Nutanix Acropolis vs. vSphere

Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 2 reviews vs vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 83 reviews. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis writes "Enables us to easily mix performance nodes with storage nodes". The top reviewer of vSphere writes "Putting some VMware ESX storage tips together". Nutanix Acropolis is most compared with vSphere, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE and Hyper-V. See our Nutanix Acropolis vs. vSphere report.
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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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As an end-user, I would say it has allowed us to have the flexibility of moving around our workloads on different machines, and not having to worry if anything is down.The ability to to virtualize systems and run those virtual workloads with a fewer number of servers is tremendous.I like the capability of logging into one system, then being able to shift over to another system within that single pane of glass.The scalability of the solution is good. You can scale up to maximum levels.The DRS feature of this solution is a very valuable feature.We have seen a tremendous performance boost. From when we started this VMware engagement in 2016 until now, we have seen around a 70 percent performance boost. This is a good number.The built-in encryption of vSphere really helps us to secure our customers, especially customers in the medical field who need to be HIPAA compliant. Being able to encrypt the VM itself helps out a ton.You see more responsiveness, especially now with having the HTML5 client. It feels like a much snappier product.

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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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In addition, I think some of the backup features or the prediction features can be improved.The one area where I would love to see an improvement is the HTML5 client. It's great, but it could get better.In addition, I think they should come up with a backup feature which is more product enrichment-based. It should be a full-fledged backup solution. It just is not there right now.From my point of view, my advice is to design the solution properly the first time.There is still room for improvement with the HTML5 Web Client. They are working on it, as I can see on their blog. However, there is still room for improvement in the newer features that they can push into it.The biggest issue with stability is the SSO. That is still an issue as far as integrating it with Active Directory, and any large scale of it.The biggest thing to improve is to have more self-service in the portals. I would like to receive more help through the web interface.It is expensive.

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The price is good but I think there is still room for improvement on the price.

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I think the cost should be reconsidered. VMware is not the cheapest solution out there, despite the fact that it may be one of the best.I did a comparison between physical server to virtual. There was a point in time where we would size out a virtual server to be a massive size, then we'd buy a physical server of the equivalence. We saved somewhere around 20 percent going virtual, as opposed to the physical equivalent.The pricing is justified. It may be a bit high, but the features are worth it.The pricing is competitive.In the past six months, we have saved around 110TBs of storage, which is almost equivalent to $200,000 USD. That is a huge savings.vSphere is an expensive solution.VSphere is an expensive solution.In today's market, agility is the new currency. Without virtualization, and vSphere in particular, we wouldn't have the level of agility in the business that we have today.

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Also Known As
vSphere 6, vSOM, vCenter Server, VMware ESXi

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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Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise46%
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise44%
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