HPE SimpliVity vs Nutanix

HPE SimpliVity is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews vs Nutanix which is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 34 reviews. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "Having a private cloud for my organization is valuable". The top reviewer of Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN and VxRail. Nutanix is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSAN and VxRail. See our HPE SimpliVity vs Nutanix report.
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SimpliVity has provided our organization with a cost effective DR/data protection solution.The backup and recovery is very fast, effective, and easy to use.Software upgrades and scalability can be done during normal business hours with no downtime.The ability to manage the environment without special consoles or interfaces is a plus.​It allows you to take advantage of the unique platform of computing, cloud management, storage, and integrated networks, as well as software-defined data management, which is easy to use​. ​The globally federated architecture means that the backup across sites does not consume precious MPLS bandwidth, which is cool.The simple management comes in handy since a standard VMware can admin manage it.The HyperGuarantee is unique and the accelerator card is the primary IP with the product.

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Single click actions is definitely the most important. They were not even aware that they wanted this.Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.Being able to upgrade our entire cluster with the click of a button during business hours with zero downtime has made managing our infrastructure so easy.I can use VMware or Hyper-V license, if I already have. But if I use a similar solution as Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) that comes embedded in Nutanix solution, I can manage all my virtual environments with everything I need without spend more money on licenses.Hyper-convergence is the most valuable feature for me as it allows me to scale the hardware accordingly to project requirements.Management is simpleData locality provides super-fast data access and ultra-low latency.Ease of deployment

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SimpliVity needs to improve the support for native backups, like SQL and Exchange.File level restores work well, but indexing will help make the process be faster.SimpliVity needs to add support for Hyper-V and KVM.Simplify the backup and restore: With integrated backup and remote replication, it could reduce risk and eliminates the use of legacy data tools.HPE support is still not aware/trained on SimpliVity, and this is beginning to show.While SimpliVity was a pioneer of cloud connect capability, they have simply not exploited it.SimpliVity has little to no integrations.While it has been a while since HPE acquired SimpliVity, there is a lack of understanding/awareness about the product. In short, it took me time to actually make them understand they had a product named SimpliVity, which as you can imagine does not instill a great deal of confidence.

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Native File-Services are under heavy development and Container Services just came out.There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.Nutanix now supports four hypervisors but they are not all at feature parity.AHV is a great hypervisor but still limited compared to VMware. AHV is the one product they must improve.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.The product needs improvement in the areas of SAN attachment for high capacity and high I/O profile workloads.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.Benchmark testing indicated that workloads did slightly better on our Vblock by a few percentage

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It has helped to reduce our VMware licensing costs due to host consolidation.HPE has decided to sell the solution in all-flash configurations, which may not be as cost effective for smaller mid-market enterprises.​Investing less time in configuration and management means that you will have more time to focus on what is really important: Your company's innovation and rapid commercialization.​In terms of setup, there are some gotchas and caveats, particularly when discussing stretched clusters. Rapid DR also pretty much goes the same way.For most use cases, look to see if you can use all-flash as the price point, as it has come down significantly.It seemed like it was expensive at first. Now that I have had it installed for a period of time, I think I got a great deal.​Cost is a factor. It is quite expensive.Other vendors fall short on price compared to HPE on this product.

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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.While cost may seem higher than your traditional 3-tier architecture, you need to look at the bigger picture. You're not just buying hardware here. You're buying a complete environment.I know Nutanix and VxRail have similar prices and licenses. Nutanix is a go-ahead if AHV is used as hypervisor because it is already embedded in the price.The basic license that comes with the box allows basic virtualization features but advanced automation features would require an upgrade of licenses.Able to grow with smaller, more linear increments of investment

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in my position as Head of It I have looked and compared both solutions about 3-4 years ago for the first time, and we clearly went for Simplivity. For these reasons: Data efficiency (Dedupliation and compression), and resiliency. The file System of Nutanix wasn't able to handle a 2-drive failure, so this was a clear showstopper for us. Simplivity can handle even 3! And Nutanix was also lacking a real deduplication, like Simplivity has
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My experience with Simplivity has been great, so positive that we moved all of our server infrastructure into it. The accelerator card with deduplication reduces IOs, and this simple thing pays off in many aspects: improved general performance (because of less IOs), faster restores and backups (because of dedup) - so fast that we are NOT using our traditional backup solution (market leader) for ANY restore anymore, because it is so slow in comparison! Integration in Vmware virtual center, so there is basically nothing to learn to manage Simplivity. Deduplication allowed us to squeeze the content of our SAN at that time into a 'smaller' Storage in terms of TB, and to grow 3 years on it without reaching its limits.
We scaled up and added new nodes last year, and are going to get new ones now, as our company has grown and the server infrastructure accordingly.

I had a look a Nutanix again last summer, and will do again next month. My impression: great vision, especially because of the own hypervisor. This is interesting to me because it could potentially save licences costs in the long run by removing Vmware. And I said in the long run: it was still a 'concept' last year at Nutanix. Some important features were on the roadmap, but not yet there. Then it has to be carefully evaluated, if this hypervisor really can be a substitute for Vmware, market leader since more than a decade. I guess it will need a few years. It is a great vision, but still lacks execution.

The greatest downside I saw was the weakness of the deduplication in Nutanix. Dedup is modest in terms of ratio which may be reached (the vendor did not dare to name anything better than 2:1 to me, which is a very modest result in comparison to Simplivity. I was also explained, that dedup or compressions are features which needs to be enabled at the datastore level, and which could eventually limit performance. In other words: you have a set of features/policies which you may enable there, but you should not enable them all on each datastore. This sounds limiting to me, when I think that it’s exactly having dedup and compression in place at all time anywhere on simplivity which reduces IOs and makes the solution great and fast in moving, copying, restoring data.

I would really look at the use case: if you are starting from scratch, and do not care about which hypervisor you want to use, or do not need the benefits of vmware, then Nutanix might be interesting. In that case I would compare the total costs of hardware and software including the hypervisor licenses and also considering the costs of backup/restore given the functionality Nutanix offers vs Simplivity.
If you are an existing Vmware shop, which is probably true for most companies these days, and/or want to consolidate your datacentre, to me the choice is clear: Simplivity. I still did not find any reason to prefer Nutanix and am really surprised, how widespread Nutanix is while lacking such key features.

Regards

Matteo

15 February 18
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SeniorSy7ca6Real User

My standard answer to this type of question is, wait for it... "It Depends". It's always best to understand your needs for a storage system and evaluate vendors and their solutions to find the one that best fits your needs and requirements. Take the time to define your requirements and your evaluation phase should be fairly simple. Once you settle on a couple of vendors/solutions that most closely meet your needs then do an in-depth evaluation. This will help ensure you get the best solution for you.

We have chosen VMware as the best fit for our needs. The Enterprise version of the vSphere suite includes VSAN and VSAN is tightly integrated into the Hypervisior code with little overhead and no additional controller VM's taking up host resources. With the ability to use commodity hardware vSphere is the best fit for us. There are also vSphere/Hardware full solutions like VX Rail available.

I do have a Nutanix cluster and it performs very well and is really easy to use and manage. I have found that it is very expensive to add additional hardware/resources. If you want to add memory, you have to buy a Nutanix license for the additional memory. Same with disks, want to add more, buy more licenses. The last major software update required that each of the controller machines memory be upped to 28GB (in my environment) each. For a 3 node cluster that is 84GB of memory overhead.

14 February 18
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In my opinion, the key differences in favor of HPE Simplivity are:
- It includes advanced data services built-in in the architecture such as always‑on deduplication and compression, native backup and DR and high data efficiency (the data efficiency is global at Federation level, the data is compressed and deduplicated once and never rehydrated which saves bandwidth when doing remote backups and restores, which are very fast)
HPE Simplivity guarantees a minimum of 10:1 efficiency (deduplication + compression) and the mean of customer’s efficiency is 40:1 (HPE claim).
Also, the minimum number of nodes to get enterprise resilience is 2 for HPE Simplivity (tolerates any 3 simultaneous drive failures) and 5 for Nutanix (to implement RF3 data protection)
The advantage for Nutanix:
- It gives the choice of several hypervisors and brings its own hypervisor (Acropolis) for customers that can take advantage of its features.

My 2 cents….

14 February 18
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HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

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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