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Six months ago I wrote a post on some possible replacement for PernixData FVP because in August 2016 Nutanix acquire PernixData without give a clear message of the future of this product. Since acquisition, they’ve continued to maintain support for the “legacy” Architect and FVP products, as also they leave the possibility to extend the products base, leaving the acquisition of new licenses, but only to existing customents.

I’ve go the promise that the product was update to support vSphere 6.5 (actually the maximum supported vSphere version is 6.0u3 (2148155)) and I’ve wrote some clarifications on PernixData FVP based on the feedback that I’ve got from product managers.

But the reality is quite different. Nutanix has recently announced an EOL date for PernixData products. In the days following the announcement, they received feedback indicating that the timeline would not accommodate all customers. In response, they have now amended the EOL date for Architect and FVP to 12/31/2018.

This is the deadline and milestone table with all the dates:

Milestone Definition Date
End-of-Sale Announcement Date The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public. June 1, 2017
End-of-Sale Date The last date to order the product. The product is no longer for sale after this date. July 31, 2017
End of Maintenance Date (EOM Date) The last date Nutanix will provide Maintenance or Patch Releases for this product. December 31, 2018
End of Service Contract Renewal Date The last date to extend or renew a service contract Note: The contract cannot be renewed past the EOL Date (Last Date of Support) December 31, 2018
Last Date of Support (EOL Date) The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete. December 31, 2018

Seems reasonable except that there is no new upgrade of the product, no support to vSphere 6.5 and maybe issue with update to vSphere 6.0 (what could happen with next patches of ESXi 6.0?).

Which kind of options are available? Nutanix just send an email to customers asking to contact the product team and discuss different options, including a transition to Nutanix AOS on existing hardware platforms (interesting the point on existing hardware… how could be possible considering that customers with Pernix FVP have probably external storage and just a caching tier inside the hosts)… In my optionion… at this point… become more relevant find some possible replacement for PernixData FVP.