Nutanix Review

They have one of the best technical supports in my experience


What is our primary use case?

We love the idea of having one box capable of doing a lot of work.

How has it helped my organization?

With the whole rack becoming a 2U Box, we had a smaller data center footprint and power consumption. Compute and storage became one, so it became easier to manage. There was no need to worry about SLAs, as it had great resiliency

What is most valuable?

  • Nutanix Distributed File System
  • Multi-hypervisor support
  • Erasure coding
  • Protection domain
  • Acropolis File Sharing
  • Acropolis Block Service
  • Strong support

What needs improvement?

Our challenge has been to simplify our data center, reduce OPEX, easily scale out, and improve agility. Here are some improvements that we would like to see:

  • Reduce our data center footprint.
  • Reduce its power consumption.
  • Make it easier to manage.
  • Have an agile data center.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Power supply and memory will affect stability, same as any other hardware vendor.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not at all. Scalability is within minutes.

How is customer service and technical support?

They have one of the best technical supports in my experience.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, we used three-tier architecture.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is very straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation in-house.

What was our ROI?

Estimated around four to five years, compared with three-tier deployment.

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

Work close with your InfraTeam and discuss with Nutanix the best way to achieve sizing and  price that are right for you. 

Licensing depends on the features needed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HPE SimpliVity.

What other advice do I have?

Soon, it will be only software. Therefore, you can provide preferred hardware. You can inject it with Nutanix software as long as the hardware compatibility meets Nutanix requirements.

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