We’ve recently been working with one of our Nutanix customers, and have helped them expand their clusters by deploying new nodes. Not all of the new nodes were of the same specification, as they are intended for different use cases, but this is not a problem!
The work encompassed two clusters, taking the total node count from eight up to twenty nodes.
It’s difficult to over-state the simplicity of Nutanix. We;
updated the existing clusters to latest software releases, with one-click upgrades from the Prism UI (since we’re running AHV, this is especially slick).
imaged the new nodes
checked network configuration on the new nodes and amended where necessary (we have non-default ovswitch bridges and bonds at this customer)
expanded the cluster by adding the nodes from the Prism UI
provided knowledge transfer to the customer
Deployment of additional compute and storage for two sites took two days, including end-to-end software and firmware updates across the entire HCI estate. We are struggling to think of another infrastructure where we could achieve this in a similar time frame……