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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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The initial setup was not complex.The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail. This makes all files act as a single file with a large and huge resource, and, of course, with customized administration, configuration, and resources. It provides automatic failover for redundancy and data recovery.VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor.This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware.The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented.The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware.The update process is very convenient.The stability is very good. We haven't had any issues at all. There aren't bugs or glitches. There aren't system crashes or anything of that nature.

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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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A more containerized approach in regards to the interface would be better.If they can provide deduplication compression through the traditional hard drives, as Cisco does in the HyperFlex system, it will be very cost-effective, especially when it comes to archiving workload. VxRail doesn't allow the mixing of old flash clusters and hyper clusters. When I'm starting with an old flash cluster and it comes to archiving workload, I will also need to attend the new cluster. So, I either manage two different clusters, or I pay and upload my work with the archiving mobile hard drive, which is not cost-effective at all. The main key is to allow mixing between two types of clustering, like Nutanix, or allow deduplication of completion over the period of shared hard drive on SAV. It will be much better.There is a limitation on the number of nodes.Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems.Pricing could be improved.The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model.The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there.It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM.

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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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It's a mandatory cost with everything includedVxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor.It is just as cheap to move over to an HCI solution as it is to maintain a legacy system.A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door.The real ROI is the benefit of being able to do a true hybrid cloud, not having to move from CAPEX to OPEX in a pure break.There is an administrative cost savings. Instead of having seven to 15 separate boxes that someone has to administer on 15 different terminals, you can do the majority of it from one interface. Therefore, it saves on manpower costs.We were expecting Dell EMC to bring us something that would work very quickly and easily, but also be at a reasonable price point, and they did.The price point needs improvement, certainly for smaller SMBs. The cost of it is still quite painful. I think all vendors should do a product which is capped either by terabytes, IOPs, or VM instances. It should be an SMB solution that's going to make hyper-converged solutions easier for SMBs to get hold of. It's fine for those big guys that have billions of dollars of budget, but not for customers who have barely a 100,000 dollars or pounds in budget.

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author avatarBobWhitcombe
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While both systems do a very good job within the nodal limits for scaling a compute environment - it is the networking layer that has the most impact on GPU sharing across a cluster.  From a practical perspective, VxRail nodes will typically offer a discount over native Nutanix nodes.  With Nutanix you also need servers, disk, networking and GPU's.  VxRail will be more integrated with sized nodes, Dell, Cisco or other networking and often the VSphere 7 licenses can be integrated - achieving a lower net cost.  


Testing for optimizations on either VSAN or Nutanix to see which favors a vGPU system would be something I would like to see quantified.  My guess is they are network constrained and differences between VxRail and a build your own Nutanix environment will be negligible for the same network.  Would be good to confirm if there is an optimal point - say 40Gbps vs 10Gbps or 100Gbps for the inter-GPU message passing.

author avatarsystemen519357 (System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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"Nutanix node you will be running vSphere on top on the underlining Nutanix software" This description is incorrect. 


There is no "layer" between the hardware and the OS which is ESXI hypervisor on both cases.

author avatarUnitManae381 (Unit Manager & Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Best option for vSphere 7 is the VxRail as it designed on VMware technology and built in integrates with vSphere, on a Nutanix node you will be running vSphere on top on the underlining Nutanix software. 

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: 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: The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools.
Top Answer: Having a native replication would be an improvement.
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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.

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VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Nutanix Acropolis is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 26 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 20 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis is rated 8.6, while VxRail is rated 8.8. 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 VxRail writes "Dual power capabilities take up a quarter of the energy than we were using before which equals savings every month". Nutanix Acropolis is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VMware vSphere and NetApp HCI, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Dell EMC PowerFlex and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Nutanix Acropolis vs. VxRail report.

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