Compare Nutanix vs. VMware vSAN

Nutanix is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 24 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 55 reviews. Nutanix is rated 8.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Nutanix writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity. See our Nutanix vs. VMware vSAN report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system.. It saves money in the long-run.The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX is that it is self-contained.Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the time to deliver a VM takes me five minutes. In comparison, my cloud team's response is a couple of days based on all their overhead policies, procedures, and ticket requests. This is substantial.The most valuable features of this solution are the connectivity, consistency, and that we now have fewer vulnerabilities on the network.The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center.The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization.The most valuable feature is that it is something small that can be more easily deployed than a full data center set of servers.

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Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.The fact that there is only one interface to deploy a complete solution for maximum storage is fantastic.Best features are around data locality, compression, and deduplication.The most valuable feature would be the ease of deployment. That is the most significant feature for me because I've worked with multiple vendors and it's always been very complicated to install the software and get everything running.It is a good solution and it is easy to work on their platform.It has solid performance and provides data locality.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.

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We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodesThe newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.I have used VMware for 15 years and I never had any problems with stability.vSAN provides default HA configurations, where if any host goes down, the VM moves around within the host. Even though the disks are local, the VMs moves around with the vSAN disk and vSAN provides a high availability on its own.

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I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other placeWe would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users.The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX platform was medium-level difficult. It's a little bit different from traditional servers. It takes getting used to the learning curve.Cisco's technical support originally was outstanding, but it has declined over the last 12 months. I've heard they're trying to do better, but I haven't been overly impressed with their support recently for HyperFlex.The additional feature I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more security. We want to add more data servers to all the hosts all over the world. We have 140 hosts that connect to one data center in Manila.The scalability could use improvement.The deployment could be made a little bit easier, as we still seem to struggle with it a little bit for a day or so to get it running.We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution.

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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.They have offered some new features that I have not deployed so I assume that these issues might have been addressed already, but, at my time there was a networking problem.We could always use a performance upgrade, or simplified management.If they can simplify the software slightly for the installation, that would make all the difference.If we can have certified compatibility with other companies, such as Oracle, then it would let us know that they function correctly together.I would like to see a fuller integration with the public cloud. It would help the user enter the hybrid cloud infrastructure.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.

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When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there.Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.It is an expensive solution.The vSan product uses a software system called Vsphere to monitor the system. It is sometimes difficult to manage the PCs within the systems.There is a room for improvement on the latest version of compatibility with the VMware product, especially for vSAN and with other vendors on their motherboards and driver configurations.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.One of the challenges we have with HyperFlex is that they have a subscription fee for the operating system that runs on it, and if I remember correctly, it costs approximately $15,000 USD per month.It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."

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Pricing varies greatly between license and editions.They should lower the price. If they did they would fall into a more competitive market because the price does scare a lot of potential customers away when they get the quote.There are a lot of features included with Nutanix that cost a lot with other companies.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.

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ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.I'd love for this product to be cheaper.The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing.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.

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Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
Bob WhitcombeReal User

I have written about this comparison before – the difference between Nutanix and VMware VSAN is like a Stanich Garage Grinder (Rated best burger in the US) vs getting a slab of Romaine Lettuce from California.

Nutanix is a full meal deal – Vmware VSAN is a single ingredient in a complex stew including VSphere, VCloud Director, vRealize Automation, vRealize Ops, NSX, Log Insight, Network Insight, CodeStream, Orchestrator and don’t forget – AirWatch. If you already have the meat and buns (VSphere, VCloud) and some vRealize condiments – you can add VSAN and make a decent burger. But it takes a lot of work, you have to juggle a lot of ingredients and each time you build a new cluster – it looks different. Or, I can order Nutanix, place it on a recommended HCI architecture from Dell, HPE or Cisco – and get a single pane of glass to securely manage and backup my environment.

Being from Oregon – I recall the many Garbage Grinders I had at Stanich’s and vividly recall the savory delight of the complex burger they put out.
I paid $5.95 for my first GG and you could probably save the $.95 by getting your own White box infrastructure – add VSAN as long as you already have licenses for the buns, meat and other condiments. Now if you have abundant time to put them all together and the attention to detail to manage everything you might get to keep your $.95 in savings. But you will some gaps, security and backup, and these days – that is not a savings – that is putting your customers at risk and your operations gaining a new Target like Identity. BTW – I no longer stay at the Marriott either.

06 December 18
Shu MookerjeeReal User

The BIGGEST difference is that vSAN only runs on the ESX Hypervisor. Whereas Nutanix runs on multiple Hypervisors including ESX, Hyper-V and their own Acropolis Hyper Visor (AHV).
The second main difference is the cost, as the Nutanix software boasts a much larger range of features included in the toolsuit. Where as with vSAN, a lot of the extraneous functionality can be taken up by other vmWare apps (vSphere, vCenter, etc...)
Finally, vSAN requires a minimum of two (2) nodes whereas Nutanix needs three (3).

06 December 18
Pat LaPointeUser

When we were looking at replacing our server infrastructure of 10 physical boxes and 5 VMs, I was thinking of going the traditional route of 2 large servers, a SAN and use VMware to run the servers. Then I decided to look at hyperconverged solutions. Looking at what was on the market we settled on a single Nutanix block with 3 nodes for the following reasons:

1. License cost of Nutanix’s AHV versus VMWare
2. Online training to support the hyperconverged environment, mostly free
3. Nutanix ‘FILES’ SAN/NAS solution saved me license cost
4. Single glass for managing both hardware and VM’s
5. Reduction in System Administrator workload
6. Seamless software upgrades (we were able to do them over lunch with no downtime)
7. Nutanix device takes up only 2u of rack space

06 December 18
DarrylHollingsworthReal User

In my opinion, the biggest difference between Nutanix and VMware vSAN is flexibility and choice.

vSAN requires the VMware Hypervisor. Nutanix allows you the flexibility to select the Hypervisor of your choice (fully supported). Namely:
AHV ( NUTANIX’s Free native KVM based Hypervisor)
Hyper-V (Microsoft’s Hypervisor)
ESXi ( VMware's Hypervisor)
XenServer ( CITRIX's Hypervisor)

In addition, to partnerships with each of the Vendors above, Nutanix also has built in support-integration with the leading Public Cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, and AZURE).
This integration allows you to easily build a out a Hybrid-Cloud environment as well...

07 December 18
JeffCaffeyUser

From a physical hardware perspective, both Nutanix and VMware vSAN have similar offerings. (There are "2U solutions" that support 4-nodes for vSAN as well.) My recommendation is to list the features you ACTUALLY NEED first, then compare your list against both products. If an obvious winner doesn't appear, then start comparing the remaining features of each product to your business goals.

07 December 18
Even BrendenUser

Quick answer:

The biggest difference between Nutanix and VMware vSAN is the ability to choose.

* With Nutanix you may choose type of Hypervisor (VMware, MS Hyper-V or AHV)
* Flexibility in growing with different node types is wider – CPU Nodes, Storage Nodes, Object based storage, block based and File based – all in one solution.
* A total of 12 different SW based solutions to help you automate and manage your “Cloud environments” whether is your own Cloud or some others Cloud (private or public).

Speed of deployment and less complexity is another difference.

As there are blueprints and API’s “ready to go” with Nutanix there is far more integration and consultancy hours to integrate a VMware based vSAN solution with more advanced functionality (NSXi +++).

Though Nutanix needs to use AHV Hypervisor to do their “magic” the functionality is fare more easy to deploy and manage over time with little consultancy cost. In a long term scenario this is where the big difference in “total cost” matters .

07 December 18
MBA Candidate and Consortium FellowUser

The biggest reason to go with vSAN is the easy of management, troubleshooting and learning curve/overhead. Nutanix can be complicated and complex.

07 December 18
Peter FischerUser

Spontaneously I would come up with the good management, as well as many years of experience in this environment.

Negative is the high price, above all, this is difficult to enforce in German SMEs (0 - 500 IT seats). In this environment max. three servers needed.

Furthermore, the environment is not very dynamic, so some of the added value of Nutanix is not so good here.

Other negative points are the high prices for retrofitting with RAM, this point concerns only the own Nutanix (Supermicro) hardware, these prices are not available to the customer.

10 December 18
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Overview

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:

  • Enterprise-class data management
  • Continuous data optimization
  • Securely encrypted storage
  • Dynamic data placement
  • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
  • Linear and incremental scaling
  • API-based data platform architecture
  • A simplified approach

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

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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