Compare Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSphere

Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews while VMware vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 84 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis is rated 8.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis writes "Energy consumption has been saved by around 30% to 40% and the number of IOPS have increased". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Nutanix Acropolis is most compared with VMware vSphere, KVM and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. See our Nutanix Acropolis vs. VMware vSphere report.
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The configuration is easy, and it's flexible.The cloud features in-site offering, which I found to be very interesting.We are suggesting Nutanix to the management because of scalability and time efficiency.The management interface of this solution is great.The most valuable features are its ease of use and its good performance.I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable.It consolidates our servers, and improves our electricity consumption and cooling as well.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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We are able to create virtual machines and move them from one host to another, controlling the resources.The most valuable feature is its ability to revert to previous snapshots during testing of various guest and application deployments.It helps to automate the data replication and DR (disaster recovery).Using vSphere we have virtualized over one thousand servers and this gave us management, cost and datacenter space advantages.The features in VMware vSphere data recovery are excellent. Sometimes I've deleted an entire server before and was able to recover the deleted VM. I just used some command line tools and I was able to restore the deleted VM.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.

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In terms of the IT different categories, I would like for the governing sections to be able to use it in the IT department. If they can have something like a one view management portal or software similar to VMware that would be an added value.There could be better support for high power ESX and other cross platform applications.The storage and back-up facilities could be improved. We need day-to-day encrypting of the database.I would have liked it if Nutanix were a hardware as well as a software platform.The product could be improved with more security. The product needs a bit more experience in the market. I think you don't have the possibility to add other hardware. It could be improved with the ability to add and extend.One thing I've noticed is that, when you do a shift from VMware to Nutanix, it opens the setup of the VM that's currently running. If people from another site double click on it, it opens the VM instead of the setup of the unit. So I would suggest that this could perhaps be switched. That is so far the only change I would like. I would like it if they could fix the instance where you double click on a VM and it opens the VM instead of the setup. That's the only thing that's a major bother to me.The GUI for this solution needs improvement.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.

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Generally, the user interface needs to be improved for non-technical people.Two improvements that I would like to see are higher resolution console modes for guests and easier switching between consoles.I feel that the scalability of the solution should be improved.Although vSphere is a nearly perfect product, it does need a little improvement. Datacenter and Cluster structure should be mixed so that the management of clusters would be easier.We want to see improvement from VMware with security. We want minimal downtime. We want automation. We want to deploy more efficiently.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.

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I think it's cheaper than VMware in terms of cost.Our licensing fee on the total setup up was about R900 000.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 licensing fees are on a yearly basis.VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm.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.

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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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AT&T, Beedie, AccorHotels, Airbus, BAE SystemsAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer10%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Healthcare Company9%
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise35%
Large Enterprise19%
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