Compare Nutanix vs. VxRail

Nutanix is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 19 reviews while VxRail is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 15 reviews. Nutanix is rated 8.8, while VxRail is rated 8.8. 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 VxRail writes "Dual power capabilities take up a quarter of the energy than we were using before which equals savings every month". Nutanix is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity, whereas VxRail is most compared with Nutanix, VMware vSAN and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our Nutanix vs. VxRail report.
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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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The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools.I like the new releases that Dell EMC is doing with VMware. They are allowing for flexibility across the hybrid cloud. This allows organizations to use containers and to be able to move into the public cloud, but also not have lock-in. They can come back to the private cloud when they want to, so it's creating a lot of flexibility across the stack.It gives us tons of flexibility. We can create new machines, then destroy them if they don't work out. We test a lot of use cases that may or may not play out. We can build all types of scenarios into virtual machines that we may or may not use. If we don't use them, we just turn them off, no using up resources.The most valuable feature is its high performance.We were able to speed up our gaming software, which was a big plus.It is truly a hyper-converged infrastructure, so everything is there together.It's a turnkey solution, which is good for customers, because they are buying into stability.The most valuable feature in the VxRail solution is the software that binds the management portal and its ease of use of managing the environment. The guys don't have to worry about getting multiple solutions specialist. You can have one person looking at and managing the whole environment.

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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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Having a native replication would be an improvement.It still has some maturity to grow. It needs to be more tightly integrated with its own family of products. It has shown that it is open with the other products within the market, through its stack, but it needs to have the proof in the market (with use-cases), and it has to have the scalability with the integration.I would like them to include an easier solution to host its own DNS. When they changed to version 6.5, they took out the easy features of letting the rail be its own DNS. You can still trick the system and make the VxRail Manager another one of the rail-required VMs become the DNS, but it's a lot of extra work. I'd like to see it put back into the UI.There are still some features which aren't built into Cisco, like virtualized networking, that use its applications. However, these can be purchased through another product as an additional licensing cost to us.I would like an easier migration. This way, if a node fails like it did, the data would have been migrated and I would not have had to get up at three in the morning.I would like better integration with VCF from VMware, which is the Cloud Foundation tool set, so we can easily provision servers very quickly.I would like it to tier to the cloud effectively, making sure that cold data can be pushed out to some sort of Bitbucket.From a hardware and software perspective, there could be an improvement in the sales cycle, as there is a lot of hoops to go through to get pricing on a solution.

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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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The real ROI is the benefit of being able to do a true hybrid cloud, not having to move from CAPEX to OPEX in a pure break.There is an administrative cost savings. Instead of having seven to 15 separate boxes that someone has to administer on 15 different terminals, you can do the majority of it from one interface. Therefore, it saves on manpower costs.We were expecting Dell EMC to bring us something that would work very quickly and easily, but also be at a reasonable price point, and they did.The price point needs improvement, certainly for smaller SMBs. The cost of it is still quite painful. I think all vendors should do a product which is capped either by terabytes, IOPs, or VM instances. It should be an SMB solution that's going to make hyper-converged solutions easier for SMBs to get hold of. It's fine for those big guys that have billions of dollars of budget, but not for customers who have barely a 100,000 dollars or pounds in budget.The price is a little bit on the higher side but the system and management are so quick and easy that it's worth it for the customer.We most likely pay yearly for support. The cost was justified by now because it stays up and I don't have to constantly open tickets. I probably rebooted the system once or twice. We haven't replaced any discs in the storage, we haven't had to do any disc replacements, so it just runs. You pay a little more but you cut down on the maintenance.Compare it to what you spent on your last solution.Compare the VxRail product to Nutanix. Nutanix has more features, but its pricing is higher.

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Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
SamuelMcKoyReal User

The biggest difference between Nutanix and VxRail that I've noticed in my
brief research other than the obvious which is cost (Nutanix is much more
expensive) is that their Hypervisor is different. Nutanix Leverages their
in-house built hypervisor called Acropolis. VxRail leverages VMware's ESXi
for it's hypervisor. To take that perspective a step further the software
defined storage architecture for VxRail utilized VMware vSAN which is built
into the ESXi kernel. where as which Nutanix it would be something
different than vSAN which I'm not exactly sure what it's called. I would
imagine whatever software defined storage they're utilized is kernel based
or leveraging some 3rd party virtual appliance.

Off the top of my head these are the significant key differences I've
noticed in comparing VxRail to Nutanix.

18 February 19
Sami VentrigliaIntegrator

Both products work but have their own characteristics, I wouldn't even call them pro's or con's. Nutanix does a great job in a multi-hypervisor environment and even offers their own "good enough" hypervisor. If you are accustomed to enterprise class features and functionality, and your running mission critical revenue generating applications, vSphere obviously owns 85% of the market so they certainly exceed expectations here. In performance testing, it's more of a question of "which product will allow me to take full advantage of hardware capabilities?" to which I've seen more customers choose VxRail (or vSAN software on OEM of choice) over Nutanix. The management console for Nutanix is sleek but not as feature rich or capable of integrating with ecosystem vendors (backup vendors, application vendors, external storage systems, etc). VMware definitely has a leg up from an ecosystem standpoint but if the 3rd parties you leverage are supported w/ Nutanix, it may not be a big deal for you. Other points are cloud, support and scale. Cloud: Nutanix still hasn't gone to market with their Google cloud offering but have been talking about it for quite some time, VMware has been growing their hybrid cloud story after going to market a year and a half ago on AWS and 2+ years with IBM cloud. Support: VxRail continues to improve here, being a solution designed in tandem with VMware and Dell EMC, it takes a cross-effort from both companies to deliver a seamless support experience. Depending on complexity of issues, the greater majority of tickets are resolved by Dell EMC via SRS without involvment from VMware. Nutanix has a complete ownership of their stack so a one-stop-shop support-wise, although I don't see their current model scaling as they are heavily investing in sales and marketing without much talk of balance across support and engineering. They boast a higher NPS score vs VxRail, but that's like comparing an apple to a truck full of assorted fruit. And lastly scale, from a tech perspective, both products can expand and contract, I think the bigger question will be cost predictability. Anyone can get a deal upon an initial investment, but word from many customers is the cost to scale a Nutanix cluster when they know you're past the point of no return, can get unpredictable (heavy discounts from the first deal vanish when you expand). Dell EMC on the surface seems to be doing a better job with predicting cost to scale.
This is my opinion and not that of my employer, but I am regularly speaking with customers of both platforms. As I said, both have their own characteristics, I happen to firmly believe that based on evidence and market feedback that the VxRail solution has several leg-ups on Nutanix without even going into the advantages of the VMware + Dell EMC relationship and integration points.

18 February 19
Shu MookerjeeReal User

The main difference between the two solutions is the hypervisor. VxRail is effectively a vmWare appliance that's performance built to run vSAN and most of the other associated features. It's a solid hyperconverged system and is perfect for organizations that are already familiar with vmWare.

Nutanix, on the other hand, runs multiple hypervisors INCLUDING vmWare, but also Hyper-V and their own product - Acropolis. The Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) has its own set of performance and application characteristics and is competitively positioned to go against vmWare.

In addition, vxRail runs on specific Dell/EMC server hardware whereas Nutanix is able to run on multiple hardware platforms (Cisco, SuperMicro, IBM Power, Lenovo).

18 February 19
Nick SousaUser

The biggest difference between Nutanix and VxRail is the storage replication. Nutanix has storage replication built into the product, but VxRail relies on EMC Recoverpoint. Nutanix is the clear favorite for a single pane of glass management and the lowest amount of solution complexity.

17 May 19
Amnon SinaiUser

VxRail is an engineered solution from Dell-EMC house.
It comes pre-installed from Dell-EMC factory, and all the customer need to do is to install his Application
Part of the VMware Software that comes with The system include the SDDC Manger, a powerful tool that help the
Customer run the system automatically, take care of Life Cycle management and more.
Vs Nutanix , VxRail is a VMware Validated Design that let you run all VMware technologies in:
1 Manufacturer
1 Solution
1 Support

19 February 19
Alberto MarolaUser

Both of them are good enough and innovative Solutions. Nutanix has been the first in the MKT to launch Hyperconvergence concept and pointing of the benefit some year ago. Both of them have problem related high cost, scalability model not really calibrated on European MKT needs (especially for Italian MKT). Without deeping the tech specific features, that for sure are very innovative, interesting in terms of performance, virtualization, simplification in management and mistress for the next SAN future, sometime we forget the real need of the Customer, to have "practical " and easy Solution to assure them Business Continuity and Instant Recover in case of Disaster. I do not see in those Vendor a real Answer to such issue. Other Vendor have been able to develop during these Years, Solution that, through Hyperconvergence ( Capacity, Computing and Network resource in a box ) , make available real Application and Services to assure DR and instant replacement, with reasonable cost and smart scale model.
Since isn't a metter of specific comparision, If are you interested to know more about them, feel free di contact me .

19 February 19
Manjunath VReal User

VxRail works with vmware only, where Nutanix is hypervisor agnostic.

19 February 19
Mikeal SaavedraVendor

From my research:

Nutanix can support multiple hyper visors, while VxRail just supports VMware.

Nutanix seems to have better scalability. VxRail requires three nodes and scale up to 64 nodes per cluster. Nutanix starts at one node with clusters of more than 100 nodes in production.

Data protection. VMware seems to fairly extensive. Nutanix is developing a data protection system.

Solution integration advantage goes to Nutanix .

VMware is capable of integrating a broader array of enterprise applications, whereas Nutanix is playing catch up.

Storage. For Nutanix storage is outside the system vs VxRail which is part of the system.

Vendor maturity advantage goes to VxRail .

Cost. I have read where Nutanix is more expensive. But since they have quit coupling the software and the appliance I can't determine an Apple to Apple comparison.

To make a recommendation of the two would depend a lot on the people installing and maintaining the system. If they are familiar with VMware they should stick to VxRail .

That being said I have read that Nutanix is the easiest of the two to setup and configure.

18 February 19
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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

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).

With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

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