Hyper-Converged (HCI) Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Samuel Rothenbühler uses Nutanix
Lead Architect Enterprise Cloud - Member of the Management Board at Amanox Solutions at Amanox Solutions (S&T Group)
Some years ago when we started working with Nutanix the solution was essentially a stable, user friendly hyper converged solution offering a less future rich version of what is now called the distributed storage fabric. This is what competing solutions typically offer today and for many customers it isn't easy to understand the added value involved when a meta data update is performed and distributed throughout the cluster with one copy residing on the local node and each replica residing on other cluster nodes. If your VM writes three blocks to its virtual disk they will all end up on the local SSD. You might now think that you don't want to migrate that extends from the previous to the now local node but if you think about the fact that the extend will have to be fetched anyhow then why not saving it locally and serve it directly from the local SSD because this is the way your storage layer saves its underlying data then you simply wouldn't do it DRS will happen directly on all remaining SATA drives. This gives you a high degree of predictability and you can plan with a certain amount of VMs per node and you can be confident that this will be reproducible when adding new nodes to the cluster. As I mentioned above the architecture doesn't read all data constantly over the network and uses meta data master nodes to track where everything is stored. Looking at other hyper converged architectures you won't get that kind of assurance especially when you scale your infrastructure and the network won't keep up with all read IOs and meta data updates going over the network. With Nutanix a VM can't take over the whole clusters performance. It will have an influence on other VMs on the local node since they share the local hot tier but that's much better compared to today's noisy neighbor and IO blender issues with external storage arrays. If you should have too little local hot storage your VMs are allowed to consume remote SSD than an external full flash storage array with the added benefit that you read from you local SSD and don't have to traverse the network/SAN to get it and lots more. All with single virtual disk granularity. At some point they were even thinking at making a ... View full review »
Samuel Rothenbühler uses Nutanix
Lead Architect Enterprise Cloud - Member of the Management Board at Amanox Solutions at Amanox Solutions (S&T Group)
* Very easy management (e.g. daily tasks and also major upgrades) * Simple and fast to implement as a partner * Very mature and stable with outstanding Nutanix support if needed (we are a L1 and L2 support partner as well) * Potential to replace 80-90% of all customer use cases we see in Switzerland View full review »
Harri Waltari uses VMware vSAN
ICT Network Administrator at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
The most important feature for us is the converged infrastructure, which is all this tool is about. There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in with the vSAN tool. Storage is managed via policies. Define a policy and apply it to the datastore/virtual machine and the software-defined storage does the rest. These are valuable features. Scalability and future upgrades are a piece of cake. If you want more IOPS, then add disk groups and/or nodes on the fly. If you want to upgrade the hardware, then add new servers and retire the old ones. No service breaks at all. The feature that we have not yet implemented but are looking at, is the ability to extend the cluster to our other site in order to handle DR situations. View full review »
Charlene Harsch uses HPE SimpliVity
Sr. Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The ease of managing this system! Recently added the All Flash CN3400F and oh my goodness are these nodes fast as lighting! I love having a private cloud for my organization. Public cloud will never care for my organizations data more than I do. View full review »
Tommy Hong uses HPE SimpliVity
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
* Backups * Recovery * VMware VirtualCenter integration * DR * Being able to present the solution as NFS SAN to existing compute View full review »
reviewer543450 uses HPE SimpliVity
Head of IT at Law Firm
Inline deduplication, instant recovery of data across datacenters, low latency, easiness of management. The solution is fully integrated in the Virtual center client, which makes for a very lean learning curve. Simplivity adds as a plugin into virtual center and delivers a fully featured dashboard. Backup Policies are VM-centric, but can be applied at a datastore level as well. The dashboard displays live and historic latency values, overall and for each VM, and is used as a GUI for backup and restore. Backup and restore are performed automatically but can be also performedmanually at any time. This is done with a couple of klicks and takes a few seconds. View full review »
Justin Brooks uses HPE SimpliVity
Systems Engineer III at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* The backup and recovery is very fast, effective, and easy to use. * The ability to manage the environment without special consoles or interfaces is a plus. * Managing storage doesn't require a specialized skill set. * Software upgrades and scalability can be done during normal business hours with no downtime. View full review »
anush santhanam uses HPE SimpliVity
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Simple management * HyperGuarantee * Accelerator card * Globally federated architecture The simple management comes in handy since a standard VMware admin can manage it. The HyperGuarantee is unique and the accelerator card is the primary IP with the product. The 4KB based dedupe and optimization are definitely helpful as observed by our clients. The globally federated architecture means that the backup across sites does not consume precious MPLS bandwidth, which is cool. View full review »
SeniorIm1567 uses HPE SimpliVity
Senior IM Manager
It's very simple to manage. It has reduced the footprint in the datacenters quite a lot. View full review »
it_user517800 uses Nutanix
Chef du service informatique at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
* Simple to use * Ergonomic View full review »
Steffen Hornung uses Nutanix
Data Consultant with 501-1,000 employees
* Single click actions is definitely the most important. They were not even aware that they wanted this. * Performance was the main point for buying it. * No virtualization-vendor lock-in is another main point. * But if you ever had good support, Nutanix Support will overwhelm. View full review »
Eduardo Nunes uses Nutanix
Consultor Tecnico at a tech services company
Hypervisor agnostic. I can use VMware or Hyper-V license, if I already have. But if I use a similar solution as Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) that comes embedded in Nutanix solution, I can manage all my virtual environments with everything I need without spending more money on licenses. View full review »
Michel Isaia uses VMware vSAN
Virtualization System Administrator. at a integrator with 51-200 employees
The most important functionality is the ability to extend cluster storage and cluster computing power securely without loss of data. Also, the ability to set up an extended cluster on multiple sites in a much simpler and easier way than with a traditional storage solution. View full review »
Leandro Leonhardt uses Nutanix
System Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The Prism interface is valuable. It is very easy to manage, is based on HTML5, and all CVMs are able to assume the management role. They are not the SPOF. View full review »
Rodney Barnhardt uses VxRail
Server\Storage Administrator at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Being able to perform upgrades and check the system through the VxRail Manager has been very helpful. It allows files to be uploaded, performs a pre-check against the system, then upgrades the appliance from the hardware up through the VMware environment. View full review »
AccountM64fc uses HPE SimpliVity
Account Manager with 51-200 employees
We have a lot of customers who are looking at the whole hyper-converged infrastructure. Comparing this solution to some of the other competitors that we've been going up against, they like the ease of use, the centralized management, and big cost-savings. We had one SimpliVity deal so far, but that's what everybody from the customer standpoint really liked about it. They just received the product and they were just setting it up. Hypothetically, it's going to solve a lot of business problems that they were running up against. View full review »
ChristophHerdeg uses Nutanix
User at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
* Data protection in its various flavours. * Overall performance of the platform. * Scalability. * Ease of implementation. * Great GUI. View full review »
Solutiona357 uses VMware vSAN
Solutions Architect with 501-1,000 employees
If you really want to squeeze all of the value out of this solution, it should deployed in an all-flash configuration. The all-flash vSAN solution allows customers to take advantage of newer features such as erasure coding, deduplication and compression, greater swap file efficiency and other enhanced management capabilities. The erasure coding feature increases storage capacity efficiency compared to the default RAID-1 fault tolerance method that consumes more space but provides the best performance. Some virtual workloads do not require all of the performance provided by RAID-1. An administrator simply defines a capacity-based storage policy configured for RAID-5/6, which is then quickly applied to the VMs that would require it. View full review »
SnrDirector613 uses Stratoscale
Senior Director, IT Global Service & Support at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to dynamically allocate resources between different projects. View full review »
Nir Ashkenazi uses Stratoscale
Global VP Technology & President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability of the product, and the ability to provide an AWS region to our clients everywhere; this is one of the most important features for us. View full review »
603141 uses HPE SimpliVity
* Inline deduplication and compression * Rapid cloning and provisioning of VMs * Remote backup functionality * Easy handling within vSphere client due to the Simplivity plugin View full review »
shnladd uses HPE SimpliVity
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
* Redundancy * Cross-site federation * Data virtualization * Integration with vSphere View full review »
Miguel Pérez Rodríguez uses VMware vSAN
Senior IT Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The valuable features are: * It concentrates all our virtual platforms into a really small number of servers. * It gets rid of dependencies of expensive SAN storage units which decrease our electricity and cooling expenses in a very drastic way. * It gives us an extra layer of comfort by providing different levels of high availability. View full review »
DennisKoenders uses HPE SimpliVity
Senior Engineer/Virtualization Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Backup and DR applications are very good and easy to use. Due to inline deduplication, optimization and compression of data, very high IO throughput is possible. No additional training is necessary for support personnel and engineers, as the SimpliVity federation is managed via a plugin in the VMware vSphere client or webclient. View full review »
Jacobus Steyn uses HPE SimpliVity
GM IT Operations at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
The rapid backup and restore functionality improved our efficiency in the development area. View full review »

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