We have recently deployed a 4-node Nutanix cluster to support a customer’s VMware Horizon 7 VDI environment. This was to replace a legacy infrastructure where the servers and the storage array had reached end of life.
The new infrastructure consists of four Nutanix nodes in a single 2u chassis, thus collapsing the entire solution into the rack space that was previously required for just the storage. We are also helping the customer transition from the legacy VDI platform to the new one.
Since Horizon is in use, we had to deploy with VMware ESXi as the hypervisor, but with Nutanix this is no problem; you are free to choose your hypervisor!
Another beauty of using HCI for VDI is that you can size the solution for current needs, safe in the knowledge that you can grow as required without re-architecting or replacing, and without huge step costs.
This customer has a small cluster now, but as their VDI user base expands, they can simply add nodes one at a time as required, bringing both additional compute and additional storage for the new users.