Nutanix Review

It controls data sets and metadata well with local read/write access and real-time distribution to other hosts, but it slows down in systems with large block sizes in random write.


Valuable Features

  • Shadow clone
  • Deduplication fingerprint on ingest

Improvements to My Organization

The beauty of this product is that it is very intelligent in controlling the data set and metadata. It fully utilizes the memory, hard disk, and CPU, and leverage big data components such as a Cassandra database as a metadata database to hold each of the nodes for a redundancy issue if there's a node or disk failure.

Each of the applications can perform data access in read and write locally, and also distribute a second copy of data to other hosts in real time, which ensures data will not be lost if there is a hard disk failure, and this avoids storage I/O bottleneck issues.

Room for Improvement

When operating a system which has a large capacity and large block sizes in random write, the performance will slow down a little bit.

Use of Solution

I've used it for two and a half years.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

7/10.

Technical Support:

10/10 as Nutanix support provides all our hypervisor support.

Previous Solutions

No, because no one is similar to Nutanix in using 100% software define storage.

Initial Setup

It's very straightforward. It makes a complete workflow and software for operation. In fact, it's so easy it will make implementation engineers obsolete.

Implementation Team

I implemtented it myself.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It's very simple and cost effective.

Other Solutions Considered

  • VMware vSAN
  • HP CS200
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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1 Comment
Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employeesConsultant

Very cool system.

20 August 15
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