Nutanix Acropolis AOS Review

IOPs has increased as new nodes are added, although it has a high upfront cost.

What is most valuable?

  • Ease of installing the hyper-visor
  • Out of the box High Availability

How has it helped my organization?

  • Decreased Rack space/power consumption
  • No need for SAN
  • IOPs has increased as new nodes are added

What needs improvement?

None, as I like that Nutanix listen to their customers, and implement new features to improve the kit.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's excellent.

Technical Support:

It's excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a huge blade chassis with a SAN. We switched because of a bottleneck in the SAN, and it didn't scale well, as we hit queue depth limits. Some advantages Nutanix has over our old solution are:

  • Decreased the datacenter foot print
  • No need for hypervisor purchase with the addition of Acropolis
  • Reduce costs with regards to virtualisation technologies (i.e. VMware)
  • Features are at no extra cost
  • Ability to scale virtual hosts fast

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is a little high but if you really look into what the product provides, the cost saving on setting up infrastructure and maintaining it is greatly reduced. Unlike VMware, features are provided at no extra cost. The support for the product is exceptional! Nutanix are keen to make sure their product excels in all areas.

What other advice do I have?

When you get over the initial shock of the price, and think about what you get you will never go back to the old way of implementing infrastructure.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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