Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The UCS, which is by far the best management tool there is on the market, regardless of vendor. It's the only tool I see that gives you the opportunity to size and scale all the assets and capacity you have in your data center, from a unified view.
Cisco provides the ability to configure BIOS, something that no one else can do, on a remote basis. That's really helpful sometimes. The bus-snooping alteration tool for BIOS is fantastic. That's one of the game-changing features that Cisco alone has at this point.
The feature that we are most interested in is the scalability. When needed, we are able to add more nodes and scale it up further.
The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.
I love the Cisco design, the visual interface to manage and use the platform.
There are some slight cost advantages when you need fewer resources to manage it.
This is not the only product we use, so we have other solutions to compare it with. We can compare different products and different vendors and tell our customers which products have which advantages and disadvantages so that they can leverage these products in their own environment. This product helps us to understand the customer's needs and what issues they can run into.
Most of our users are Cisco customers, so it fits in within the suites we use. Primarily for me, as a solution architect, it's the technology and architecture that is the most valuable. I know from my technical colleagues that it's easy to use and for the customer, the up-time is the most valuable asset. It's running, has low failure, and so on which is why we use it.
Stability is one of the things we absolutely have to have, because if the HCI is down, our assembly lines are down, and that could potentially lead to our customer being down. If our customer is down, that's $10,000 a minute; and any time the assembly line is down, that could potentially lead to overtime. We don't get to charge one and a half times for something we billed just because you happened to build it on overtime. Any technology we bring in, has to be built for what I call "three in the morning." It can't be built for whenever everybody's in the plant, everybody can watch it, and everybody can babysit. It has to be built for three a.m. when you've got a skeletal staff there, and you just have to know that it's just running. As I stand here, right now, I don't have to check my phone, I don't have to check my email. I know it's running. Period
The most valuable feature is the convergence.
It has automated a lot of workloads. It has automated us from ticketing a large number to a very small number.
HCI has helped with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds for the last year. It's faster and more reliable with minimal downtime, as it doesn't require any maintenance.
The solution integrates well with all the other applications that we use on our environment.
We're trying to move to a much more API-driven management of all of our products, and NetApp's product is, from all the SDS providers we have seen, the most fully-baked API out there.
In terms of helping us with storage persistence across private and hybrid clouds, we do store data internally and in Azure. It has allowed us to consolidate a number of workloads, across our old NetApp and a number of our older storage arrays, into a single unit and have that unit also working with Azure.
Scalability was another thing I was looking at. The solution, by its very nature, is designed to be expandable and flexible, so you don't have to buy performance you don't need today, but you're also not stuck with something you can't expand.
It has solid performance and provides data locality.
Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.
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.
It has seamless expandability.
Their Google operating system is more mature, so their results are much better.
Prism Central allows managing the cluster from a single pane of glass, and it allows a deeper dive into the solution.
They have one of the best technical supports in my experience.
I would like it to be easier to manage the server, create VMs, and manage the VMs on the client.
I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other place
Cisco has to continue improve the management tools to provide a better command line interface with more functions. That would be better for administration.
It needs improvements in terms of I/O. Sometimes I have felt it is slightly slow while we are trying to provision VMs or access VMs.
The primary improvements should be made in the cluster storage controller VMs so that they don't break the upgrade process.
We are moving further out with more cloud solutions, so we need HyperFlex to be more cloud-connected. They should develop more connection to Amazon Web Services and Google cloud because our customers use their services and are moving in that direction.
They should have more blade options and more configuration flexibility. Also, the price is expensive. It should be cheaper but it is worth the price.
Their technical support is very bad. We had an issue where instead of an engineer we got a PDF "doctor" that didn't know anything about our problem which was very frustrating.
I would like to see higher level graphics support because we are going to be doing some virtual desktop for our CAD software, and I want to be able to support AutoCAD and Cantillo on remote desktop machines.
To improve the product, they should make it more flexible.
There are some legacy applications which still cannot be migrated. That is why we have to keep two environments: legacy and the new one. We would like to see more compatibility to move stuff.
It is difficult to get acclimated to all the new features quickly. The onboard process could be improved to bring clients up to speed faster.
I'm not a fan of how they don't log you out properly from some of their web tools for management.
I'd like to see some additional graphics capabilities because I'd like to look at some virtual desktop integration for CAD software.
I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.
There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.
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.
They should support more VM, which is not currently supported.
I would like better integration of XenServer into the AOS and Prism Central.
Make it easier to manage.
Reduce its power consumption.
Pricing and Cost Advice
They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."
Initially HyperFlex was a little costly, it was higher, but Cisco wanted to get into our company, so they gave us a fair discount.
It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.
Here in Brazil... it is very expensive. It's very hard for almost all companies to buy even the small version of this solution.
We negotiated with Cisco and we got some price benefit from that.
The price is a bit too high.
The product is expensive. Other solutions are cheaper.
The cost is expensive, but there is a chance to save money in the future.
There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor systems.
This solution saved our organization time (35 percent) and money. We have a hefty group of developers, and if you multiply that by 30 to 35 percent, that is quite a bit of money.
Where we lost nearly 75 percent of our infrastructure due to a malicious attack and were able to recover two and a half hours into it due to the integration, it saved us and all of our customers. Because we were able to recover so fast from the attack, the solution paid for itself right there.
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.
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.
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