Nutanix

Nutanix Review
It is now our single most powerful server that is easily scalable and has an HTML5 site that manages all aspects of the system.


Valuable Features

Hyper-convergence is the most valuable feature for me as it allows me to scale the hardware accordingly to project requirements.

Improvements to My Organization

It is now our single most powerful server that is easily scalable and has an HTML5 site that manages all aspects of the system.

Room for Improvement

It would be great if it could emulate some of the features that their competitor VMware has, for example port mirroring or Netflow output at hypervisor level.

Use of Solution

We have used the solution for about a year.

Stability Issues

We did not encounter any issues with stability.

Scalability Issues

We did not encounter any issues with scalability except for cost and feature requests.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Local support has been wonderful so far in my case, but I didn't have many support requirements for my projects.

Previous Solutions

I was using a standard server infrastructure previously and found an offer for Nutanix so we switched.

Initial Setup

The setup was handled by our local IT vendor hence you can say it's convenient.
However I was there to observe how it was done and I can say that you need network experience to link the hardware together as the nodes inside the hardware communicate using TCP/IP.

The software is set up on the get-go (off-the-shelf) but due to my project requirements I have to customize the software, hence the complexity.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

If you're willing to spend on hyper-convergence technologies be prepared to pay more and be locked down to a specific hardware vendor.

The basic license that comes with the box allows basic virtualization features but advanced automation features would require an upgrade of licenses.

Other Solutions Considered

Before the purchase we were evaluating VMware only.

Other Advice

Please be prepared to be locked down on the hardware.

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

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