What is most valuable?
- Small footprint: Our datacenter was already pretty full and we would have had to increase its size and add more electrical and cooling. None of that had to be done when we went to Nutanix. We now increase the capacity of our datacenter without having to add more square footage, while increasing its horsepower, allowing us to run more servers utilizing less space than before.
- High performance
- Many hypervisors supported: Supporting more than one hypervisor allowed us to test different scenarios and didn’t lock us into just one option, like VMware.
- Has its own Hypervisor Acropolis
How has it helped my organization?
We condensed four racks of physical servers into one rack taking up 2U of space.
What needs improvement?
It has the ability to connect to Azure or AWS for storing backups. I would like to have the capability to spin up a backup on Azure or AWS for disaster recovery purposes.
Right now, you can only send a backup to either Azure or AWS. We would like to take a backup and spin it up to an actual server that could be connected to by users from the outside. This is on their (Nutanix) roadmap but the functionality doesn’t exist at this time.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have used it for five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
NO issues with stability; had a few minor software bugs that were more annoying, but not disruptive.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We have not encountered any scalability issues. To date, I believe the biggest customer has 1000 nodes.
How are customer service and technical support?
Support is fantastic and they will even help with issues related to VMware if that is the hypervisor you are running.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We switched from traditional SAN and servers because we needed a smaller footprint while dramatically increasing performance and scalability.
How was the initial setup?
Five years ago, the setup was complex (everything was more manual, like upgrading the operating system), but today a large part is automated; for example, the OS upgrade is now a one-click upgrade.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Make sure you know what features you want, as they have three software licensing editions: Starter, Pro and Ultimate (https://www.nutanix.com/products/software-editions/).
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Simplivity, Stormagic SvSAN, and VMware VSAN.
What other advice do I have?
Make sure you find a good partner who has extensive experience with this. Also, if you are just doing server virtualization, then evaluate their free Hypervisor Acropolis and you can save quite a bit on not having to buy VMware.