Acropolis Block Services (ABS) is a native scale-out block storage solution that provides direct block-level access via the iSCSI protocol to the Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (ADSF). It enables enterprise applications running on external servers to leverage the benefits of the hyperconverged Nutanix architecture.
Protect Existing Investments
Connect storage with database environments such as Oracle, SQL Server and SAP that are deployed on specialized physical servers for price/performance or on bare-metal x86 to minimize software licensing costs.
Eliminate the need for traditional Fibre Channel SANs and other specialized products that drive costs higher and require specialized IT administrators to maintain.
Ideal for non-virtualized, high-performance database applications – if a single Nutanix CVM can deliver 100,000 IOPS, a four-node Nutanix cluster can deliver an aggregated throughput of 400,000 IOPS.
The platform is simple, scalable, and enterprise-grade out of the box, and can easily be managed by IT generalists from within Prism.
Leverage Hyperconverged Benefits
ABS delivers all the benefits of a hyperconverged environment, including intelligent data reduction, advanced disaster recovery, backup to the public cloud, and tiering capabilities.
Bridging the worlds of physical and virtual
ABS eliminates infrastructure silos by delivering the same simplicity Nutanix offers for virtualized workloads and file storage for physical workloads. In so doing, ABS bridges the physical and virtual worlds, consolidating infrastructure into a single unified platform.
Nutanix manages storage allocation and assignment for ABS through Volume Groups (VG). A VG is a collection of volumes known as virtual disks (vdisks). ABS presents VGs to both VMs and physical servers as iSCSI LUNs and managed by Prism.