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"The most valuable feature is manageability.""Nutanix AHV is very scalable. It can go to unlimited nodes.""The entirety of the infrastructure resides in the same product, which makes it easy to troubleshoot and investigate problems.""The solution is user-friendly and provides good virtual machine backups. The user interface gets updated when there is a new release.""For our markets here in Morocco, we are mainly working with server virtualization, and the most valuable feature is the software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure.""This solution is very stable and it has been running for the last three months, with no issues.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is that you don't need to pay for it, it's free, as opposed to paying for a VMware license.""It is the simple non-consideration we get with this product that's great. It just works."

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"VMware vSphere is a stable platform. We never had any issues with VMware vSphere. Once you deploy it with a stable version of the server or the hardware, there's no issue at all.""VMware vSphere is the best private-cloud solution.""The solution is very scalable.""VMware vSphere has very good applications and services.""The stability of the solution is excellent.""It is very easy to use and very stable.""An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services, the operation of the instances between clustered services, and providing the projected SLA for our customers.""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."

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"Lacks integration with the cloud or other solutions.""There is no web interface with AHV.""If you have the need for special hardware like FibreChannel-Cards or such and there is no networked-way around it (such as you could work with USB Dongles via an HW-Dongle-Server of network), you have to use a separate hypervisor.""The management console needs to improve to make it easier for administrators. For example, to be able to reorganize our VMs, folders, and subfolders, similarly as it is provided in VMware. We can sort, manage, and organize VMs, folders, or subfolders in VMware.""In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for containerization.""In terms of improvement, I think that they could have more partnerships with providers.""My storage use is doubled; if I am creating a one TB virtual machine then my storage policy will take two TB from my cluster.""When we need to share, publish, or encrypt something, we still need to perform it using the command line."

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"It could be more scalable.""One of the areas creating a crash is when you are cloning.""The technical support could improve by being a little faster.""We would like to see the container-based operating system launched soon for this solution.""I think the pricing could be lower, and the technical support could be improved.""The installation is complex and you need to have a good understanding in regards to what you are doing when you are setting it up.""I would like to see VDP and other features included to back up the VMs in a native manner.""The cost could always be lower."

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"The price of the solution is fair and if you want support there are additional fees.""The price of the solution can always be lower. However, the price of the solution is reasonable.""Some of the features required additional licenses.""AHV is free, it's an open-source solution.""We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix."

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"Our customers incur a yearly licensing fee, one of three or five years, in fact.""It's a monthly subscription model.""The pricing is a little bit on the expensive side, and the licensing is on a yearly basis.""In my opinion, the price is not cheap, not it is expensive. It's average.""If I have three hosts, just three hosts, a minimum of three hosts plus the vSphere and Center, I'm almost spending close to $250,000 a year.""I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper.""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 license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: To understand which is better - Nutanix AHV or VMware vSphere - you need to do a product comparison. Both products support hypervisors. However, Nutanix supports some of the most popular ones and more… more »
Top Answer: For our markets here in Morocco, we are mainly working with server virtualization, and the most valuable feature is the software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure.
Top Answer: The price of the solution can always be lower. However, the price of the solution is reasonable.
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
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Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications.

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
JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC Volkswagen
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company7%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise17%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise46%
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise47%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix AHV vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,586 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nutanix AHV is ranked 7th in Server Virtualization Software with 12 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 108 reviews. Nutanix AHV is rated 9.0, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix AHV writes "Easy to set up with good stability and good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Nutanix AHV is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM, Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Citrix Hypervisor, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, KVM and RHEV. See our Nutanix AHV vs. VMware vSphere report.

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