Most Helpful Review
Researched Nutanix Acropolis but chose VMware vSphere: It is a fast, responsive solution that is easy to use
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running."
"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."
"The ability of a running VM to be quickly relocated to another hypervisor or launched at another site via replicated storage greatly reduces downtime."
"The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution."
"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."
"It has allowed us to be more resilient to infrastructure and hardware failure, reduced hardware costs, and decreased recovery time from failures."
"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."
"Production people can quickly reboot the server with ESXi Quick Boot."
"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."
"Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client."
"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."
"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."
"I would like to see better fault and performance reporting in the GUI."
"I would like to see VMware vSphere provide a centralized patch service on the VMware level, regardless of your operating systems."
"Reducing the cost of vSphere would be an improvement."
"It would be great if the free version included a management tool that was a scaled-down vCenter Manager."
"I would like more Amazon stuff inside of VMware."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."
"VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."
"You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper."
"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."
"The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses."
"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."
"The licensing fees are on a yearly basis."
Answers from the Community
Questions from the Community
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: 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:… more »
Top Answer: For me the biggest impact is the cost of licensing in the case of VMware despite its overall intuitiveness and ease of handling and management. However, KVM-based Open Source solutions are becoming… more »
Top Answer: This is just an off the cuff quick response and not a well researched documented and referenced design. It is, however, a conclusion after time spent in making some choices on stacks with the intent… more »
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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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