Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSphere

As of March 2019, Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 3 reviews vs VMware vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 90 reviews. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis writes "Energy consumption has been saved by around 30% to 40% and the number of IOPS have increased". The top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Putting some VMware ESX storage tips together". Nutanix Acropolis is most compared with VMware vSphere, KVM and Proxmox VE. VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. See our Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSphere report.
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4,568 views|4,016 comparisons
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Mats Hagberg Olsson
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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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The most valuable features for me are a very easily scalable infrastructure. I can have a couple of hosts to do basic workloads. I can have a lot of hosts to do a lot of workloads. vSAN integrates my storage so I don't need an external storage SAN. I love having everything integrated in the same UI. The new HTML5 interface doesn't require any plugins anymore and it's super-fast.Since we have an internal cloud, suddenly people may require 1000 or 2000 VMS in something. We have options to analyze and make sure we have enough scalability.Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot.We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.Gathering all of the hosts together to create one single pool across the enterprise is a terrific feature.It is a powerful solution that enables us to take a snapshot and clone any version of machine.It has high clustering and availability features. These features are not found with other hypervisors.We saved a lot of time and hardware with this solution. It also prevents fewer incidents.

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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.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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An improvement could be allowing a "dark mode" for the interface. I think the HTML5 client is a little bit hard to read. It's all white. It's a little bit bright on the eyes. A lot of us IT guys view in the dark.We previously had a hard time using tech support.I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware.Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.It needs to integrate better between multiple modules.This solution should have a better backup policy. Furthermore, there should be an ability to expose the universal machine. In the current version, you need to shutdown and use an offline virtual machine to backup.I would like to see VMware head towards a more GPU friendly environment.I would like to see more software as a service solutions.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Their technical support is really good. They have been very helpful.The price is good but I think there is still room for improvement on the price.

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The price is high, but you get back a lot.Our ROI is good.There is an average performance boost, especially if you use VM encryption inside the VMware with another product, like McAfee. You will see great improvement in these cases.VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.The pricing is a bit complex.It is expensive. Other solutions on the market are free. We had to plan with VMware how many hosts that we needed in order to determine the price.The pricing is a little expensive. The licensing is a bit complex.The price is high. It would be nice if VMware made a price reduction.

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4,568
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4,016
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3
Followers
140
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105,660
Comparisons
45,823
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90
Followers
1,451
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8.8
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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 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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Sample Customers
AT&T, Beedie, AccorHotels, Airbus, BAE SystemsAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
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REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer10%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Healthcare Company10%
Insurance Company6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: March 2019.
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