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Nutanix AOS & Prism Central Version 5.8 & Much More Released

Today, 2018-07-03, Nutanix released a new version of its Acropolis Operating System (AOS) meaning the latest and greatest version is 5.8.

The following products and features were also updated:

  • Prism Central is now version 5.8
  • Acropolis File Services is now version 3.0.1
  • AHV is now version AHV 20170830.151
  • Nutanix Cluster Check (NCC) is now version 3.5.3.1
  • Metro Availability Witness is now version 5.8

Below is an important statement from the official Nutanix web site which you can find here.

Important:ย WARNING: 5.8 is a new AOS Feature Short term Support (STS) Release, which is not Long Term Supported (LTS). If you upgrade to this version, the support will only be for 6 months after the Release Date, within which period you will have to upgrade to the next feature release. If you are interested only in bug fixes and not new features, please do not upgrade to this release. The latest available LTS release on the portal is 5.5.3.1 and the next planned LTS maintenance release is 5.5.4. Please refer to KB#5505 for an explanation and how it differs from a Long Term Supported (LTS) Release.

Some really nice enhancements and new features comes with the 5.8 release such as:

  • Nutanix Native Key Management Server for AOS based DAR Encryption
    • The key management operations like rekey, backup, and import are supported.
    • In this release, the native KMS option supported for AOS Software Encryption only (not for SED based encryption).
    • The native KMS requires a minimum of 3-node cluster.
  • Dual level Data-at-Rest Encryption
    • Both SEDs and AOS Software encryption same time
  • SAML Authentication Support in Prism Central
    • One identity provider can be configured.
    • The role mapping is restricted to individual users; groups are not supported.
    • Session timeouts are based on Prism Central only; the identify provider is not queried for session expiry.
  • Prism Element Image Management
  • Erasure Coding with Block Awareness

Useful links

Have fun with all the new good stuff in the latest releases.