Nutanix Review

IOPs has increased as new nodes are added, although it has a high upfront cost.

Valuable Features

  • Ease of installing the hyper-visor
  • Out of the box High Availability

Improvements to My Organization

  • Decreased Rack space/power consumption
  • No need for SAN
  • IOPs has increased as new nodes are added

Room for Improvement

None, as I like that Nutanix listen to their customers, and implement new features to improve the kit.

Use of Solution

I've used it for six months.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's excellent.

Technical Support:

It's excellent.

Previous Solutions

We previously used a huge blade chassis with a SAN. We switched because of a bottleneck in the SAN, and it didn't scale well, as we hit queue depth limits. Some advantages Nutanix has over our old solution are:

  • Decreased the datacenter foot print
  • No need for hypervisor purchase with the addition of Acropolis
  • Reduce costs with regards to virtualisation technologies (i.e. VMware)
  • Features are at no extra cost
  • Ability to scale virtual hosts fast

Initial Setup

It's straightforward.

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Pricing is a little high but if you really look into what the product provides, the cost saving on setting up infrastructure and maintaining it is greatly reduced. Unlike VMware, features are provided at no extra cost. The support for the product is exceptional! Nutanix are keen to make sure their product excels in all areas.

Other Advice

When you get over the initial shock of the price, and think about what you get you will never go back to the old way of implementing infrastructure.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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