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"The interface is very good, and quite user-friendly.""Nutanix is good for new implementations on the VM side. It's very good for disaster recovery and final storage.""In terms of features, Acropolis is a good virtualization manager and that it is on-premise. I use almost every technology they provide.""The most valuable feature is the integration between storage and compute services.""Nutanix AHV is very scalable. It can go to unlimited nodes.""It has a vs switch for the people who know Linux, in case it's easier for them to use AHV than it is to use VMware.""This solution is very stable and it has been running for the last three months, with no issues.""Simplicity is the most valuable feature."

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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.""It is highly scalable. We can add new hardware and expand the infrastructure easily.""It is highly scalable. We need to scale out and up, and we can do that with vSphere. We can easily add more storage, drives, or memory.""It has high clustering and availability features. These features are not found with other hypervisors.""We saved a lot of time and hardware with this solution. It also prevents fewer incidents.""It is fairly easy to use and has enhanced security.""It is a powerful solution that enables us to take a snapshot and clone any version of machine.""Gathering all of the hosts together to create one single pool across the enterprise is a terrific feature."

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"The technical support for this solution needs to be improved in terms of response time.""The solution should work to improve its stability.""Lacks integration with the cloud or other solutions.""In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for containerization.""There is no web interface for AHV.""There is no web interface with AHV.""In terms of improvement, I think that they could have more partnerships with providers.""When we need to share, publish, or encrypt something, we still need to perform it using the command line."

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"In addition, I think some of the backup features or the prediction features can be improved.""The management of the product demonstration is weak.""We stopped using a lot of cloud services. However, I see that VMware has integrated with Amazon Cloud. We will now to have to move everything to the cloud.""I would like to see VMware head towards a more GPU friendly environment.""I would like to see more software as a service solutions.""The technical support is poor. We are in Australia, but we do not have the same level of support as the US and Europe.""This solution should have a better backup policy. Furthermore, there should be an ability to expose the universal machine. In the current version, you need to shutdown and use an offline virtual machine to backup.""It needs to integrate better between multiple modules."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is no licensing fee.""AHV is free, it's an open-source solution.""Some of the features required additional licenses.""We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix."

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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.""VMware licensing and pricing are a bit more expensive compared to others, like Hyper-V. However, you get what you pay for.""The pricing is a little expensive. The licensing is a bit complex.""The price is high. It would be nice if VMware made a price reduction.""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.""The pricing is a bit complex.""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 licensing fees are on a yearly basis."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Simplicity is the most valuable feature.
Top Answer: Some of the features required additional licenses.
Top Answer: There are some activities that need to be done by the GUI, but can't. The users should not be aware of this, only the engineers who are involved with the move of the system, sharing or… 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: Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures. We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the… 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 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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JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC VolkswagenAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix AHV vs. VMware vSphere and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Nutanix AHV is ranked 9th in Server Virtualization Software with 11 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 43 reviews. Nutanix AHV is rated 8.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix AHV writes "User-friendly interface and no licensing fees, but technical support needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "Makes Resources Available & Services More Reliable". Nutanix AHV is most compared with Proxmox VE, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and RHEV, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with KVM, Proxmox VE, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Oracle VM and VMware Workstation. See our Nutanix AHV vs. VMware vSphere report.

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