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App Mobility Fabric Explained

Virtualisation is indispensable in the modern enterprise datacentre. It offers increased availability and allows companies to make efficient use of their IT hardware investment. For this reason, Nutanix created Acropolis, the software that integrates compute, storage and virtualization to run any kind of application. Nutanix Acropolis is an operating system for Nutanix’s hyper-converged infrastructure platform. It comes with its own built-in hypervisor, Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), which offers data services and features for data protection, space efficiency, scalability, automated data tiering and security, integrating enterprise-class virtualization right into the infrastructure stack.

Acropolis consists of three distinct technologies: the aforementioned AHV, a distributed storage fabric and an app mobility fabric. The Acropolis App Mobility Fabric (AMF) is a collection of powerful technologies that allows applications and data to move freely between runtime environments, providing high availability, disaster recovery, VM placement and intelligent resource scheduling across hypervisors while also simplifying VM migration between hypervisors. It contains tools that manage VMs from an application-centric point of view. So instead of managing VMs, IT professionals can manage all the hardware and software dedicated to a particular application.

AMF includes a broad range of capabilities for migrating between different environments, including from non-Nutanix infrastructure to Nutanix systems, between Nutanix systems supporting different hypervisors, and from Nutanix to public clouds. For example, AMF can convert Nutanix servers from VMware vSphere to the Acropolis hypervisor on the fly. Applications can then be automatically restarted on the same platform, reducing virtualisation licensing costs and eliminating the need for separate hypervisor management tools.

According to Greg Smith. Senior Director, Product and Technical Marketing at Nutanix, AMF also works with Linux containers and the Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds. "The app mobility fabric is the unifying element that allows customers to run any workload, on any hypervisor, adjacent to running their workloads as containerized apps," he said.

All these innovations serve to greatly simplify the datacentre, reduce costs and enhance IT service delivery.

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