How has it helped my organization?
The three-tier architecture is not that flexible and quick. Now, I can update or upgrade my whole datacenter with one click, the rest is done by Nutanix. No more reading and studying the HCL lists of controllers or disks. Each performance test with SQL, Exchange, Oracle, or SAP is better than on a three-tier architecture. I have one GUI for everything: for my VMs, my storage and my network.
What is most valuable?
Scaling is very easy and no limitations are set.
What needs improvement?
The file services that they also provide need some more features, like on the Windows file server.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
I have not encountered any stability issues at all.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I have not encountered any scalability issues at all. It is easier than any other product I know.
How are customer service and technical support?
The technical support is the best I have ever seen. They act quick and directly via Web session. No more first-level support and so on.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We previously used VMware for virtualization and NetApp for storage. We switched because we need to expand and that is not easy with NetApp. VMware only has the best features in the biggest license, which is expensive.
How was the initial setup?
The setup of Nutanix is done in one hour. They say: “Start small, start quick, and pay as you grow”. That is really very easy.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Pricing is nearly the same, but don´t forget in this price I have included my storage and virtualization costs. And it will be much cheaper in the future.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We checked other options, too, such as EMC, EqualLogic, and Nexenta. But the easiest and the one with the most scalability was Nutanix.
What other advice do I have?
If you have an old three-tier architecture that is more than three years old, check your contracts. Check your applications like Exchange, SQL, Oracle, SAP, or VDI, and if you have problems or you need better performance, then go to Nutanix and start a test with your application. I recommend a try-and-buy solution or go directly into a proof of concept. They will help you out.
It is the most flexible product for the datacenter.