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Pros
"The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure.""The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory.""It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.""The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"

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"It has solid performance and provides data locality.""It is a good solution and it is easy to work on their platform.""It consolidates our servers, and improves our electricity consumption and cooling as well.""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.""Best features are around data locality, compression, and deduplication.""The fact that there is only one interface to deploy a complete solution for maximum storage is fantastic.""I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable.""The most valuable features are its ease of use and its good performance."

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Cons
"More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring.""I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools.""It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes.""Documentation management could be improved"

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"I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.""As of now, Acropolis and VMware cannot talk to each other. Until we have some kind of interface, it would be much better for Nutanix if they built an interface which can talk. Otherwise, if I have a VMware stack and I already have a Nutanix stack, I create containers, I create clusters on VMware, I create clusters on Nutanix. All of these clusters cannot talk to each other. Then it has to be then subverted as a parallel execution. What happens then is that I have to work in two different environments within my data center. Practically, they are two different data centers but physically and logically, they are one. If they cannot talk to each other that creates a lot of issues. That is something which Nutanix has to develop because for Nutanix it is very simple. For example, Oracle is using a function called GoldenGate. They have a feature called GoldenGate which allows them to talk to various different environments which must really help.""If we can have certified compatibility with other companies, such as Oracle, then it would let us know that they function correctly together.""The GUI for this solution needs improvement.""If they can simplify the software slightly for the installation, that would make all the difference.""We could always use a performance upgrade, or simplified management.""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.""One thing I've noticed is that, when you do a shift from VMware to Nutanix, it opens the setup of the VM that's currently running. If people from another site double click on it, it opens the VM instead of the setup of the unit. So I would suggest that this could perhaps be switched. That is so far the only change I would like. I would like it if they could fix the instance where you double click on a VM and it opens the VM instead of the setup. That's the only thing that's a major bother to me."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly.""Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."

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"Their technical support is really good. They have been very helpful.""There are a lot of features included with Nutanix that cost a lot with other companies.""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.""Pricing varies greatly between license and editions.""Our licensing fee on the total setup up was about R900 000.""I think it's cheaper than VMware in terms of cost.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.
Top Answer: Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products.
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in their network capabilities. Right now, if I'm going with the on-prem Storage Spaces Direct then I need to have a toll switch. They have a requirement: If I'm going for… more »
Top Answer: Ahmed Gomaa, I am sorry, but this is plain wrong. NetApp HCI supports not only VMware, HyperV, and KVM but has also the unique ability to connect physical hosts without performance penalty or… more »
Top Answer: Nutanix is intelligent hyper-convergent
Top Answer: For me is the better solutions to consolidate the Data Center
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Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

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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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 5 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 29 reviews. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StarWind Virtual SAN, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and Red Hat Gluster Storage, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell EMC PowerFlex. See our Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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