Nutanix Acropolis AOS Review

It provides auto- and self-healing features. No scalability issues.

What is most valuable?

  • One-click updates
  • Auto-/self-healing

How has it helped my organization?

We had a real disaster back in 2014. Our customer data centre was hit by a flood that was about two meters. When the water level approached the data centre, we triggered the DR features. Once DR completely had taken place, we unmounted the production unit from the rack server and kept the 2U unit in a safe place.

What needs improvement?

They need to add features for software-defined networking and network security. The multi-tenant features need to add charge back/metering.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it since 2013.

We are currently maintaining Nutanix 2 cluster NX3350, 1 cluster 2 NX6235, 1 cluster NX 1460 and NX 3450; NOS Version 4.3 and AOS 4.6.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We encountered stability issues during NOS 3.0, but it was not a big issue as we get support from Nutanix.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 10/10.

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

I previously used a three-tier design for virtualization. Managing three types of hardware vendors (server, SAN switch & SAN Storage) is troublesome.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was complex. Our costumer has multiple clusters for production, development & testing. Each of them were use a different network segment. They also use multitenancy features to serve other departments.

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

Nutanix licensing and pricing is premium compared to other hyperconverged infrastructure vendors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we evaluated VMware vSAN.

What other advice do I have?

Leveraging the Nutanix Acropolis would save on hypervisor licensing.

With Nutanix, you can't mix up the OEM hardware with other vendors such as Dell or Lenovo. There are more issues on the commercial side. When it comes to support, a mixed cluster will create haywire between those hardware vendors.

My rating reflects comparing the experience of managing a three-tier architecture for visualization with a hyperconverged solution.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a Nutanix partner.
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