Microsoft Runs on Nutanix

The ideal IT infrastructure for Microsoft virtualization and cloud solutions

Industry-leading data center and cloud solutions

Nutanix provides the best platform for delivering Microsoft Technologies, including datacenter technologies such as Microsoft Windows Server, Hyper-V, and System Center as well as enterprise applications such as Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Dynamics, and Microsoft Exchange.

Microsoft Private Cloud and Windows Azure Pack Reference Architecture

Learn best practices and configuration considerations in architecting a complete Private Cloud and Windows Azure Pack solution with Nutanix.

Download Reference Architecture

Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Using a hyperconverged architecture that combines compute, storage and virtualization, Nutanix empowers both large and small IT organizations to efficiently consolidate and run all workloads on a single system. This includes enterprise applications such as Microsoft Exchange™, Microsoft SharePoint®, Microsoft SQL Server®, development operations environments, and virtual desktop deployments—running virtually on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V® technology.

Customers can build an Azure-consistent hybrid cloud in hours with the factory-installed Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard on Nutanix solution. They can also take a more custom built approach by using Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server and Hyper-V running on Nutanix to build a private cloud data center environment.

Nutanix is Windows Server Hardware certified for 2012 and 2012 R2, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track validated, and a CPS Standard alliance partner.

Technology Integration

Jointly engineered product to deliver native hybrid cloud solution from the factory floor.

Native Support

Support for Microsoft Server 2012 R2, Systems Center, Hyper-V, Windows Azure Pack, and native SMB 3.0 protocol.

Detailed Technical Guidance

Exhaustive reference architectures and best practices for all major Microsoft workloads.

Enterprise-class Storage Features

Including thin provisioning/dynamic disks, snapshots, fast clones, compression and de-duplication.

Rapid Provisioning

Includes support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for seamless management.

Simplified Management and Lower Cost

Converged infrastructure eliminates the cost and complexity of SAN and NAS-based storage.

Microsoft Applications and Database Solutions

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform delivers a turnkey infrastructure solution for Microsoft applications and databases. You can run Microsoft SQL Server alongside other virtualized business applications, including Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange, and benefit from less cost and complexity than legacy SAN and NAS systems.

Improve Performance

Run Microsoft SQL Server with other critical workloads to increase performance and reliability.

Eliminate Competing Requests

Provide each node with its own storage controller, localizing application/database I/O and preventing requests from competing with other VMs running on different nodes.

Deliver Linear Scale-out

Independently scale storage capacity and compute resources, and increase the number and size of application/database instances without expensive scale-up investments.

Ensure Resiliency

Provide pooled storage from all nodes in a cluster, while leveraging strong data protection and resiliency by replicating all data across all nodes in a Nutanix cluster.

Simplify Management

Eliminate complexity and reduce deployment time with turnkey appliances that install in less than 30 minutes, and are based on a 100% software-defined architecture for rapid feature velocity and unmatched investment protection.

To learn more about our partnership with Microsoft, email