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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Pros
There is unified storage, which provides flexibility. It is set up perfectly for performance and provisioning. We are able to monitor everything using a separate application. It provides error and critical warnings that allow us to take immediate action through ONTAP. We are able to manage everything, log a case, and follow up with the support team, who can fix it. That is how it is unified.The feature which I like the most is that it has the capabilities that the traditional storage system offers. It provides all the functionality. The deduplication and compression work exactly like ONTAP's traditional storage. So people who have experience with that find it very easy to manage.The most valuable features are tiering to S3 and being able to turn it on and off, based on a schedule.If you have a larger amount of data than normal in cloud, it is easy to provision and maintain. Waiting for the delivery of the controller, the configuration of enclosures, etc., all this stuff is eliminated compared to using on-premise.Its features help us to have a backup of our volumes using the native technology of NetApp ONTAP. That way, we don't have to invest in other solutions for our backup requirement. Also, it helps us to replicate the data to another geographic location so that helps us to save on the costs of backup products.They have very good support team who is very helpful. They will help you with every aspect of getting the deployment done.One of the most valuable features is its similarity to the physical app, which makes it familiar. It's almost identical to a real NetApp, which means you can run all of the associated NetApp processes and services with it. Otherwise, we would definitely have to deploy some hardware on a site somewhere, which could be a challenge in terms of CapEx.We are definitely in the process of reducing our footprint on our secondary data center and all those snapshots technically reduce tape backup. That's from the protection perspective, but as far as files, it's much easier to use and manage and it's faster, too.

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The entirety of the infrastructure resides in the same product, which makes it easy to troubleshoot and investigate problems.Nutanix does a superb job with technical support.The ease of deployment is very good.The product is easy to manage.One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.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.Everything is core centralized on the UI.

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We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodesIt 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.VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending.The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.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 most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.

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Cons
We are getting a warning alert about not being able to connect to Cloud Manager when we log into it. The support has provided links, but this particular issue is not fixed yet.When it comes to a critical or a read-write-intensive application, it doesn't provide the performance that some applications require, especially for SAP. The SAP HANA database has a write-latency of less than 2 milliseconds and the CVO solution does not fit there. It could be used for other databases, where the requirements are not so demanding, especially when it comes to write-latency.I would like to see more aggressive management of the aggregate space. On the Cloud Volumes ONTAP that we use for offsite backup copies, most of the data sits in S3. There are also the EBS volumes on the Cloud Volumes ONTAP itself. Sometimes what happens is that the aggregate size just stays the same. If it allocates 8 terabytes initially, it just stays at 8 terabytes for a long time, even though we're only using 20 percent of that 8 terabytes. NetApp could undersize that more aggressively.I would like NetApp to come up with an easier setup for the solution.The automated deployment was a bit complex using the public APIs. When we had to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP on a regular basis using automation, It could be a bit of a challenge.We want to be able to add more than six disks in aggregate, but there is a limit of the number of disks in aggregate. In GCP, they provide less by limiting the sixth disk in aggregate. In Azure, the same solution provides 12 disks in an aggregate versus GCP where it is just half that amount. They should bump up the disk in aggregate requirement so we don't have to migrate the aggregate from one to another when the capacities are full.There is room for improvement with the capacity. There's a very hard limit to how many disks you can have and how much space you can have. That is something they should work to fix, because it's limiting. Right now, the limit is about 360 terabytes or 36 disks.I think the challenge now is more in terms of keeping an air gap. The notion that it is in the cloud, easy to break, etc. The challenge now is mostly about the air gap and how we can protect that in the cloud.

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It worked well in the beginning but after using it for some time, we found some limitations in terms of compatibility with other software.It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others.The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive.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.Some clients find the solution's cost to be too high.There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.Pricing and varieties of options could be better.Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators.

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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.Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.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.This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.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.I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.It is an expensive solution.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
If a customer is only using, say, less than 10 terabytes, I don't think CVO would be a good option. A customer using at least 100 or 200 terabytes should get a reasonable price from NetApp.Once we deploy the pay as you go model, we cannot convert this product as a BYOL model. This is a concern that we have.They have a very good price which keeps our customers happy.They give us a good price for CVO licenses. It is one of the reasons that we went with the product.For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA.Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.Cost is a big factor, because a lot of companies can't afford enterprise grade equipment all the time. They skimp where they can. I would recommend that they improve the cost.Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying to optimize the costs.

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We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix.I think it's cheaper than VMware in terms of cost.Our licensing fee on the total setup up was about R900 000.Pricing varies greatly between license and editions.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.There are a lot of features included with Nutanix that cost a lot with other companies.Their technical support is really good. They have been very helpful.

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ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.I'd love for this product to be cheaper.The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing.What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing.

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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 what we do.
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, then you'll just have a little dock of ONTAP that will do your NFS and CIFS.
Top Answer: The biggest difference is the ability to scale compute and storage independently. NetApp can scale up the storage without the need for extra CPU (and hence VMware licenses for ESX). Nutanix does have… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: For me is the better solutions to consolidate the Data Center
Top Answer: Quite simply, VxRail is a vSAN appliance. It's a Dell based server node fully integrated with a pre-loaded VMware vSphere and vSAN software stack. Since it's integrated, the hardware is optimized to… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
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ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVONutanix AOSvSAN
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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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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
437,168 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 26 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis is rated 8.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis 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 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 vs. VMware vSAN report.

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