One-click Infrastructure Management

Hypervisor and VM management with a consumer-grade experience

Nutanix Prism gives administrators an easy way to manage virtual environments running on Acropolis. It simplifies and streamlines common workflows for hypervisor and virtual machine (VM) management, from VM creation and migration to virtual network setup and hypervisor upgrades. Rather than replicating the full set of features found in other virtualization solutions, virtualization management in Prism has been designed for an uncluttered, consumer-grade experience.

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Cluster Management

Prism gives administrators the ability to deploy clusters for storage and virtualization within minutes, allowing you to quickly run applications. Streamlined maintenance, simplified workflows, and consolidated visibility into cluster statistics provide hassle-free administration with no downtime or maintenance windows.

Nutanix Prism Cluster Management

Host Profiles

Standardize configuration of hosts within a cluster based on user-provided information (e.g., auto-mount containers).

Virtual Networking

Setup and configure layer-2 VLAN backed virtual networks spanning the cluster. Optionally, create a virtual network with managed IP for VM IP management.

Non-disruptive Upgrades

Upgrade the Acropolis Operating System, Hypervisors and firmware with a single click without any downtime and maintenance windows.

VM Management

Prism radically simplifies workflows through the entire VM lifecycle, from creation and initial placement, to IP network configuration, to protection and migration. Access is easy via graphical user interface (GUI), command-line interface (CLI) and REST API.

VM Operations

Create, delete, update, power, pause/resume virtual machines.

Remote Console

Access virtual machines via remote console without the need for agents or browser plug-ins by leveraging noVNC clients in modern browsers.

Resource Scheduling

Determine intelligent initial placement of virtual machines, and dynamically balance the load across the cluster for optimal performance.


Live migrate virtual machines across hosts, to either a host of choice or to one automatically selected by the system.

IP Management

Assign dynamic IP addresses to a virtual machine at the time of creation for the life of the virtual machine.

Snapshots and Clones

Rapidly create snapshots and clones of virtual machines.

Disaster Recovery

Recover applications quickly even in the event of a site disaster with remote replication.

Storage Management

Prism provides intuitive VM-centric workflows for all administrative tasks related to storage deployment, management and scaling from a single pane of glass. The intuitive HTML5 interface is easy to use on a broad range of devices.

Datastore Creation

Datastores created with Prism are automatically mounted on the hypervisor nodes and available immediately for use.

Granular Control

Easily set policies and controls for compression, deduplication and redundancy at VM granularity.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

Define failure domains for resilience, establish snapshot and replication schedules, and leverage integrated data protection workflows.

Non-disruptive Upgrades

Upgrade the Acropolis Operating System, Hypervisors and firmware with a single click without any downtime and maintenance windows.

Consolidated Visibility

Compute and storage statistics are viewed together for a complete picture of system performance.

Standards-based Authentication

Prism integrates with LDAP-based services for strong and flexible administrator authentication.

Prism Self Service

Prism empowers end users such as developers by enabling self-service access to infrastructure resources for a public cloud-like experience. The Prism Self-Service Portal provides secure access to one of the industry’s most powerful cloud platforms, while isolating end user access from cluster management in Prism.

Self-Service Portal (SSP)

The Self-Service Portal can be launched in a single click and configured with a few clicks, providing an integrated consumer-grade experience.

End User Empowerment

End users can provision, monitor and manage infrastructure resources on demand, removing the need for administrators to be involved.

Standards-based Authentication

The SSP integrates with existing authentication systems such as Active Directory so end users can seamlessly log in with their corporate credentials.

Easy User Management

End users are grouped together in projects, making it easy to distribute compute, storage and network resources.

Complete Resource Control

Quotas limit end user consumption, and fine-grained permissions control user privileges.

Detailed Resource Analytics

A built-in accounting system provides analytics about resource consumption and charts infrastructure usage over time.

Streamlined Dev & Test

With a VM console and performance charts built into the browser, application development and debugging are right where you need them.

Network Visualization

Get a VM-centric operational view of the network and drastically reduce the mean time to restore from common network issues. A complete visual representation of how applications are connected to the underlying physical and virtual networks helps simplify monitoring, troubleshooting and remediation.

Network Topology

See the network topology of every node in the cluster, and drill down to a single VM to see what host it runs on, which physical network connection it is using, which switch port it is on, and what VLAN it is a part of.

Network Setup

View the relationship between the host NIC and the switch ports, including the switch port stats (provided LLDP and SNMP are enabled on the switch) for a complete picture of the network setup in the infrastructure.

Customized Views

Customize views based on what you are monitoring or troubleshooting using features such as filtering, grouping and selections of entities.

Configuration Troubleshooting

Network VLANs are assigned color markers in the network view, the VM and the switch port list. If the VM is not able to communicate, the color marker shows as missing in the switch port list, helping troubleshoot VLAN misconfiguration quickly.

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