Nutanix Hyperconverged systems

Zorniac
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Hello,

I am looking into a Nutanaix hyperconverged system to replace some ailing DELL PowerEdge servers.  We currently utilize Windows DataCenter 2012 R2, running as our hypervisor and have virtualized all of our servers on this hypervisor.

The Nutanix solution allows us to continue to run this hyper visor within it's Acropolis O/S.  

I have some concerns regarding this system, since the hypervisor is now housed on a "foreign" o/s.  I worry that at some point there will be a problem and getting support will be convoluted, because MS would say this is an unsupported environment, and left bouncing back and forth between MS and Nutanix for help.

Our main goals are to provide fail over for DR.  Initially our thought was to buy new robust servers, continue to run datacenter and look into replication and HA.  A datacenter server housed at separate sites connected with high speed fiber links.  Providing us failover if a hardware failure occurs, or if a site is rendered unusable.  Can I accomplish this with just utilizing MS Datacenter?  A single Nutanix 3-node cluster will provide us with failover in the event of a hardware crash, but would require a completely separate 3-node DR cluster provide failover in the case of a site being rendered unusable.

I would like to know the answer to the question above, and first hand experience with Nutanix.

Thank You for your help.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Storage Replication is a pretty sweet setup if the connection between the primary and DR site is <= 5ms. That gives you full synchronous replication between the sites in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.

And, a properly configured Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Hyper-Converged platform would be an alternative.
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Hi Philip,

Thank you for your reply.  We haven't made the jump to Server 2016 yet.  We have it because of our SA, but just haven't moved into that O/S version yet.  This Storage Replication feature may drive us there though.  I was looking into Hyper-V Replica on Datacenter Server 2012 R2.  Since your post I started looking into the Storage Replication.  I am not able to find the specifications that detail the requirements needed, such as the <=5ms latency between nodes.  Can you point me to the a 'spec sheet' for these requirements?  Would you know if Hyper-V Replica has similar requirements?  Between Replica and Storage Replication do you know of any pro's /con's between the two of them.

Thanks Again!
Technical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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5ms between _sites_ for Storage Replica in Server 2016.

EDIT: Site: TechNet: Storage Replica in Server 2016

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