Nutanix Community Edition – invitation codes available !!!

Few weeks ago Nutanix announced beta tests for Nutanix Community Edition. Since .NEXT announcement Nutanix Community Edition is available for everyone and it is free. If you would like to get started I have several invitation codes which you can use it during registration process and get access to Nutanix Community Edition immediately. If you are interested to get code:

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Nutanix Community Edition is the best way to start with Nutanix platform. It is  fully functional product with Prism and Acropolis KVM hypervisor with almost all features that paid version has. You can test and enjoy features like:

  • De-duplication
  • Shadow Cloning
  • Acropolis Hypervisor (all VM operations like start, stop, clone, create, high availability, live migration and more)
  • Analytics
  • Full API framework for development
  • Asynchronous DR
  • Compression
  • Erasure Coding

However some of the features like synchronous replication or Prism Central are not available in Nutanix Community Edition. Read documentation for moree details.

The only limitation I’m aware of is maximum cluster size which is limited to 4 nodes.

Minimal Hardware requirements:

  • CPU – Intel CPUs, 4-cores minimum, with VT-x support
  • Memory – 16GB RAM minimum
  • Storage Subsystem – LSI controller (HBA, JBOD or RAID 0 mode) or AHCI storage sub-systems
  • Hot Tier (SSD) – Single 200GB minimum SSD
  • Cold Tier (HDD) Single additional 500GB minimum device
  • Networking – Intel NICs recommended
  • Boot Device  – 8GB minimum, USB3.0 media recommended

Below some examples for compatible hardware:

SuperMicro SuperServer 1018D-73MTF

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-­1220v3 3.1GHz
  • RAM: 32GB DDR3
  • SSD: Seagate Pulsar.2 Enterprise SAS SSD – 200GB
  • HDD: Seagate Constellation.2 SATA 6Gb/s 7.2K RPM 64M – 500GB
  • NIC: Intel I210AT – Dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Dell PowerEdge R220

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220v3 3.1GHz
  • RAM: 32GB DDR3
  • SSD: Kingston SSDNow E50 – 480GB
  • HDD: 7.2k RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5in – 1TB
  • NIC: On-Board LOM 1GBE (LAN on Motherboard)

More info  you can find when will you get access to bits and Nutanix Community Edition.

Register here for Nutanix Community Edition

UPDATE 26/10/2015 –

NEW CODES ARE AVAILABLE – if you are interested, share this post and leave comment under the post.

UPDATE 20/03/2016 –

NEW CODES ARE AVAILABLE – if you are interested, share this post and leave comment under the post.

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Aravind Sivaraman

    Would love to learn more on the hyper-converged solution, and the benefits and features of the Nutanix Solution using the CE edition.

    • check your email box 🙂

      • piccolo

        would like to learn more about hyper-converged solutions , thanks

  • Barrie

    Would love to fire up CE on some grunty Dell boxes 🙂

  • Christopher Buford

    I would like to use CE to learn Nutanix. My end goal is to become a specialist on deplying Citrix products on the Nutanix platform.

  • Adrien LERAYER

    I would like to use CE to have a better understanding of benefits and features Nutanix can provide.

  • Niels Engelen

    I would like to use CE on some fresh bought homelab boxes with the aim of going for the NPX cert and get a deeper insight of the whole Nutanix stack (even though the CE lacks a few features it is a good start).

  • Yajuvendra Singh

    I would like to learn more about hyper-converged. Have been reading a lot about Nutanix but never got a chance to get my hands on this stuff.

  • Andrew Lee

    Hoping to learn how hyper-converged works and if the solution works well with my Dell R720’s.

    • Andrew, check you email. Let me know if CE works on your Dell R720. thanks

  • Migrate the Home/Corp Lab from other popular *CE product and establish knowledge of Nutanix.

  • Jakub D.

    I’d like to test drive Nutanix CE to learn about Nutanix platform. I’ll try to run in nested environment.

  • boloo


    Just want to try Nutanix CE to do some test. 😀

  • Wesley van den Heuvel

    I would really like to give Nutanix CE a spindrive and learn more about the platform. Running a home server with a 1230V3 Xeon and a Supermicro X10SL7, so hopefully my hardware is compatible.

  • Sateesh

    I would like to test features of Nutanix platform which will give me confidence to explain them to my Execs

  • Bruno Gouveia

    Would love to try Nutanix on my hyper-visor

    • Nutanix CE has hypervisor included, Acropolis – it is KVM version modified by Nutanix.

  • JRosePC

    I would love to try this. I have a R720 sitting in my home test rack 🙂

  • Luiz Henrique Lemes de Andrade

    Hi, I would like to learn more about hyper-converged and put in production.

  • Brandon

    Looking for an invite code-
    Interested in testing w/ several virtualization & devops environments; Very large research university datacenter with a bit of x86 compute to spare ;^]


  • Ahmed Said

    It was my first time to read about hyper-converged from the Nutanix website, and I hope to have a version to navigate in-depth thru it.

  • Rob

    Ive been looking at Nutanix for a while but have not had a chance to get my hands dirty with it. Id like to try this out on some servers before I put them in production R720’s. Invite code appreciated!

  • Hello, I am interested in trying Nutanix CE at work on my 3 node cluster!

  • nthn

    Interested in trying this on a 3 x HP Microserver Gen8 cluster! 🙂

  • Jason Robinson

    Very interested in getting more in-depth with Nutanix. Planning on building it within VMware workstation in my homelab.

  • Ibrahim

    much interested to have hands on with Nutanix Community edition, Please send a code,

  • Murat Karslioglu

    Upgrading my home lab and personal web servers. And I need something VMware-friendly, free and scalable.

    • You can scale out up to 4 nodes, it is free obviously. Is it VMware-friendly ? Not sure about this, but you can run in on bare metal or nested either on ESXi or VMware workstation or Fusion. Check your email

  • Andy


  • Rainer

    would love to try out the community edition to gain some knowledge about the features and advantages of Nutanix. kindly asking for an invitation code 🙂

  • Steve Vos

    If you still have invites available, let me know , interested in this !

    • Hi Steve,
      I run out of codes some time ago. let me check if I can get new bunch of codes

  • Amine

    Hello, any available invitation ? i need it for my LAB please , Thank’s 🙂

  • masaen

    Hello, are any codes available? Thank you 🙂


  • Eric Claver

    Would love to check this out and learn more about Nutanix.

  • I should have new bunch of codes in few days. Will keep you posted

  • Andreas Christ

    Hello Artur, I would also like to try CE on a test server (Dell R320). If you do get a hold of more codes it would be much appreciated.

  • Chua Zi Jian

    Hi Artur, would like to get a pair of the beta key for my home lab 🙂

  • lorec0re

    Hi Artur, would like to get a pair of the beta key for my super home lab. Thanks mate!

  • Trace

    I love choice and Nutanix promises that. I’ve got a monster home lab that’s up to the task and would really appreciate an invite code. (Please!)

  • Jon

    Would love to get an invitation code to test out Nutanix on my home lab. My college professor made me aware of Nutanix, I was happy to see they offer a free community edition. If you have an extra code I’d love to try it out.

  • Jamal jimy

    I needed test it on my home lab Arthur.
    So please can you give send me a code.
    Thank you in advance

  • Arania Jain

    Hey Artur,

    I have a POC demo lab setup where I want to try Nutanix CE. I have already tried OVirt with GlusterFS and want to compare the two platforms.

    If you have any invites left please share.


  • Zlatko Mitev

    Hi Artur ,
    Can I get invitation code as well . I would love deploying Nutanix in my home lab.

    • Check you email, Zlatko

      • Zlatko Mitev

        I got it .Thanks a bunch Artur !

  • Piotr Pisz

    Arturze chętnie przetestujemy Nutanix w naszym labie! 🙂

  • Serkan Aksu

    Hello Artur,

    I’d be very happy if you could provide me an invite code.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Tim Coles

    Hi there. If you still have any codes left I’d like to use one for a ViaB – XD POC. Cheers, Tim

  • jtgc

    If you happen to still have any invite codes left, I would love to try it out 🙂

  • Jeff nelson

    Looking for a invite to run in my home lab as well. Cheers!

  • Nicholas Chang

    Hi Artur :
    Can I get an invitation code as well ? Thanks

  • Andy Walsh

    Would love to try Nutanix and compare it to ESX

  • Vincent Dumode

    Hello Artur,
    Interested in testing this out. Do you have any more codes? Thanks!

  • Roger Nilsson

    Hi Arthur
    Would like to test this in my home lab. Any codes left?

  • Nick Prignano

    Hey Arthur, I’d love a code if you have a chance, really trying to understand this new and exciting revolution!

    • Hey Nick, got bunch of new invite codes. Let me know if you need one.

      • Nick Prignano

        Thank you, Artur, I still haven’t gotten access yet. Appreciate your generosity!

  • Sarath Kuniyil

    Hey Arthur, I would like to evaluate the Nutanix CE and learn this interesting product. Could you share the code?

    • Hey Sarath, got bunch of new invite codes. Let me know if you need one.