technical preview of continuous availability (CA) for SMB shares.
Nutanix Files is a software-defined scale-out file server. It can be used as the repository for unstructured data like home directories, user profiles, departmental shares, and application logs. Nutanix Files 3.7 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. Unifies and simplifies management by allowing administrators to manage Nutanix Files 3.7 with Nutanix Prism.
Quick overview of new features in Nutanix Files 3.7 :
Persisting File Audit Events
Partner server connectivity loss caused the in-memory audit queue to overflow, resulting in event loss. With persisting file audit events, events continue to persists on durable media even during connectivity loss. Once Files restores connectivity with the partner server, Files resumes the transmission of audit events from where it was left.
Root Files for Distributed Exports (NFS only)
You can create files at the root of a native NFS distributed export, a functionality previously only available for standard shares and exports. By default, legacy exports do not support files at the root.
Support for Larger Standard Shares and Exports
A standard share or export can expand to a physical capacity of 280 TB. To expand standard shares to 280 TB.
High Availability Time Improvements
Updates to the FSVM take-over sequence for High Availability (HA) reduce the service disruption time during HA events.
240 TB Node Qualification
Nutanix has qualified the use of 240 TB per physical node for Files deployments.
Volume Groups for Persistent Storage
Files allocates a volume group for every FSVM on a cluster. The volume group facilitates persistent events, persistent statuses, and persistent storage. The update in Files architecture facilitates the persistent file handles feature.
Workload Performance Optimization
Optimize performance by updating the workload type of a share. Options include default, random, and sequential. The default workload type handles large and small workloads, the random type optimizes shares for smaller workloads, and the sequential type optimizes shares for large workloads.
Share and Export Submounting
Shard a standard export at any level by submounting a distributed export onto the path. Files distributes that data from the mount point across multiple FSVMs. Submounting a share or an export includes the following benefits:
- Facilitate load balancing by distributing data across multiple FSVMs.
- Set directory-level quotas.
- Connect shares to distribute namespaces at any level other than the root of the share or export.
Continuous Availability (SMB) – Tech Preview
Provides continuous availability (CA) of data on SMB shares using persistent file handles. Persistent file handles improve the SMB caching mechanism of multi-user writes to facilitate continuous availability. Continuous availability prevents disconnection from a current session during a loss of service. Files administrators can perform hardware or software node maintenance without interrupting server applications.