Ahv AHV Virtualization

Powerful, secure built-in virtualization that eliminates expensive hypervisor lock-in

An open platform for virtualization and application mobility

Nutanix Acropolis hyperconverged infrastructure supports customer choice in virtualization solutions including VMware vSphere (ESXi), Microsoft HyperV, Citrix XenServer, and Nutanix AHV. Nutanix AHV is a license-free virtualization solution included with Acropolis that delivers enterprise virtualization ready for a multi-cloud world. With Acropolis and AHV, virtualization is tightly integrated into the Enterprise Cloud OS rather than being layered on as a standalone product that needs to be licensed, deployed and managed separately.

Common tasks such as deploying, cloning and protecting VMs are managed centrally through Nutanix Prism, rather than utilizing disparate products and policies in a piecemeal strategy.


Hypervisor software licensing can be a significant portion of the IT infrastructure spend. Are you getting value from that spend? Nutanix AHV is an enterprise-ready hypervisor included at no additional cost with every Nutanix node.

Native Virtualization

Nutanix AHV is an enterprise-class virtualization solution included with the Acropolis Enterprise Cloud OS, with no additional software components to license, install or manage.

Starting with proven open-source virtualization technology, AHV combines an enhanced data path for optimal performance, security hardening, Flow network virtualization, and complete management features to deliver a more powerful, yet leaner, virtualization stack with no software bloat, no costly shelfware, and lower virtualization costs.

VM Operations

Create, delete, update, power, pause/resume, snapshot, clone VMs, access via remote console

Image Management

Convert and upload disk / ISO images to a Nutanix cluster

Intelligent Placement

Determine initial placement of virtual machines based on CPU and memory availability

Live Migration

Migrate VMs across hosts in a Nutanix cluster with zero downtime

Cross-Hypervisor Migration

Migrate VMs between virtual environments running different hypervisors easily

Automated High Availability

Automatically restart VMs on healthy nodes in case of a node failure

Converged Backup and Disaster Recovery

Create on-cluster local snapshots and/or replicate to remote cluster for backup and DR


Monitor and report key metrics for both VMs and the infrastructure (hypervisor, physical nodes)

Data Path Optimization

Enhanced IO data path providing superior network and storage performance that is ready for next generation hardware

Virtual Networking

Native distributed virtual networking with IP address management, comprehensive visibility from VMs to the Top of Rack, and application-centric security from Flow microsegmentation

Rolling Upgrades

Non-disruptively upgrade AOS, virtualization, and firmware

Application Mobility

The Acropolis Distributed Storage Fabric (ADSF) contains technology that allows applications and data to move freely between runtime environments, giving IT professionals the freedom to choose the best environment to run enterprise applications. This 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 between Nutanix and public clouds.

Non-Nutanix to Nutanix

Sizer Tool

Select the right Nutanix system and deployment configuration to meet the needs of each workload.

Foundation Tool

Automatically install the hypervisor of your choice on a Nutanix cluster.

Xtract Tools

Easily migrate virtual machines and databases from legacy virtualization to AHV.

Between Nutanix systems

Cross-Hypervisor Disaster Recovery

Rapidly recover from a site failure by failing over VMs from one site to another location running a completely different hypervisor.

Cross-Hypervisor Backup

Perform automatic backups of VM-level data from one Nutanix system to another running a different hypervisor.

One-Click Hypervisor Conversion

Switch the hypervisor running on a Nutanix system from VMware vSphere to AHV in minutes with minimal disruption and risk.

Ecosystem Support

Nutanix AHV is extensively tested by Nutanix and our technology partners to ensure that applications and guest operating systems run on the AHV Hypervisor with no change to VMs or impact to performance.

Applications & Technology
Guest Operating Systems


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