Nutanix Workload Sizer: Designing web-scale datacenters just got easier

Nutanix is the leading hyper-converged solution for server and desktop virtualization. Over the years, we have developed an extensive depth and breadth of internal intelligence on how to size and scope virtualized workloads including VDI deployments and virtualized business applications. This institutional knowledge is now being made available through the Nutanix Workload Sizer, part of a comprehensive service delivery platform from Nutanix Global Services. The Nutanix Workload Sizer helps partners size and design Nutanix clusters with both ease and confidence.

Sizer Tool Launch Webinar

Over 500 Nutanix partners have already registered for one of the three Workload Sizer Tool Launch Webinars being offered on Thursday. As the video conveys, the Workload Sizer Tool was developed by Nutanix Global Services (GSO) with the same type of simplicity and elegance that Nutanix strives to imbue in all of our products, tools and supporting documentation.

Why Nutanix Developed a Workload Sizing Tool?

The Nutanix Global Services (GSO) team developed the Workload Sizing Tool in response to requests made by technical folks at our partners. These SEs and consultants typically have struggled with the ad-hoc Excel spreadsheet approach to sizing that is so common in our industry. The Nutanix Workload Sizing Tool, a web based tool, contains a very sophisticated algorithm in addition to a really intuitive interface.

Sizer Pic

Why the Nutanix Workload Sizing Tool is so Accurate

Many virtualized and private cloud environments start out small, and then grow over time. With conventional server and storage systems, this presents an enormous challenge for partners to try and guess up-front what the environment will look like years down the road in terms of user count or application resource requirements.  Additionally, since all storage traffic is funneled through two physical storage controllers, read and write storms are common in a VDI environment, and user experience suffers.

Nutanix scales one node at a time, enabling an organization to expand its virtual server and desktop environment as quickly or as slowly as desired. And since every Nutanix node is a virtualized storage controller, Nutanix scales perfectly linearly with a very consistent user experience even as the environment grows.

The Nutanix Workload Sizer Tool enables partners to provide an infrastructure that is optimal for the initial virtual desktop and server environments without incurring a lot of additional cost for projected capacity. Partners can repeatedly use the tool as customers expand their environments. The customers benefit from the greater densities and from other technological enhancements that take place as time passes. The Nutanix Workload Sizer also provides a visual representation of how the entire solution fits in one or many racks, thereby helping with quick planning without having to resort to Visio based layouts.

How will the Nutanix Workload Sizer Tool Make Partners More Money?

The Workload Sizer Tool enables partner representatives to engage in web-scale planning without the requirement for in-depth technical knowledge. They can easily produce a recommended configuration, and pricing, for any server or application implementation that their customers might consider.

This simple approach to virtualization makes it evident to customers that, with Nutanix, they can get going on virtualization initiatives without the huge cost and risk inherent in conventional server and storage back-end solutions.

Partners make more money not just from selling Nutanix, but from the entire stack including virtualization software, associated hardware, consulting services, project management, managed services, and so on. Partners are also able to engage consulting expertise from Nutanix Global Services in helping design, build and manage sized environments.

The Workload Sizer Tool helps shorten sales cycles, but it also indirectly leads to higher revenues. Customers quickly discover the exceptional simplicity, scalability and resiliency of Nutanix web-scale converged infrastructure, and tend to start expanding to other use cases such as private cloud, active/active datacenters, big data and consolidated remote office management. Partners can often charge higher rates for these more specialized services.

If you are interested in using the Nutanix Workload Sizer Tool, please be sure to register for one of our seminars tomorrow. And please provide us with your feedback going forward as well as let us know about any additional features you’d like to see.

[UPDATE]  See Also:

Nutanix Releases New Sizer Tool. 11/15/2014. Adam Armstrong.  Storage Review

2 thoughts on “Nutanix Workload Sizer: Designing web-scale datacenters just got easier

  1. […] Over 500 Nutanix partners have already been through the Workload Sizer Tool Launch Webinars. As this video conveys, the Workload Sizer Tool was developed by Nutanix Global Services (GSO) with the same type of simplicity and elegance that Nutanix strives to imbue in all of our products, tools and supporting documentation.If you are a Nutanix partner I strongly recommend reading Steve Kaplan’s article, Nutanix Workload Sizer: Designing web-scale datacenters just got easier. […]

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