Nutanix Review

Valuable features include one-click upgrade and data locality.


How has it helped my organization?

Our 125 seat VDI implementation went from barely usable, to a good alternative, to desktops. The performance of our server apps has never been better.

What is most valuable?

One-click upgrade and data locality are valuable features. The one-click upgrade provides simple management and upgrades. Data locality provides super-fast data access and ultra-low latency.

What needs improvement?

The focus on performance improvements over new features is more important to me. It is always fun to play with new buttons in the platform.

In reality, it is hard for me to find flaws in this platform because it is without comparing. For me, the fact that I run all of my workloads on Nutanix, which is a software defined datacenter platform, the biggest advantage for me is performance increases with updates. I was once asked what does "Software Defined" mean to me. My response was "a platform that allows for your next feature or performance upgrade to be as easy as a software patch or update."

To receive a performance enhancement by merely clicking the one button upgrade is the true value of the platform and what I look forward to the most. I do understand that new features provide the wow in the platform and I completely understand this value. However, for a datacenter admin, performance increases without cost, and sometimes unexpectedly delivered, is real wow.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no stability issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no issues with scalability. It's built for scale.

How is customer service and technical support?

Nutanix support is second to none. There has never been an issue when interacting with them.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used Vblock, a converged solution. We switched for many reasons. Footprint, power, cooling, savings, and support time.

How was the initial setup?

I did the setup myself in less than 45 minutes from box to data.

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

You get what you pay for here.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware VXRail/Rack and SimpliVity. We did PoCs. The hands-down winner was Nutanix!

What other advice do I have?

Do a PoC and judge for yourself. It costs nothing but time.

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