Nutanix vs. SimpliVity

Nutanix is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 40 reviews vs SimpliVity which is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 50 reviews. The top reviewer of Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". The top reviewer of SimpliVity writes "Having a private cloud for my organization is valuable". Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, SimpliVity and VxRail. SimpliVity is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN and VxRail. See our Nutanix vs. SimpliVity report.
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Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.The level of statistical performance data that it can confirm in real-time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing from a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent.SRM capabilities for replication have been proven reliable and very useful for our organization.It has seamless expandability.Their Google operating system is more mature, so their results are much better.Prism Central allows managing the cluster from a single pane of glass, and it allows a deeper dive into the solution.They have one of the best technical supports in my experience.Simplified management: It provides us more time to work on other tasks.

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Dedupe, compression, and replication of primary and secondary data, locally and remotely.It has a proven track record of stability.Valuable features include ease of use, disaster recovery, and reliability.Offsite backup, replication, and duplication of data are important for our plant environment since we are hard on our equipment.Its deduplication and backup functions are reliable.The ease of setting up our DR site with SimpliVity. It was very simple. I did not have to set up a separate storage, server, and networking environments.SimpliVity has provided our organization with a cost effective DR/data protection solution.The backup and recovery is very fast, effective, and easy to use.

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There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.Regarding third-party backup solutions, the only agentless option is Commvault, which is expensive, complex, and requires intensive vendor training.We would like to see it support other systems outside of the compute stack from which it was built.They should support more VM, which is not currently supported.I would like better integration of XenServer into the AOS and Prism Central.Make it easier to manage.Reduce its power consumption.Native File-Services are under heavy development and Container Services just came out.

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Needs decoupling of distributed data fabric to run in a hyperscale deployment outside the hypervisor on dedicated nodes.We should have something called micro segmentation inside the SimpliVity box, which can be easily implemented.Bandwidth throttling during offsite backups would be better than the off-peak time setting for a 24/7 shop.High availability for large production environments needs to be offered.I would love it if the solution would auto data balance within the cluster. It is possible, and eventually, it will be likely that certain nodes within the same cluster will hold more data than the other nodes.SimpliVity needs to improve the support for native backups, like SQL and Exchange.File level restores work well, but indexing will help make the process faster.SimpliVity needs to add support for Hyper-V and KVM.

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I don't feel that I am receiving the performance which I am paying for.Work close with your InfraTeam and discuss with Nutanix the best way to achieve sizing and price that are right for you.Licensing depends on the features needed.Extra features should not be so expensive. We would love to be able to use or even just try some of the extra features without having to buy them. Buying those features is just as expensive as buying vSphere licenses, so the cost savings is nullified.Setup cost is minor, pricing is quite a bit (we have a 7-node-cluster for about 450K EUR with 2 vGPU-nodes for Citrix) but that includes hardware, software, and support.While cost may seem higher than your traditional 3-tier architecture, you need to look at the bigger picture. You're not just buying hardware here. You're buying a complete environment.I know Nutanix and VxRail have similar prices and licenses. Nutanix is a go-ahead if AHV is used as hypervisor because it is already embedded in the price.The basic license that comes with the box allows basic virtualization features but advanced automation features would require an upgrade of licenses.

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Upfront costs seems high at first look, but after analyzing all the benefits of SimpliVity, we have come out ahead.It has helped to reduce our VMware licensing costs due to host consolidation.HPE has decided to sell the solution in all-flash configurations, which may not be as cost effective for smaller mid-market enterprises.​Investing less time in configuration and management means that you will have more time to focus on what is really important: Your company's innovation and rapid commercialization.​For most use cases, look to see if you can use all-flash as the price point, as it has come down significantly.It seemed like it was expensive at first. Now that I have had it installed for a period of time, I think I got a great deal.​Cost is a factor. It is quite expensive.Other vendors fall short on price compared to HPE on this product.

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Rhea Rapps
reviewer543450Real User

in my position as Head of It I have looked and compared both solutions about 3-4 years ago for the first time, and we clearly went for Simplivity. For these reasons: Data efficiency (Dedupliation and compression), and resiliency. The file System of Nutanix wasn't able to handle a 2-drive failure, so this was a clear showstopper for us. Simplivity can handle even 3! And Nutanix was also lacking a real deduplication, like Simplivity has
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My experience with Simplivity has been great, so positive that we moved all of our server infrastructure into it. The accelerator card with deduplication reduces IOs, and this simple thing pays off in many aspects: improved general performance (because of less IOs), faster restores and backups (because of dedup) - so fast that we are NOT using our traditional backup solution (market leader) for ANY restore anymore, because it is so slow in comparison! Integration in Vmware virtual center, so there is basically nothing to learn to manage Simplivity. Deduplication allowed us to squeeze the content of our SAN at that time into a 'smaller' Storage in terms of TB, and to grow 3 years on it without reaching its limits.
We scaled up and added new nodes last year, and are going to get new ones now, as our company has grown and the server infrastructure accordingly.

I had a look a Nutanix again last summer, and will do again next month. My impression: great vision, especially because of the own hypervisor. This is interesting to me because it could potentially save licences costs in the long run by removing Vmware. And I said in the long run: it was still a 'concept' last year at Nutanix. Some important features were on the roadmap, but not yet there. Then it has to be carefully evaluated, if this hypervisor really can be a substitute for Vmware, market leader since more than a decade. I guess it will need a few years. It is a great vision, but still lacks execution.

The greatest downside I saw was the weakness of the deduplication in Nutanix. Dedup is modest in terms of ratio which may be reached (the vendor did not dare to name anything better than 2:1 to me, which is a very modest result in comparison to Simplivity. I was also explained, that dedup or compressions are features which needs to be enabled at the datastore level, and which could eventually limit performance. In other words: you have a set of features/policies which you may enable there, but you should not enable them all on each datastore. This sounds limiting to me, when I think that it’s exactly having dedup and compression in place at all time anywhere on simplivity which reduces IOs and makes the solution great and fast in moving, copying, restoring data.

I would really look at the use case: if you are starting from scratch, and do not care about which hypervisor you want to use, or do not need the benefits of vmware, then Nutanix might be interesting. In that case I would compare the total costs of hardware and software including the hypervisor licenses and also considering the costs of backup/restore given the functionality Nutanix offers vs Simplivity.
If you are an existing Vmware shop, which is probably true for most companies these days, and/or want to consolidate your datacentre, to me the choice is clear: Simplivity. I still did not find any reason to prefer Nutanix and am really surprised, how widespread Nutanix is while lacking such key features.

Regards

Matteo

15 February 18
Gunther DespiegheleirUser

We went for Nutanix. ( and we don’t regret it )

There is not one difference that made us go for Nutanix , there were several actually.

I’ll resume the 10 main differentiators for us to go for Nutanix :

1. Great support from Nutanix ( we read about it and experienced it later on), we use Nutanix hardware (supermicro) and hence one single point who deals with any issue ( hardware or software).
2. Constant upgrades and improvements, the roadmap they shared with us ( under NDA at that time ) , they followed true …
3. Easy A-sync DR (via protection domains ) and Metro replication included in the ultimate version (so no catch in tooling nor licenses nor per TB charge).
4. The freedom of choice in hypervisors and hardware ( so not an immediate vendor lock-in, one can still use VMware ESX for instance, although we will move to the native AHV as it has become mature enough and it’s free ) I would not recommend Hyper-v though , it works but hyper-v has its quirks when it comes to taking ownership of the storage.
5. The ease of upgrades, one-click upgrades … even when one uses ESXi as hypervisor then your esx bin/patches also can be included in a rolling upgrade.
6. The choices in Redundancy ( single node, dual node ( since AOS 5.5) , RF2 in three node config and RF3 in 5 node config.
7. Fully REST-API exposed, so not just some API calls but a full lib. set.
8. Self-healing ( ie a CVM will be removed from ring without admin need and preserve your RF factor )
9. The distributed nature of prism and the prims central features.
10. Most importantly: It works …and it works fast … (we did a bunch of tests during our PoC )

I can go on for a while ( also on price ie CAPEX versus 5yr TCO) but for people who are interested I’ve made a comparison sheet with capabilities which one can weigh ( because what is important for one company may not be important for an another obviously), the capabilities are still from the year 2015 so they have to be extended/reviewed on that sheet, but happy to share if people are interested in trying to make an objective decision.

Since 2015 ( when we started looking at mature HCi vendors/solutions ) we hoped that HPE Simplivity would have been further along (catching up) , but it doesn’t seem to be the case (yet), one can still see the remnants of their origins in the backup world, the fact that one still has to balance a cluster manually makes no sense … ( I hope they fixed it by now)

15 February 18
Benjamin BodenheimReal User

The basic differences

Simplivity
relies on it's it's custom Dedupe-Card and ALL written data has to pass through it, when I checked it out last year it was 2-3 years old
They are built like tanks using RAID 10 and 50
Max 32 nodes per cluster

Nutanix
Does not use RAID
Uses off the shelf components
Depudes data after it's written
Unlimited nodes per cluster

The questions and considerations are
more servers VS bigger servers (OS pricing)
where / when your bottle neck will occur
Be wary of Dedupe it all depends of what your data is, My data dupe level is low.
Both will depude OS well and can really help with the size of HDs

15 February 18
Abhilash ChandranUser

Simplivity and Nutanix both are very mature HCI solutions, but if I had to choose a solution, I would go with Nutanix because of the flexibility it offers to meet different requirements. Nutanix could be All Flash or Hybrid solution. Compatibility with different Hypervisors (VMware, Hyper-V, AHV) offers no dependency on one hypervisor vendor. Also the migration from one hypervisor to another is seamless. AHV which is bundled with the Nutanix is also a good alternative to VMware, but the features like Micro segmentation comes with Acropolis Ultimate version only.
An advantage which I see in Simplivity is the accelerator card which offload storage functions from the CPU and hence the higher consolidation ratio could be achieved.

15 February 18
Shailesh SurroopReal User

Both Nutanix and Simplivity are great solutions for the modern IT infrastructure.

Advantages of Nutanix over Simplivity are; choice of hardware to run Nutanix, choice of hypervisor (supports Hyper-V, Xenserver, AHV and VMware), Prism management console is pure pleasure to any IT operations team, Nutanix support is top draw, Nutanix Metro provides unparalleled protection and allows box to box replication.

As with Simplivity, the installation is extremely complex and supports only VMware which automatically adds up to the TCO of the solution. This gets very pricey in the long run.

We run Nutanix on CISCO UCS since September 2017 and everyone is so pleased with it.

15 February 18
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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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HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

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