Nutanix To Beta Free Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software

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Nutanix Tuesday unveiled the public beta of a software-only version of its hyper-converged infrastructure solution it said targets developers and potential customers.

Nutanix's new Community Edition software has the same capabilities as its hyper-converged appliances except for limited scalability and lack of vendor support, said Greg Smith, senior director of product and technology marketing for the San Jose, Calif.-based vendor.

The Community Edition will be available at no charge and can be installed on any x86-based server meeting minimum configurations, Smith told CRN. However, he said, scalability is limited to four servers, which is normally the minimum configuration when used in production environments.

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Nutanix is expected to release a hardware compatibility list, although no date has been set, Smith said.

Also, support will be handled by Nutanix's Next online community where users can ask for help from their peers. "It's not designed for production," he said. "It's designed for evaluation."

The Nutanix Community Edition is not an open-source offering, Smith said.

"We've taken the same software that powers our more than 1,200 customers today and are making it available to a wider audience," Smith said. "The goal is to build a larger Nutanix community, and a larger Nutanix brand. It's all about getting the Nutanix technology into the hands of IT professionals and IT influencers."

The Nutanix Community Edition is scheduled to be released June 8 at the Nutanix Next conference.

Smith said Nutanix hopes the company's 1,000-plus channel partners take advantage of the new software with no risk and no licensing cost.

"Channel partners get intimate access to Nutanix technology to build their skill sets," he said. "We also want to build a community of enthusiastic users and help drive the channel business."

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