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There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in.
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.
Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.
Single click actions is definitely the most important. They were not even aware that they wanted this.
Being hyperconverged, it simplifies what equipment we have to buy.
I like that we could choose whatever hardware we wanted, rather than having to use one particular vendor.
It's very scalable. I like that. Adding a node is easy. Adding a disk group is easy.
The most valuable features are ease of deployment, and ease of management. If you compare it to other software-defined storage products, it's much easier. It's a checkbox. It's lot easier to manage.
I like vSAN because they release features incrementally, every year, and you don't have to upgrade your hardware to get those features. If you bought a traditional SAN, you would have to upgrade your hardware constantly, every three years: You would get it, and it is how it is for three years. But on vSAN, you upgrade when you have to, when your hardware gets old or when you need more capacity. It's great, you get new features constantly.
The performance has exceeded our expectations and exceeded our traditional converged infrastructure.
The valuable features are its scalability and the standardization - one size fits all. It's also intuitive and easy to use because one size fits all. Obviously, it scales out, but it's the same solution at every physical location I manage.
The most valuable features are its price point and that you can use existing storage; no specific storage requirements are needed.
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.
There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.
Native File-Services are under heavy development and Container Services just came out.
Nutanix now supports four hypervisors but they are not all at feature parity.
I'd like to see better integration with the Update Manager, with respect to firmware updates for hardware.
External storage would be a good thing to have in the next release, something other than iSCZI, something a little more, not HA, a little more production-oriented, than iSCZI.
I would like to see some of the more traditional SAN functions that are out the now. I can list them: being able to Snapshot on the back-end, better de-dupe, and better compression. Those are the major ones.
I would like to see more comprehensive lifecycle management. The current path and process for upgrading or updating the firmware, as well as the storage controller software to interact with that firmware, is fairly manual and not very well documented. A little more time and effort spent on the documentation of the lifecycle management for vSan would be really great.
Perhaps they could provide encryption without having to use an encryption manager.
It doesn't seem like it gives the performance that an actual SAN would give for heavy IOPS, read/writes.
We would really like them to look at what Nutanix did for day-one/day-two operations deployment: Bringing in the equipment, getting it deployed, getting it setup, and ease of use of one-click for deploying our 30-node solution. With vSAN we had to go into each one individually and set it up.
I would like to be able to limit IOPS.
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.
What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing.
We have increased our user productivity.
I would like to see this technology be made available to smaller businesses, who might benefit from high availability but struggle with the entry fee.
Perhaps a bundle, like Essentials, would allow more businesses to make the leap to the product.
Basically, vSAN is a license in addition to that of the classic VMware Vsphere, which is also mandatory.
Its reasonable, compare with other storage vendors
The first 1-2 years of purchasing vSAN will be expensive. Thereafter, the longer you are running it, the more cost savings you will have.
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