Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM)
Cloud Infrastructure Software and Firmware Upgrades
Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM)
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Intelligent infrastructure software and firmware upgrades with comprehensive dependency management and 1-click simplicity.
Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM) improves the efficiency and reliability of IT infrastructure upgrades in modern datacenters. Nutanix LCM determines any software and firmware dependencies, intelligently prioritizes updates, and automates the entire upgrade process across all clustered hosts, without any impact to applications or data availability. It supports one-click upgrades across multiple qualified hardware manufacturers and configurations, so IT teams have the flexibility to deploy the best hardware for each use case – and still benefit from centralized upgrade capabilities.
IT infrastructure upgrades have become increasingly complex and error prone, with multiple vendors and products, and high maintenance costs due to the necessary planning, testing and the out-of-business-hours execution required to mitigate outages to mission-critical applications. For organizations striving for greater operational efficiencies, Nutanix LCM gives IT teams the confidence to perform complex infrastructure upgrades with one-click simplicity.
The Nutanix LCM design simplicity is made possible due to inherent architectural aspects of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud. Rather than a collection of discrete products, each with their own update capabilities, bound together by layers of management tools, Nutanix AOS provides a Web-scale foundation simplifying the overall infrastructure management and enabling LCM to upgrade both cluster software and node firmware with ease.
Nutanix LCM manages the inventory and updating of Nutanix software and hardware firmware, including:
- Self-Managing: Automatically detects and self-updates the LCM orchestrator logic and new module metadata when framework components are made available.
- Dark Site Support: Can be configured to fetch LCM updates from a local source for datacenters without external Internet access.
- Upgrade Pre-Checks: Performs a comprehensive range of cluster pre-checks for health, capacity and version control.
- Secure By Design: The LCM framework, modules and compatibility matrix metadata use signed public key cryptography security to ensure binaries are verified as genuine.
1-Click, Non-Disruptive Upgrades
Software and firmware upgrades from a centralized, easy to manage, intuitive control plane.
LCM does the hard work of managing all upgrade dependencies for software and firmware components.
Unified Platform Upgrades
LCM normalizes firmware upgrades across hardware platforms, and provides a single, unified process regardless of vendor.
Unified Control Plane
LCM simplifies Nutanix IT infrastructure life cycle operations by consolidating software and firmware component upgrades into a unified control plane.
An infrastructure inventory shows software and firmware versions running across the environment, including any new versions available for deployment.
Similar to a Linux YUM package manager, LCM enables the deployment of multiple infrastructure upgrade packages across a distributed cluster like AOS and Prism Central.
Seamless Dependency Management
LCM elevates IT teams from the minutiae of software and firmware dependencies by automating the entire process.
When an IT administrator selects an update package, LCM automatically adds all corresponding upgrades that are a part of the dependency chain, ensuring that, with 1-click, everything required will be installed.
Optimal Upgrade Plan
Customers benefit from streamlined upgrade workflows with minimized infrastructure maintenance windows due to how LCM intelligently calculates the most optimal plan for all upgrade packages to be deployed.
Based on the bundle of components -- software or firmware-- that are selected for upgrade by the IT administrator, LCM creates a plan that ensures the updates are deployed with the minimal number of service or host restarts.
How It Works:
Nutanix LCM provides a common control plane for upgrading Nutanix infrastructures.
To get started:
- Use Prism Central or Prism Element to open LCM
- Upgrade the LCM inventory (default is set to automatic)
- Select one or more software or firmware packages to deploy
- Click update to start the upgrade process
Download the Nutanix Lifecycle Manager (LCM) Datasheet (.PDF)