Compare IBM XIV vs. Nutanix

IBM XIV is ranked 9th in Modular SAN with 4 reviews while Nutanix which is ranked 1st in Modular SAN with 25 reviews. IBM XIV is rated 7.2, while Nutanix is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM XIV writes "This is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". IBM XIV is most compared with IBM Storwize, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and NetApp FAS Series, whereas Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity. See our IBM XIV vs. Nutanix report.
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Pros
Very easy to produce reporting data (Snaps). Very easy and fast for provisioning devices and Remote mirroring.Installation is amazingly easy.As it spreads, a chuck of 1MB across the board means using all available spindles on the backend.The performance and robustness of the systems are very good.Hands down, this is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage.

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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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The change form synchronous mirroring to asynchronous (and vice versa) without reconfiguration from scratch would be helpful.I encountered stability (performance) issues during enclosure or disk rebuild. Also some power supply issues due to malfunctions of ​circuits. Sometimes "internal" Snap sessions hang and consume pool capacity.This product was not a good fit for our organization as we have a ton of latency sensitive applications and XIV was not able to keep up with IO + latency demand.Until the drive is replaced, the pool_resizing is locked.I would rather have a web GUI served directly from the unit, and a CLI accessible directly through SSH.

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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
Licensing is straightforward.No-license-required policy, unlike others where you need a license for everything. Just pay once and forget about licenses.If you are going to use the product behind an SVC, IBM will price the units lower, since you are likely not to use any of the advanced copy services.

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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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89,596
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25
Average Words per Review
450
Avg. Rating
8.9
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Overview

IBM XIV is a high-end, grid-scale storage system that excels in tuning-free consistent performance, ease of use and exceptional data economics, including inline, and IBM Real-time Compression. IBM XIV is ideal for hybrid cloud, offering predictable service levels for dynamic workloads, simplified scale management, including in multi-tenant environments, flexible consumption models — and robust cloud automation and orchestration through OpenStack, RESTful API and VMware. It offers security and data protection through hot encryption, advanced mirroring and self-healing and investment protection with perpetual licensing.

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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Celero, NaviSite, Technische Universit_t Mªnchen, Netflix Inc., Muhr und Bender KG, Pelephone CommunicationsSt. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
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Energy/Utilities Company15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company12%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company8%
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Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise53%
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