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NOS 3.0 also includes virtual machine-level compression, which allows customers to compress virtual machines as they are written, a process called in-line processing that Ting said is good for sequential processes like Hadoop, after they are written to disk, or in post-processing, which has less impact on CPU and SSD performance.
"In-line compression is very common," Nutanix's Ting said. "Post-processing compression is unique to us."
NOS 3.0 now works in KVM virtualization environments, whereas the previous version only worked in VMware environments, Ting said. Other environments, including Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer, will be supported in the future.
"KVM is well aligned for Hadoop and other big data workloads," he said. "Much better aligned than VMware is."
NOS 3.0 also lets customers upgrade storage nodes dynamically without any downtime, with workloads on the node to be upgraded dynamically, moving to other nodes while the upgrading is being done, Ting said.
Nutanix has an all-channel business model, with about 100 solution providers worldwide, about half of which are active, Ting said.
"We need to grow that number significantly," he said. "But we are being selective and signing up only those who are committed to us."
The NX-3000 is priced at $144,000, which includes four server nodes in a single enclosure. The disaster recovery and the new post-process compression require a separate software license, Ting said.