Compare FlexPod vs. Nutanix

FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 144 reviews while Nutanix which is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 26 reviews. FlexPod is rated 8.6, while Nutanix is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of FlexPod writes "The agility reduces the number of hours that it takes to construct a physical or virtual data center". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and Vblock, whereas Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.
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Pros
The ease of set up is probably the most valuable feature for us.All-flash storage and low latency I/O enhance performance.The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is one call for support.The solution can be innovative when it comes to cloud computing storage and networking.The most valuable feature of the solution is the automated firmware management.The solution can be innovative when it comes to compute storage and networking. FlexPod is very flexible and innovative. We can design it as we like.The Validated Designs are very good because they act as a reference to see whether we have done things properly.FlexPod impacted us by making things easier to deploy. The solution is a private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environment. That's very important to us. We're doing a lot of hybrid cloud.

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The fact that there is only one interface to deploy a complete solution for maximum storage is fantastic.Best features are around data locality, compression, and deduplication.The most valuable feature would be the ease of deployment. That is the most significant feature for me because I've worked with multiple vendors and it's always been very complicated to install the software and get everything running.It is a good solution and it is easy to work on their platform.Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.It has solid performance and provides data locality.The level of statistical performance data that it can confirm in real-time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing from a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent.SRM capabilities for replication have been proven reliable and very useful for our organization.

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We use technical support from time to time. Most of the time if we really need assistance we end up having to get above the tier one support. We're able to do a lot of the tier one troubleshooting on our own.The cost may be high compared to other solutions.It would be helpful to have more flexibility for adding other components.The FlexPod service and support could be improved.UCS Manager needs better integration to perform firmware updates.I would like to see more cloud-centric modules that are specific to applications and more software-based solutions. That's all that is missing.It would be very helpful if the upgrades for Cisco, VMware, and NetApp could be bundled together and performed at the same time.We haven't seen ROI yet.

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They have offered some new features that I have not deployed so I assume that these issues might have been addressed already, but, at my time there was a networking problem.We could always use a performance upgrade, or simplified management.If they can simplify the software slightly for the installation, that would make all the difference.If we can have certified compatibility with other companies, such as Oracle, then it would let us know that they function correctly together.There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.Regarding third-party backup solutions, the only agentless option is Commvault, which is expensive, complex, and requires intensive vendor training.We would like to see it support other systems outside of the compute stack from which it was built.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is not cheap, but there is a return on investment in time saved and efficiency.We have a lease for approximately $10,000 USD per month.The annual cost is approximately $100,000 USD.We pay approximately $1,400 USD in total for between five-thousand and ten-thousand ports.It is not going to save you money, but that is not the point. The opportunity to stay competitive in the marketplace is not a cost.Cost is the primary factor behind why I would not give this product a perfect rating.The FlexPod licensing can adjust to your purse, i.e. there are different levels available for businesses of all sizes.Because the solution is now stable, we are saving about $100 million USD a year.

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Pricing varies greatly between license and editions.They should lower the price. If they did they would fall into a more competitive market because the price does scare a lot of potential customers away when they get the quote.There are a lot of features included with Nutanix that cost a lot with other companies.I don't feel that I am receiving the performance which I am paying for.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.Extra features should not be so expensive. We would love to be able to use or even just try some of the extra features without having to buy them. Buying those features is just as expensive as buying vSphere licenses, so the cost savings is nullified.Setup cost is minor, pricing is quite a bit (we have a 7-node-cluster for about 450K EUR with 2 vGPU-nodes for Citrix) but that includes hardware, software, and support.

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Overview

The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

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University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance GroupSt. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
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Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Healthcare Company8%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company13%
Wholesaler/Distributor7%
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Energy/Utilities Company15%
Healthcare Company12%
Financial Services Firm12%
University8%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company9%
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Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise69%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise34%
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