Nutanix Acropolis vs VMware vSAN

Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews vs VMware vSAN which is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 56 reviews. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis writes "Enables us to easily mix performance nodes with storage nodes". The top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "It's simplified our deployment methodology a fair amount, and it gave us better performance". Nutanix Acropolis is most compared with vSphere, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix, HPE SimpliVity and VxRail. See our Nutanix Acropolis vs VMware vSAN report.
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Pros
Flexibility. We're able to mix performance nodes with storage nodes easily. Unlike other vendors where, if we start a hyperconverged solution with them, we have to stick to a specific model, to a specific series with specific capabilities, with Nutanix it's very easy to mix and match the best solution, especially for a dynamic infrastructure like ours.

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One of the valuable features for us is the ability to restrict the performance capacity per client. Other solutions don't have this feature.The ability to have a disaster recovery option for our end-users by being able to use VDI and the vSANs, and the ability to do replication across multiple data centers, are valuable to us.It scales well. We have plenty of room to grow.It helped us survive power outages in one of our data centers, then continued to function without a hitch.Technical support has been fantastic. We always get answers quickly whenever we call.It allows us to put our infrastructure in remote locations and still get the same performance we get from our onsite SAN solutions.It is scalable, overall. If you need to add storage, it makes it easy to scale by adding additional hard drives into the existing servers or you can add storage by just adding more servers.Adding new nodes and expanding vSAN forward is simple and non-disruptive for a lot of our customers.

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Cons
It would be fantastic if there was a built-in layer, in Nutanix, that acted like a cloud interface. So far, we need to integrate a cloud interface on top of Nutanix for billing the usage for specific customers' domains. It would be great if a cloud gateway was built-in, inside Nutanix.One of the very important things that I would like to see in Nutanix, but I'm not sure if it's in the roadmap or not, is to have some kind of caching optimization at remote sites, to build active-active data centers more easily.

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Perhaps they could provide encryption without having to use an encryption manager.It doesn't seem like it gives the performance that an actual SAN would give for heavy IOPS, read/writes.We would really like them to look at what Nutanix did for day-one/day-two operations deployment: Bringing in the equipment, getting it deployed, getting it setup, and ease of use of one-click for deploying our 30-node solution. With vSAN we had to go into each one individually and set it up.I would like to be able to limit IOPS.I would like a better Hardware Certification List (HCL). The HCL should a little easier to deal with.The usability is pretty good but it could use a little tweaking on the UI, with a clearer definition of exactly what some of the things do.I would like to see replication as part of it. I would also like to see direct file access, being able to run SIF shares and NFS and the like. I think that would be critical to continuing the use of it going forward.One of the things that we've had challenges with are when we place hosts into maintenance mode. Sometimes doing so triggers large re-sync processes which can be time-consuming and which have, at times, pushed the capacity to the threshold. I definitely think making some changes in that area would provide some big improvements.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The price is good but I think there is still room for improvement on the price.

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We have increased our user productivity.​I would like to see this technology be made available to smaller businesses, who might benefit from high availability but struggle with the entry fee.​Perhaps a bundle, like Essentials, would allow more businesses to make the leap to the product.Basically, vSAN is a license in addition to that of the classic VMware Vsphere, which is also mandatory.Its reasonable, compare with other storage vendorsThe first 1-2 years of purchasing vSAN will be expensive. Thereafter, the longer you are running it, the more cost savings you will have.

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Overview
Overview

Nutanix Acropolis combines feature-rich software-defined storage with built-in virtualization in a turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure solution that can be deployed out-of-the-box in 60 minutes or less. Eliminate the need for standalone SAN or NAS-based storage, reduce the complexity of legacy virtualization management and lower virtualization costs by up to 80%.

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 Company
16%
Retailer
14%
University
11%
Manufacturing Company
9%
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Financial Services Firm
14%
Manufacturing Company
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Healthcare Company
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Comms Service Provider
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Small Business
29%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
22%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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