About 2 months ago Nutanix.com released a free software only version of their magic, called Community Edition. I got on the list for this as quickly as I could, but I haven’t been able to install it until now. See, I wanted to have an actually cluster, what the call RF2 (Redundancy Factor), which would require me to blow away my existing XenServer install to get to enough compatible hardware. I also needed to purchase SSD’s for each of the nodes in the cluster.
Well, I’ve done that now. At the moment, I’m exporting my VM’s out of XenServer to OVA’s, in the hope I can restore them from that. If I can’t, well….I’m not sure then. I may just rebuild everything from scratch. I’d really like to figure out how to import them, though.
What I’ll have when I’m done is a 3 node RF2 cluster, with the minimum a 240GB SSD, and at least a 500GB HDD in each node. All 3 nodes are i5’s, of different vintages. Not a lot of space, once you run the Nutanix overhead, but it’ll be enough for my needs. I’ll post some screenshots and pics once I’m up and running.