What is our primary use case?
Our file share infrastructure was all messed up with several different solutions in place such as; Windows file servers, Hitachi NAS devices, Linux NFS repositories, and DFS. We were looking for a solution to replace and consolidate all our file share repositories in one single place and the Nutanix Files was the chosen solution.
We are very happy with it, as we were able to migrate hundreds of Windows file shares, Linux NFS, and the files seating on the Hitachi NAS to Nutanix with almost zero impact.
How has it helped my organization?
It is very fast, reliable, scalable, stable and It comes with very nice features, such as; built-in HA, analysis reporting, audit reports, DR replication, one-click upgrade, and some other cool features.
Now, we have much more control over our File Share environment. It is much easier to manage, and we've reduced the IT infrastructure footprint by 70%.
The built-in file analysis feature is also helping us a lot on the audit requests, as we can generate several different reports right away.
What is most valuable?
We were able to increase the file share environment's overall performance and availability.
The HA feature (minimum of three instances), as well as the replication to another site using Nutanix Protection Domain (LEAP), is also a great addition to it.
The management interface is great and you have handy access to several details about your file shares. We didn't have any of that in our old file share environment.
What needs improvement?
The only thing I would say is missing for us it is FTP protocol compatibility. We still have some systems that use FTP to send and receive files, and we are missing that feature. The solution would be perfect for us with the FTP support, as we also have a lot of legacy FTP solutions in place spread across several different servers and platforms.
For how long have I used the solution?
We have been using Nutanix Files for more than one year.
How was the initial setup?
The migration process was really smooth with minimal outage and disruption.
What other advice do I have?
In summary, we have been using Nutanix Files for more than one year and we are very happy with it.
We hope Nutanix can add the FTP protocol to the Nutanix Files so we can also leverage all of the great AOS capabilities in the FTP environment, as well.
Which version of this solution are you currently using?