How has it helped my organization?
Our company was in a high growth period, tripling in size within 30 months. Our demand was outstripping our ability to provide additional capacity.
With traditional converged infrastructure (Vblock), the length of our acquisition cycle (analyze, predict, design, justify, procure, manufacture, deliver, install, configure, and provision) was in excess of six months.
We were able to respond to demand more quickly and with less hysteria with Nutanix.
When I left the company, we had decided to use Nutanix to build out our non-production development environment and use the Vblocks only for production and bare metal.
What is most valuable?
- Speed of acquisition and ease of deployment
- Shorter timeline from PO, to delivery, to operation than converged infrastructure solutions like Vblock
- Able to grow with smaller, more linear increments of investment
What needs improvement?
Performance was not bad, but it could be better. I never fielded complaints from developers or users, but benchmark testing indicated that workloads did slightly better on our Vblock by a few percentage points.
This wasn’t a major concern, as our stated use case for Nutanix was purely non-production.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We did not encounter any significant stability issues that I was aware of at my level.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It scales nicely if your workloads are predictable and you build for the right mix of storage and compute.
How are customer service and technical support?
I had no complaints from my engineers with regard to the technical support.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We previously used Vblocks for nearly everything, production and non-production, and we were in a high growth phase.
The large incremental purchase cycles of Vblocks in terms of cost and lead time were causing significant distress.
We had also struggled through some difficult RCM upgrades on the Vblocks. Nutanix was just so much easier to manage and deploy.
We were in the process of migrating non-production to Nutanix and keeping only production on the Vblocks when I left the company in early 2016.
How was the initial setup?
My engineers raved about the ease of setup and configuration, especially when compared to a Vblock.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
I wasn’t directly involved in the original purchase. My initial reaction was that we either overpaid or Nutanix was overpriced.
But our experience with the product was very positive and subsequent pricing from the VAR seemed more reasonable. Competition is a good thing.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
The team that did the evaluation was not my team so I can’t speak about the specifics. I know they looked at SympliVity as well and there was some lively discussion around the merits of both products.
What other advice do I have?
The market for hyper-converged is competitive and rapidly changing. Take a look around.