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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Pros
"If you have a fair amount of experience with NetApp, you can work on it very easily.""The most valuable feature is the ease of file storage.""If anything happens, their technical support will come onsite and fix it.""ONTAP has been very stable for us, specifically in the cloud environment. It allows us to have high availability as well as standalone systems if that's what we want within our specific workloads. Also, on-premise has been a very stable environment. We have very few outages and when we do, we work with support to get systems back online in a timely manner.""The ability for our users to restore data from the Snapshots is very valuable.""Its functionality and technical support are adequate to help prevent failure due to errors.""SnapMirror helps mirror metadata and data volumes between endpoints in a data fabric.""The FlexClones make all the management easier for us."

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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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"To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.""I have used VMware for 15 years and I never had any problems with stability.""The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.""As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.""The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.""VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending.""It is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more.""We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios."

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Cons
"When it comes to support provided by NetApp, they have room for improvement. Every time we go through their support, we end up answering the same routine questions.""The data tiering needs improvement. E.g., moving hard data to faster disks.""I would like to have more management tools. They are difficult to work with, so I would like them to be a bit more user-friendly.""The key feature, that we'd like to see in that is the ability to sync between regions within the AWS and Azure regions. We could use the cloud sync service, but we'd really like that native functionality within the cloud volume service.""I would like to see them improve the perspective of start and search in the panels. This would allow for better visualization of the contents that are captured in the tool.""The navigation on some of the configuration parameters is a bit cumbersome, making the learning curve on functions somewhat steep.""The only issue we had lately was that outside our VPC we could not reach the virtual IP, the floating IP. I heard that they have fixed that...""Scale-up and scale-out could be improved. It would be interesting to have multiple HA pairs on one cluster, for example, or to increase the single instances more, from a performance perspective. It would be good to get more performance out of a single HA pair."

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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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"It is an expensive solution.""The vSan product uses a software system called Vsphere to monitor the system. It is sometimes difficult to manage the PCs within the systems.""I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.""I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.""This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.""This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.""Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.""When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good, but it was a test system, not a real purchase.""We purchased the product directly from NetApp.""The deal with the seller was acceptable; the pricing is reasonable.""The AWS consumer-based pricing model makes it easy for developers to use their credit cards to spin up virtual servers immediately.""Compared to other storage vendors, NetApp, is not always able to compete with their pricing. Yet, we acknowledge the ease of use ONTAP brings with the AWS integration.""They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they do for other customers, not just for us. The price was fair. In addition to the licensing fees, you're paying Amazon for your usage...""The standard pricing is online. Pricing depends. If you're using the PayGo model, then it's just the normal costs on the Microsoft page. If you're using Bring Your Own License, which is what we're doing, then you get with your sales contact at NetApp and start figuring out what price is the best, in the end, for your company.""In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer."

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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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"The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.""I'd love for this product to be cheaper.""ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface."

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Answers from the Community
Nicola Calligaris
author avatarAssistan9c81 (Senior Systems Engineer - Midrange Hardware Standards at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees)
Real User

If you are locked in on VMware vSan, VMware makes more sense.

If you have an open mind about open source systems, Nutanix might make more financial sense. since you could utilize the Acropolis hypervisor included with Nutanix.

Both systems have the capability to run a very large environment successfully.

author avatarFrédéric Lavoine (Capgemini)
Consultant

Both techs are mature and will fit your specifications. To be honest you have to consider the full scope to make your decision:
- Which certification/skills are yet available in your operation/support team?
- What are the other component, HCL, support matrix?
- Which approach are you going to use for deployment, release management, provisioning, automation?

Do not ask to tell if Mercedes is better than BMW without other information than the company name.

author avatarreviewer960162 (IT Manager at a legal firm with 11-50 employees)
Real User

We use neither of the technologies below, but in my previous investigation, I thought Nutanix was better then vSAN but everything is relative by the scope: which services will be offered? VDI? Virtual APPs? Citrix?

For VDI/Citrix infrastructure, Nutanix is better.

author avatarJason Weber
Real User

Hands down VSAN.

I am certified in all three platforms (Nutanix, VSAN, and VxRAIL). There was a time where I would have pushed toward Nutanix over vSAN but those days are behind us.

If you were looking at doing Hyper-V SSD, I would highly recommend you do Nuntanix instead.

The only reason to look at Nutanix anymore is if you are doing HCI without VMware at all.

And if you are doing vSAN, you may really want to look into VxRail. It is like the easy button for vSAN maintenance and management. VxRAIL has a lot of the add-ons for vSAN already part of the package.

author avatarNii Anyete Odoi
User

This really depends on your use case and which interface you are comfortable with.

You also have to consider the skillset in your environment, as you mentioned that you already have vSAN, vSphere, NSX and vRA).
If the above VMware Licenses have years of support ahead, then there is no need to invest in a different solution. HCI from VMware works fine but it is a vendor lock-in option, Nutanix gives you the choice of hardware and Hypervisor.

Sometimes we have to show all the cards and you make the decision.

author avatarMiguel Angel Pascual Lobato
User

I think that if your hyper-converged solution is VMware (vSphere, NSX, and vRA) could be the same vSAN or Nutanix. But you can have a solution that is cheaper without losing performance and security with Nutanix if you will use AOS + AHV.

Nutanix consumes more on-premise infrastructure than public cloud and I recommend doing a hybrid cloud. Creating a public cloud is good but it isn´t differential.

Why?

Nutanix is the first hyper-converged (the inventor) solution and its way is different than the others. Nutanix has adapted as the customer uses the public cloud in a private-cloud because Nutanix was born with a cloud-native philosophy. VMware with vSAN is a transformation of virtualization to give an SDS solution. For this, I think Nutanix is better for cloud solutions (hybrid and private).

author avatarFarhan Hafiz
Real User

From my understanding both solutions are great. As I’m familiar with Nutanix, I will support this solution as since I’m hosting around 300+ VMs on this solution, I can sleep well at night. No expected downtime almost.

There is a solution provided by HPE to avoid customers making a big investment in HCI. Instead, they can convert it into pay as you grow services instead of big investment in the start.https://www.hpe.com/my/en/services/flexible-capacity.html

It is called HPE Greenlake. HPE is also partners with Nutanix to bring the solution to the customer. So, customers can host their own private cloud on Prem with OPEX expenses. No big investment in the start and can save a lot of company expenses.

Dell EMC also offers the same services as vSAN services. If I’m who were to make the decision, I would engage HPE and Dell EMC to do a requirement study and present it to me. The most beneficial services that meet my cost and objective will be selected.

author avatarDominik Oppitz
Real User

Before giving out a recommendation it is important for me to understand more of your ideas. There are a lot of great solutions in the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
Please give more insight into your cloud idea:
- Private, public or hybrid cloud? Multi-hybrid cloud?
- Which workloads are planned? massive consolitation, mix of VMs and containers, known workloads (private Iaas with Cloud-like consumption) vs unkown workloads (Public or private cloud with mature self-servive), licencing aspects (no details please!), e.g. Oracle on this platform?
- Plans for scale & growth
- Is there a chargeback business plan in place?
- SLAs for backup, restore (RTO&RPO), Uptime, number of locations planned, distance between locations
- Anything else that is useful to us (and you are allowed to talk about)

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution’s unified file and block-storage access across our infrastructure is invaluable. Without it, we can't do… more »
Top Answer: Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.
Top Answer: I suspect ONTAP will just end up being a portion that runs on StorageGRID. Ultimately, everything will be object-based… 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… 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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Also Known As
ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVONutanix AOS, Nutanix AcropolisvSAN
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Overview

The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

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.

For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Healthcare Company28%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,850 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 26 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VMware vSphere and NetApp HCI, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and NetApp HCI. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. VMware vSAN report.

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