Most Helpful Review
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
It has solid performance and provides data locality.
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.
The component integration means I don't have to worry about technology mismatches.
Finding a fully bundled, deployed, and configured solution with a short delivery time and unique support is really attractive.
Some of the key features are the ease of operation and access, without constraining actions. The tool is available to actually move things around, do things quickly quickly.
We have seen measurable increases in our system performance. Those increases have been directly measurable in application performance and the delivery of critical business information to our users.
The XtremIO All-Flash array delivers performance, reliability, and deduplication.
It has improved system performance, batch times for off-hours processing, and reliability with production applications.
The high redundancy of components has minimized frequent service degradation/failure.
Access to VMs is now faster due to the centralized management console.
I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.
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.
The integration with other vendors' products needs to be looked at. It's not as flexible as we would like it to be.
While most public clouds are deployed on Linux, there is current no certified Vblock working on KVM hypervisors.
I would like to see them improve their switching infrastructure and rely on Cisco configurations. They are a bit more complex and technical, but result in a slightly reduced cost in terms of switching on the network side of it.
Tighter alignment could simplify and speed up the configuration and delivery process.
Improve the patching process and timeliness of updates/releases.
It needs more customer/client involvement in back-end management.
RCM upgrades were not scripted, and you needed to roll on your own. We were led to believe this would be otherwise.
VCE tools, like Vision or AMP were not stand alone, and depended too much on other management consoles.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
I think the pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum. There could be some adjustments that could be made there. Regarding licensing, watch compatibility with external products that you run on Vblock. It has got to be properly architected, otherwise, you will run into licensing issues.
It is not cheap.
Vblock appears from the first while to be very expensive. There are more items you cannot see in the BOQ: customer service, support, delivery short time, and highly experienced VCE engineers.
I would not say the pricing is not good value. It is still on the expensive side, near the top-end of cost compared to what's available now. Also, the licensing has to be improved. There has to be a clear definition of the licensing from the initial set-up so the customer knows what they are paying for, without being hit later on with extra licensing. The licensing definitions should be clearer and, perhaps, have one set of licenses rather than multiple licenses.
Related to tech support: I believe it is too expensive.
Strive for a consolidated ELA.
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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.
For more information visit: www.nutanix.com.
VCE Vblock Systems is an all-in-one virtualization platform that integrates the leading storage, network, and compute technologies from the likes of EMC, VMware and Cisco. VCE Vblock allows organizations to easily and securely deploy cloud computing and virtualization in their environments, supporting these multiple technologies and providing flexibility and agility for changing business needs.
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