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"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.""It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."

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"Karbon is a must-have as it drastically simplifies the deployment of Kubernetes.""The solution offers impressive performance.""Everything is core centralized on the UI.""We like that the size of the box is 1U or 2U only, and all the servers are fit into that box. The ease of operation is there. All the servers and the SAN storage are inside the box.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.""The product is easy to manage.""The ease of deployment is very good."

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"The free ESXi hypervisor was a great way to get started, as it allowed us to introduce virtual machines so that users could start to experience the advantages.""It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures.""The vMotion in particular I think is the most valuable because this feature provides migrations of virtual machines in case you want to run do maintenance.""The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.""The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime.""Its DR facility is good. Within a moment, data can be retrieve from another physical location over the Internet. The speed to recover data is good.""VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution.""We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running."

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Cons
"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell.""The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated.""I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."

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"In the licensing, it needs to be clear about features because it is not clear whether Flow is integrated or not.""The solution doesn't support older systems, which can be a problem for some organizations who wish to implement it. It became a problem for us due to the fact that some of our systems are older.""Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators.""Pricing and varieties of options could be better.""There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.""Some clients find the solution's cost to be too high.""I'm not very technical, so I don't know if there are any features that are really lacking. Our customers seem pleased with it, and I haven't heard of any downsides.""The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive."

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"It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager.""Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement.""I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems.""I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI.""The ability to run ARM based VMs on an x86 platform for testing purposes. With the growing use of SBCs running on ARM architectures for IoT devices, it would be very useful if developers could build and deploy VMs running operating systems like Raspbian used on Raspberry Pi devices on their existing x86 ESXi environments. Even if this is not possible through some form of emulation, the ability to add ARM hypervisors to vSphere environments would be very useful. This will enable more rapid development cycles for customers just getting started with IoT but already existing vSphere users.""OS templates should be readily available, so there is no need to get an OS separately. Only the activation part should be different, which is not presently available due to the need to get the OS from a different location, then create VMs.""It is expensive. They can improve the licensing cost for Cloud Director. They can also improve the integration with other applications and the metering feature, which is currently not flexible.""Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""The pricing is fair for the package."

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"The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.""Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure.""You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.""It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services.""VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.""It is expensive.""In my opinion, the essential version is a good price.""The price of this solution is mid-range."

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Answers from the Community
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author avatarPatrick Ringelberg
Real User

Question one:
Does the customer already have vSphere because than I would suggest not to use Acropolis? Nutanix wants to control the entire platform with its HCI solution like VMware.

Question 2:
Do you want to use NSX now or in the future? Use VMware, because if it will be supported and it would always give issues with the integrations with Acropolis.

Question 3:
Is the growth of the customer low? Then Nutanix can be a choice if it is bigger than VMware. Nutanix is not flexible in big site setups and can give big problems with updating.

author avatarDorian Boris MOUKET
User

Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures.

We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the issues of very high availability.

author avatarSteffen Hornung
Real User

Acropolis in itself is no product. 
Do we speak AOS or AHV Ort both?


AOS is the intelligence on Top of a hypervisor making AHV Or Vsphere an HCI Solution.


AHV is Nutanix own hypervisor managed completely with AOS, so there is no standalone offering , it always comes with AOS.


This seems to contradict the statement abviert, but Sinne you Can have AOS without AHV, you can make a clear distinction between both.


AHV has the advantage of being optimized tigertet with AOS. Together with ESXi, you still have to use two management tools for AOS + ESXi. AHV + AOS utilizes the same prism element. So, integration is the biggest difference between AHV and ESXi


For AOS and ESXi the answer is quite simple: you would have to compare VSAN with AOS. Then you see, the integration of products and resiliency in Nutanix is better.


Of your comparing features you have AHV on Par wo h ESXi.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: Acropolis in itself is no product.  Do we speak AOS or AHV Ort both? AOS is the intelligence on Top of a hypervisor… more »
Top Answer: I don't know the technical details, but if you want to work with the VMware hypervisor it would be best to select the… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux… more »
Top Answer: The most important feature is the ability to balance the servers with Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). It is a very… more »
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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 vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
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Comms Service Provider23%
Computer Software Company18%
Government9%
Healthcare Company7%
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Financial Services Firm11%
University9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company7%
Retailer7%
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Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company25%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise25%
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Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, Dell EMC, VMware and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: September 2021.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 29 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 89 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 9.0, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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 vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE and Oracle VM.

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