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Shannon Jones
User
Storage Analyst at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
Aug 20 2018

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for hyper-converged deployments of VMs and SRM replication. It is performing very well.

What is most valuable?

SRM capabilities for replication have been proven reliable and very useful for our organization. 

What needs improvement?

We would like to see it support other systems outside of the compute stack from which it was built.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product to others.
SystemsEng
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 07 2018

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is our primary use case?

Currently, we are using it for our VMware workstation. We use it to host our non-production servers.

How has it helped my organization?

It has seamless expandability.

What is most valuable?

Their Google operating system is more mature, so their results are much better.

What needs improvement?

I don't feel that I am receiving the performance which I am paying for. We should have something called micro segmentation inside the Nutanix box, which can be easily implemented. They should support more VM, which is not currently supported.

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and

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MohamedMostafa1
Real User
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Flexibility. We're able to mix performance nodes with storage nodes easily. Unlike other vendors where, if we start a hyperconverged solution with them, we have to stick to a specific model, to a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The TCO model of Nutanix is much more mature than other solutions, because everything is consolidated. We're getting the best value for our investments. We're able to build cost-effective solutions… more »

What needs improvement?

It would be fantastic if there was a built-in layer, in Nutanix, that acted like a cloud interface. So far, we need to integrate a cloud interface on top of Nutanix for billing the usage for specific… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched to Nutanix Acropolis, because of the 3D architecture. The old architecture has a lot of disadvantages. For example, whenever there is a support ticket that needs to be opened, we used to… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do a demo. Don't just depend on the theoretical information in the information sheets, but go for an actual demo. Once you see a demo in action, you know exactly what the features are and how to do… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Cisco HyperFlex. It was very weak. We also compared EMC2. They have a hyperconverged solution, but I don't remember what its name was. We also evaluated Simplivity, which is now part of… more »
Timothy Walsh
User
IT Architect, Senior at American Electric Power Company, Inc.
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Prism Central allows managing the cluster from a single pane of glass, and it allows a deeper dive into the solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Our current production solution is complicated and requires many different management consoles to configure and monitor the solution. Inevitably, something gets missed and requires us troubleshoot resources. The Nutanix PoC appears to eliminate some of this confusion. The AHV integrates with the solution and most of the complexity is hidden from the admin's duties.

What needs improvement?

Coming from a XenServer environment, I would like better integration of XenServer into the AOS and Prism Central.
budiezeddin
User
Manager at PT. Metrodata Electronics Tbk.
Jun 13 2018

What is most valuable?

* Nutanix Distributed File System * Multi-hypervisor support * Erasure coding * Protection domain * Acropolis File Sharing * Acropolis Block Service * Strong support

How has it helped my organization?

With the whole rack becoming a 2U Box, we had a smaller data center footprint and power consumption. Compute and storage became one, so it became easier to manage. There… more »

What needs improvement?

Our challenge has been to simplify our data center, reduce OPEX, easily scale out, and improve agility. Here are some improvements that we would like to see: * Reduce our… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used three-tier architecture.

What other advice do I have?

Soon, it will be only software. Therefore, you can provide preferred hardware. You can inject it with Nutanix software as long as the hardware compatibility meets Nutanix… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HPE SimpliVity.
Brian Lucci
User
System Adminstrator at Twin Disc
Jun 07 2018

What is most valuable?

Simplified storage management. Therefore, we do not have to rely on others to manage storage, which removes wait times in getting tasks done.

How has it helped my organization?

Simplified management: It provides us more time to work on other tasks. We were able to replace two SANs and two blade centers with a single 2U Nutanix appliance.

What needs improvement?

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.
Todd Selby
Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Price * Ease of use

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are consolidation. That's always a benefit. I wouldn't say it has necessarily improved the way that the organization functions. It just takes up less space.

What needs improvement?

I don't have any requests for features. It does everything that I need it to do, and then some.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I switched because I got tired of paying support renewals for three different companies. My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are ease of use and price.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it a nine out of 10 because I think there is still room for improvement on the price. My advice is to take your time and evaluate everything.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated EMC as well. I went with Nutanix because of the price.
User
Data Consultant at Neuberger
May 08 2018

What is most valuable?

* Single click actions is definitely the most important. They were not even aware that they wanted this. * Performance was the main point for buying it. * No… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Any task with our servers which is painless because the system runs really fast. Our users are glad to be migrated to Citrix, although giving up the local admin rights… more »

What needs improvement?

There are various areas, but all points that I could mention are under development and get to you free of charge with another single-click cluster-upgrade. To name some… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. I… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Traditional storage on NetApp with ESX-Blades from Dell. We switched because of the simpler setup and easier scalability.

What other advice do I have?

Always check compatibility matrix before you upgrade to get a clear view what comes after your upgrade. I recently found that AOS 5.1.4 and 5.1.5 will not let you upgrade… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated the successor models of our former systems. New NetApp Filers and new Blades, but the pricing was similar so we went with the better solution. We never used… more »
Real User
IT Infrastructure Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Mar 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Availability * Scalability * Performance * Redundancy * Excellent Monitoring and Admin Portal

How has it helped my organization?

We increased stability and availability to 99.999%, and increased performance on our software platforms and databases drastically.

What needs improvement?

There is a hard coded IP in the 192.168.5.x range which comes with Nutanix. This needs to be a variable, not hard coded, as this may clash with customers current IP range.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Even though Nutanix is expensive, it is well worth it!

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Xen.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we did look at your traditional hyper-converged solutions.
Vendor
Chef du service informatique at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 26 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Simple to use Ergonomic

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to remove the following equipment from  our infrastructure:  EMC VNX5300 Cisco Switch FC FalconStor Cisco UCS Servers A lot of cabling  So in the end there is much less complexity to manage.

What needs improvement?

Snapshot Management needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Ten months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very few, it has now been running for five to six months without any problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Excellent, thiis the best area. Very efficient.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

SAN, EMC…
Vendor
Director of IT at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
Nov 14 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Prism  One-Click

How has it helped my organization?

Now, we can worry less about the technology and focus on other business value initiatives.

What needs improvement?

A fantastic product that could spend a bit more time in QA between releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

Five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Compatibility issue with Nutanix and Zerto.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 10 out of 10. Technical Support: 10 out of 10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched from a legacy 3-2-1 solution to HCI…
Vendor
IT Engineer
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Nutanix Prism.

How has it helped my organization?

Nutanix provides the best migration to cloud platform. It has helped our company aggregate most of our workloads into a centralized platform improving the efficiency for the IT team and infrastructure… more »

What needs improvement?

We have achieved great stability and scalability with Nutanix. We are currently running Hyper-V in Nutanix. After setting it up, we are very happy with the provisioning of new VMs as we do not need to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It really is worth the price you spend.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Not applicable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Jon Seet
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 01 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Single pane of glass view for all components. Excellent after-sales support. Easy updates and upgrades.

How has it helped my organization?

Reduced hours wasted on troubleshooting failed updates.

What needs improvement?

Uptime HA Redundancy Disaster Recover (DR)

For how long have I used the solution?

Three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None, except when they sent an engineer who was still new.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None. It scales seemlessly. The hardest part is negotiating for the budget to do so.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: The customer service is excellent. Technical…
Bryan Luers
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech services company
Oct 23 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Nutanix has helped us with a system that has high performance in a small footprint. It has been very easy to use and is very reliable. Using AHV looks good, and is a much cheaper alternative to VMware. There were initially some setup complications with Nutanix on Dell hardware by not having Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) open locally on the network switches. The simple hour install was closer to a day, but the system has been solid since then.
Vendor
IT Engineer
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Hypervisor-agnostic: I can use a VMware or Hyper-V license, if I already have one. But if I use a similar solution as Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) that comes embedded in a Nutanix solution, I can manage all my virtual environments… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Hyper-convergence makes the whole datacenter simpler. I don’t need to manage servers, SAN, and storage as I used to, but instead, manage everything from one simple and complete dashboard. I can manage my resources to get any information I… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I know Nutanix and VxRail have similar prices and licenses. Nutanix is a go ahead if AHV is used as the hypervisor because it is already embedded in the price.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I worked with Dell EMC VxRail, but this product is tied with VMware ESXi which requires expensive licenses. It is also a great solution if you have already those licenses. VxRail has a limit in scalability (64) in the 3.5 version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have some customers who tried Cisco HyperFlex and HPE HC380 instead of VMware vSAN. None of these were so attractive as Nutanix when they compared hypervisor flexibility, scalability, and support.
Vendor
IT Systems Technical Specialist at a government
Oct 18 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Storage snapshots and replication One-Click upgrades

How has it helped my organization?

I can now do upgrades during work hours with One-Click upgrades. I click an upgrade and walk away. I have never had an issue.

What needs improvement?

Lowering the replication window.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment was less than half a day for eight nodes.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, there was a bug with the new Intel chipset, but working with support, they quickly were able to issue an updated BIOS. Even with this issue, we had no downtime

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None, scaling up is easy with Nutanix.

How

Vendor
Development Engineer at a university
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Overall performance of the platform * Scalability * Ease of implementation * Management GUI Prism On storage side, these features are very useful: * Deduplication * Compression * Erasure coding *… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Green datacenter: Significant reduction in time provisioning as well as daily administration and management activities. Hyper-converged: Storage, compute, and network are all in a single dashboard.

What needs improvement?

* More 10GB physical ports * CVM resource requirement/consumption

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing are definitely not cheap, but not bad either.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I switched from my previous solution to Nutanix, because this is my first hyper-converged solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

SimpliVity and FlashStack.
Real User
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

* One-Click upgrades * Software defined storage * The capacity savings One click upgrades are an absolute godsend. Being able to upgrade our entire cluster with the click of a button during business… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Processes that used to take hours to complete have been drastically improved due to the nature of Nutanix. Data locality means things complete faster and our users now have more time to complete their… more »

What needs improvement?

Given all the amazing features, there is room for improvement around the support ability of different hypervisors. Sure, Nutanix now supports four hypervisors but they are not all at feature parity… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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 that not only… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In both organisations where I worked, which migrated to Nutanix, we were on traditional 3-tier architecture. We switched over to Nutanix for the ease of management, scalability, and performance gains… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at SimpliVity and VMware vSAN.
Farhan Parkar
Real User
Team Lead Information Management at a tech services company
Sep 12 2017

What is most valuable?

The Nutanix Prism interface is the most beautiful interface I had ever used in any software. The simplicity and fluency of the HTML 5 interface gives a one-of-a-kind user… more »

How has it helped my organization?

As I have been using Nutanix since 2014, I have seen approximately five major release versions. Each release provided improvements in performance and new features… more »

What needs improvement?

I would definitely love to see single and two-node cluster setup, as well native network virtualization/micro-segmentation capabilities. These are already announced… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Although Nutanix cannot be compared directly with any other products on market, it’s worth every penny spent. Most of the features are available in the starter version… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, we were using traditional server plus storage infrastructure. As we partnered with Nutanix we decided to evaluate it ourselves before we recommended it to our… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend considering Nutanix for any kind of workload, whether VDI, server virtualization, databases, Exchange or Big Data. I will say Nutanix gives system… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated a few other hyper-converged platforms, but Nutanix was the obvious choice because of its software-only structure with no dependence on hardware… more »
Consultant
Technical director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Hypervisor agnostic. I can use VMware or Hyper-V license, if I already have. But if I use a similar solution as Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) that comes embedded in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Hyper-convergence makes the whole datacenter simpler. I don’t need anymore to manage servers, SAN, and storage as I used to, but instead, manage everything from one simple… more »

What needs improvement?

AHV is a great hypervisor but still limited compared to VMware. AHV is the one product they must improve.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I work either with Dell EMC VxRail, but this product is tied with VMware ESXi which requires expensive licenses. It is also a great solution if you have already those… more »

What other advice do I have?

Nutanix is the first and the biggest hyper-convergence company in the world. VxRail is also a great solution as well as HPE SimpliVity, but regarding to scalability and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have some customers who tried Cisco HyperFlex and HPE HC380 besides VMware vSAN. None of these were so attractive as Nutanix when they compared hypervisor flexibility… more »
Consultant
Cyber Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 15 2017

What is most valuable?

Hyper-convergence is the most valuable feature for me as it allows me to scale the hardware according to project requirements.

How has it helped my organization?

It is now our single most powerful server that is easily scalable and has an HTML5 site that manages all aspects of the system.

What needs improvement?

It would be great if it could emulate some of the features that their competitor VMware has, for example port mirroring or Netflow output at hypervisor level.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you're willing to spend on hyper-convergence technologies be prepared to pay more and be locked down to a specific hardware vendor. The basic license that comes with… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was using a standard server infrastructure previously and found an offer for Nutanix so we switched.

What other advice do I have?

Please be prepared to be locked down on the hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before the purchase we were evaluating VMware only.
KamalarajanS
Real User
Enterprise Systems & IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* Management is simple * There is easy configuration * The solution is scalable * The product has a compact size that greatly reduces the HW/Datacenter footprint.

How has it helped my organization?

There was a 30% reduction in CAPEX spending when we moved towards the Nutanix platform and we had a high ROI.

What needs improvement?

The product needs improvement in the areas of SAN attachment for high capacity and high I/O profile workloads.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing are easy if: * You know which solution you are choosing the product for * You provide the correct sizing

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use a different solution on the hyper-converged platform. Apart from this solution, we converged infrastructures from EMC/HDS vendors.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this product for its easy implementation and its elimination of the silo approach. We have a bunch of data warehousing servers that we have planned to migrate… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options.
Vendor
IT Infrastructure Architect at a health, wellness and fitness company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

One-click upgrade and data locality are valuable features. The one-click upgrade provides simple management and upgrades. Data locality provides super-fast data access and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our 125 seat VDI implementation went from barely usable, to a good alternative, to desktops. The performance of our server apps has never been better.

What needs improvement?

The focus on performance improvements over new features is more important to me. It is always fun to play with new buttons in the platform. In reality, it is hard for me… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You get what you pay for here.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Vblock, a converged solution. We switched for many reasons. Footprint, power, cooling, savings, and support time.

What other advice do I have?

Do a PoC and judge for yourself. It costs nothing but time.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware VXRail/Rack and SimpliVity. We did PoCs. The hands-down winner was Nutanix!
Consultant
System Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

The Prism interface is valuable. It is very easy to manage, is based on HTML5, and all CVMs are able to assume the management role. They are not the SPOF.

How has it helped my organization?

Nutanix makes it easier for us to grow as the organization needs more resources. We can add more blocks and nodes in a granular way. This is unlike a traditional… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see asynchronous replication in less than 60 minutes, or even in 15 minutes. I understand that they are working to lower replication times to one minute or… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If we compare prices with a three-tier environment, servers, and storage plus virtualization and licenses of VMware or Hyper-V, Nutanix has its own free hypervisor. It… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used VMware vSAN. I did not change solutions for anything in particular. It was a decision of the organization, based on a corporate strategy.

What other advice do I have?

Nutanix is a converged system with web-scale technology. The technology is invisible to the IT department. You can focus on your business, instead of making IT a problem… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware vSAN and HPE VSA.
Consultant
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability is the most valuable feature because it is easy to scale-up and scale-out without impact in performance since it is always online.

How has it helped my organization?

Improves the management of our virtual infrastructure in a unified point and with unified support team.

What needs improvement?

Cloud integration, automation and orchestration need improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Is not a cheap solution, compare with competitors, but you must consider all variables in the environment to calculate the TCO. You have pre-sales tool Nutanix Sizer to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn’t have a previous solution. I tested different solutions for my customers, such as Nutanix, VSAN, HPE VSA, etc, and evaluated them, but the solutions are for my… more »

What other advice do I have?

Use the sizing tools in order to design the infrastructure properly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at VMware vSAN, and HPE VSA.
Consultant
Ingegnere it senior at a tech services company
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The solution's performance and high density are most valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

It was a PoC, so we did not test it in a production system. Rather, we prepared a near identical environment and compared its performance to the customer's old SAN… more »

What needs improvement?

The hybrid solution we tested showed a big performance reduction after intensive work on the system, due to the caching mechanism that fills the SSDs (typical of low level… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is good if you choose to use the proprietary OS (which is free). Pricing is good if your enviroment can take advantage of the Hyperconvergence paradigm.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

That was the first Hyperconverged system we tested, so we did not switch to this solution from a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

Hyperconvergence gives a faster implementation than the "standard" solutions, and a high density architecture. Others should see if their requirements can be fulfilled by… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions.
Oshri Sharon
Real User
CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Service portal * Self-service restore * Single pane of glass for management. We are a Managed Service Provider and these capabilities make our platform agile and easy to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* Less IT admin * More performance * More resiliency * More protection of data (lots of storage SnapShots with no performance impact)

What needs improvement?

In order to replace massively Install base of VMware vSphere, they need to expand their ecosystem with ISVs (i.e. F5, PaloAlto, Citrix, TrendMicro etc.) in order to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have anything special to advise about licensing and pricing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used legacy infrastructures: EMC, NetApp, and IBM.

What other advice do I have?

Don't be afraid of Acropolis Hypervisor. It is stable and powerful, just as vSphere is. It has built-in advanced analytics and powerful operations, Self Service Portal and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware vSAN.
Consultant
User at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
May 08 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Data protection in its various flavours. Overall performance of the platform. Scalability. Ease of implementation. Great GUI.

How has it helped my organization?

We can test even the most storage-performance-hungry workloads on our Nutanix blocks.

What needs improvement?

Pricing transparency: Software and hardware should be separate items.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 12 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have not encountered any deployment issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and

Real User
System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 28 2017

What is most valuable?

The consolidated storage: no need to use central storage that has a performance penalty. For example, while using central storage that enables file-sharing NAS services & SAN services, when one VM had… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We can deploy VM as a service & we can perform updates on the nodes without downtime in a very simple, direct way.

What needs improvement?

The improvement needed is for elastic clusters, meaning the ability to depart and join nodes in an automatic way. We have a laboratory that needs to perform bare metal tests and therefore needs to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using central storage and suffered from bad performance latency.

What other advice do I have?

Perform resizing. Check the needs and deploy only what is needed. Check the memory DIMMs and make sure for the price you get, you have free DIMMs. We Added a dedicated switch for this cluster so that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time we checked, this solution was unique.
Vendor
Infrastructure Program Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* Speed of acquisition and ease of deployment * Shorter timeline from PO, to delivery, to operation than converged infrastructure solutions like Vblock * Able to grow with… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our company was in a high growth period, tripling in size within 30 months. Our demand was outstripping our ability to provide additional capacity. With traditional… more »

What needs improvement?

Performance was not bad, but it could be better. I never fielded complaints from developers or users, but benchmark testing indicated that workloads did slightly better on… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I wasn’t directly involved in the original purchase. My initial reaction was that we either overpaid or Nutanix was overpriced. But our experience with the product was… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Vblocks for nearly everything, production and non-production, and we were in a high growth phase. The large incremental purchase cycles of Vblocks in… more »

What other advice do I have?

The market for hyper-converged is competitive and rapidly changing. Take a look around.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The team that did the evaluation was not my team so I can’t speak about the specifics. I know they looked at SympliVity as well and there was some lively discussion around… more »
Vendor
Sales Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 28 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Prism and Clustering.

How has it helped my organization?

It can help my customers achieve their business goals in the simplest way. It’s simple and reliable.

What needs improvement?

Nutanix needs more development on DRC solutions embedded in Acropolis.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this solution for five or six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For now, it is stable enough.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great and simple.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing…
Vendor
AGM IT Delivery at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Compression, deduplication, and erasure coding * Central management using prism * Capacity management and planning using prism central * One click upgrade to the Nutanix OS as well as for hypervisor… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* Centralized monitoring of infrastructure * Easy and quick deployment of VMs * Single SME for all domains like storage, OS, and hypervisor * Compression deduplication and erasure coding have improved… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements in monitoring parameters, RTO, and access control. Currently, memory utilization does not show as per the actual. This is in pipeline for the next release. The current… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Depends upon what OEM you factor for hardware and the relationship between them. The software license seems to be pretty simple.

What other advice do I have?

You can have optimal results from ROI and the infrastructure deployment perspective if the solution is designed properly. I would suggest that you spell out your requirements clearly before Nutanix… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco HyperFlex and SimpliVity.
Vendor
Unix Systems and Storage Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Nutanix provides an all-in-one solution for operating our datacenter. Nutanix also provides out-of-the-box redundancy, built in storage savings with compression, deduplication, and erasure coding. All… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Nutanix provides a more agile platform with the ability to spin up and down various workloads on demand, provision developer workstations from a master copy, and protect production workloads with… more »

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement. One area Nutanix can improve on is DevOps automation. While there is some built-in capability via REST service exposure, a more robust automation controller would… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would advise new customers to work with their local reseller and local Nutanix representative and negotiate the best deal they can. I think it helps to keep in mind not only the tangible benefits… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would advise anyone looking for a complete in-house, cloud-like solution to consider Nutanix a prime player. The technology is solid, and the support (both sales and technical) are top line… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing Nutanix, we had looked at a few different options. Option one was to expand current SAN/Servers. We looked at a few others in the early days of “hyper-convergence” such as SimpliVity… more »
Consultant
Chief Technology Officer at PBG Networks
Feb 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* Small footprint: Our datacenter was already pretty full and we would have had to increase its size and add more electrical and cooling. None of that had to be done when… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We condensed four racks of physical servers into one rack taking up 2U of space.

What needs improvement?

It has the ability to connect to Azure or AWS for storing backups. I would like to have the capability to spin up a backup on Azure or AWS for disaster recovery purposes… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Make sure you know what features you want, as they have three software licensing editions: Starter, Pro and Ultimate (https://www.nutanix.com/products/software-editions/).

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched from traditional SAN and servers because we needed a smaller footprint while dramatically increasing performance and scalability.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you find a good partner who has extensive experience with this. Also, if you are just doing server virtualization, then evaluate their free Hypervisor Acropolis… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Simplivity, Stormagic SvSAN, and VMware VSAN.
Consultant
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

* One-click updates * Auto-/self-healing

How has it helped my organization?

We had a real disaster back in 2014. Our customer data centre was hit by a flood that was about two meters. When the water level approached the data centre, we triggered… more »

What needs improvement?

They need to add features for software-defined networking and network security. The multi-tenant features need to add charge back/metering.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nutanix licensing and pricing is premium compared to other hyperconverged infrastructure vendors.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used a three-tier design for virtualization. Managing three types of hardware vendors (server, SAN switch & SAN Storage) is troublesome.

What other advice do I have?

Leveraging the Nutanix Acropolis would save on hypervisor licensing. With Nutanix, you can't mix up the OEM hardware with other vendors such as Dell or Lenovo. There are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we evaluated VMware vSAN.
Farhan Hafiz
Real User
IT Admin at Felda Prodata Systems Sdn Bhd
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are Prism and Acropolis, as they simplified our jobs and give us the opportunity to lower operational costs without reducing the current… more »

How has it helped my organization?

As opposed to before, the Nutanix platform allows us to pay as we grow instead starting with a large scale. Management seems to like this idea, as it will save us from… more »

What needs improvement?

We're thinking about hosting SAP HANA on the Nutanix platform, but we are still unsure about the path as SAP still has not certified Nutanix to host SAP HANA yet. Nutanix… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is good for us and just what we are looking for. We can cut off the VMware license and maintenance support, and migrate to Acropolis instead.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used three-tier architecture, which has lots of points for failure and a lot of consoles need to be attended. It's so tiring and most of the time, we are… more »

What other advice do I have?

You have an option to start small instead of going big at first, which will capitalize your budget. You can ask for a loaner unit from Nutanix to play with; to check and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated SimpliVity and HPE solutions. Both failed us in term of economical cost and did not offer features that Nutanix has.
Real User
Systems Administrator at CityServiceValcon
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

The level of statistical performance data it is able to report in real time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing form a single pane of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity Prism/AHV delivers over other hypervisor solutions has dramatically alleviated the workload of our IT department without taking away granular features.

What needs improvement?

Site-to-site replication needs some work. It’s not as feature rich for a disaster recovery implementation as I would like to see, but my understanding is that it is slated… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would encourage you to heed the advice of your rep on what to purchase with one exception: Make sure the hardware you’re purchasing is the latest generation of hardware… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are currently in the process of switching to AHV from ESXi. We felt the Nutanix solution was significantly easier to manage, has all the features we need, and… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do not dismiss Nutanix too hastily over one little feature or another. They are coming, and it is worth your patience. The value brought in simplicity, support and time… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We spent a substantial amount of time evaluating many other options, including VxRail, EqualLogic and Compellent, the Dell M series blade chassis, NetShelter, Cisco UCS… more »
Vendor
Senior System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Scaling is very easy and no limitations are set.

How has it helped my organization?

The three-tier architecture is not that flexible and quick. Now, I can update or upgrade my whole datacenter with one click, the rest is done by Nutanix. No more reading… more »

What needs improvement?

The file services that they also provide need some more features, like on the Windows file server.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is nearly the same, but don´t forget in this price I have included my storage and virtualization costs. And it will be much cheaper in the future.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used VMware for virtualization and NetApp for storage. We switched because we need to expand and that is not easy with NetApp. VMware only has the best… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you have an old three-tier architecture that is more than three years old, check your contracts. Check your applications like Exchange, SQL, Oracle, SAP, or VDI, and if… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We checked other options, too, such as EMC, EqualLogic, and Nexenta. But the easiest and the one with the most scalability was Nutanix.
Consultant
Hyperconverged specialist with Nutanix & CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 16 2017

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Distributed storage fabric

How has it helped my organization?

We don’t need to be SAN or virtualization experts J

What needs improvement?

Manage virtualization layer with Hyper-V

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 10/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used DataCore, but scaling it is too difficult.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was too simple. Our datacenter was on in two hours. …
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2016

What is most valuable?

The converged storage infrastructure is a great benefit that removes the necessity of a separate storage network. The web-based management portal (Prism) is very robust and easy to understand. There… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For us, the Nutanix 3060 was a fantastic solution because it was an exact fit for the purpose of refreshing our hypervisor (VMware) infrastructure. For example, our existing VMware licensing allowed… more »

What needs improvement?

The Nutanix uses controller VMs for disk I/O, metadata, etc. and they can consume significant resources so be sure to account for the additional CPU and memory the controllers will need. There is one… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is a pricey solution considering it's essentially a fork lift upgrade but the features, redundancy, and performance made it the most attractive solution for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using HP servers, switches, and SANs for our hypervisor solution. The hyper-converged infrastructure became a more attractive option since there is less to manage separately. The management… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Simplivity as well but decided on the Nutanix because it was a better fit for our VMware licensing. We were able to simply replace (4) of our existing VMware hosts with (4) Nutanix nodes… more »
Vendor
Technical Lead Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 02 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Originally posted http://tech.zsoldier.com/2015/06/opinion-nutanix-acropolis-and-vmware.html  I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Nutanix .NEXT conference in Miami the last 3 days. I learned a lot and met many new faces. Here is the bottom line: Nutanix has released their flavor of the KVM hypervisor dubbed "Acropolis". So what does that mean for you VMware shops? Right now, possibly lower or complete removal of hypervisor licensing costs. However, VMware is a leader for a reason, so you will likely need to augment by using something like VMTurbo to manage and give you smarter DRS like capability plus more. I'll need to read-up on Acropolis feature sets, but the fair comparisons would likely be between the base vSphere ESXi editions (including…
Consultant
Technical Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 19 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

Metro availability Fingerprinting

How has it helped my organization?

Metro availability with synchronous replication is most appreciable for my customer. Its benefit is high avaibility in production.

What needs improvement?

Maybe more functions for Prism with VMmware, for example, cloning VMs in Prism, exactly like Acropolis.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used them for almost three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

One time, with IPMI not reachable for CVM. I troubleshot this problem with Nutanix US support.

How are customer service and technical support?

It's at a high level.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was used.

How was the initial setup?

It…
Consultant
Product Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 08 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

One-click hypervisor and firmware upgrade Snapshots and clones Compression and deduplication Backup and disaster recovery

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to manage with the one-click hypervisor and firmware upgrade. We can also store data more efficiently with compression and deduplication.

What needs improvement?

I have nothing to suggest.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's good.…
Vendor
Sr. Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 06 2015

What is most valuable?

The features that are most valuable to our company would be the ease of use and configuration. The Nutanix software automatically balances and vMotions the VMs to other nodes on the cluster as resources are needed. The Nutanix Cassandra intelligently moves around the metadata as needed. it’s… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Our whole infrastructure is maintained by two people. This is how simple it is to use Nutanix. Hyperconverged is the way of the future.

What needs improvement?

One thing I would like to eventually see from Nutanix is the ability to install the Nutanix OS on any hardware, making it hardware agnostic instead of depending on their expensive servers. NOS is what makes the whole Nutanix cluster work so well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was the only hyperconverged solution we considered, simply because they were the most mature solution that we felt was right for our environment.
Consultant
Sr. Systems Engineer and Tech Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 01 2015

What is most valuable?

* Small footprint * Scalability * Price when compared to other computer/storage solutions is better value

How has it helped my organization?

We are using it for an internal VDI solution and proof of concept for other possible projects.

What needs improvement?

None, everything is working great and I don't currently have any suggestions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We were pretty cut-throat on the pricing but we also bought it at the end of the year so we most likely got a good deal so they could make their numbers. We also only bought one year of support to… more »

What other advice do I have?

For the industry they are in, Nutanix is some amazing stuff. Even if we don't expand our footprint with them, I will personally be keeping up with their technology.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We investigated several other products and went with this one due to their demo and in depth sales pitch.
Vendor
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2015

What is most valuable?

All the software-defined, hyper-converged, and cloud-based infrastructure provide our network with VMs and storage.

How has it helped my organization?

It centralizes management, so we can build clouds anywhere. Regardless of the hardware platform, it still works.

What needs improvement?

The processing power is OK, but for the future it needs to be better. Replacing all the hard drives with SSD would dramatically improve performance.

What other advice do I have?

The solution you choose will depend on your budget. If you want to build a hybrid cloud, and have a good balance between cost and performance, then Nutanix is good option.
Vendor
Managing Consultant with 51-200 employees
Aug 30 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Originally posted at www.storagegaga.com/dont-get-too-drunk-on-hyper-converged/ I hate the fact that I am bursting the big bubble brewing about Hyper Convergence (HC). I urge all to look past the hot air and hype frenzy that are going on, because in the end, the HC platforms have to be aligned and congruent to the organization’s data architecture and business plans. The announcement of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant on Integrated Systems (read hyper convergence) has put Nutanix as the leader of the pack as of August 2015. Clearly, many of us get caught up because it is the “greatest feeling in the world”. However, this faux feeling is not reality because there are many factors that made the pack leaders in the Magic Quadrant (MQ). First of all, the MQ is about…
Vendor
Senior DevOps Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2015

What is most valuable?

* Ease of installing the hyper-visor * Out of the box High Availability

How has it helped my organization?

* Decreased Rack space/power consumption * No need for SAN * IOPs has increased as new nodes are added

What needs improvement?

None, as I like that Nutanix listen to their customers, and implement new features to improve the kit.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is a little high but if you really look into what the product provides, the cost saving on setting up infrastructure and maintaining it is greatly reduced. Unlike VMware, features are provided… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a huge blade chassis with a SAN. We switched because of a bottleneck in the SAN, and it didn't scale well, as we hit queue depth limits. Some advantages Nutanix has over our old… more »

What other advice do I have?

When you get over the initial shock of the price, and think about what you get you will never go back to the old way of implementing infrastructure.
Real User
Practice Manager - Cloud, Automation & DevOps at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 26 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Originally posted at http://vcdx133.com/ If you have just heard about Hyper-Converged infrastructure and Nutanix, read my Tech101 – Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform article. First point, Nutanix has just announced the name change of their Virtual Computing Platform (VCP) to Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) with the release of Acropolis and their new “Invisible Infrastructure” paradigm during the Miami .Next 2015 conference. If you are not a Nutanix Customer, Partner or Employee, it is going to be very challenging getting your hands on their technology, KB articles and documentation. They have released the Nutanix Community Edition to get you started, but it will provide limited value for their Enterprise platform. Nutanix need to update their policies on who can access their…
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 26 2015

What is most valuable?

The reduced complexity of the overall system is a major plus, especially for smaller IT teams. Nutanix eliminates the need to have a “storage team” when using virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

Beside the reduction in cost, we have been able to use Virtual Desktops for all our users. The Nutanix Hardware is capable of delivering the performance needed for Virtual desktop deployment.

What needs improvement?

Nutanix has made huge improvements over the past years and the product is very good at the moment. It would be nice to be able to converge the network switch required to connect the Nutanix nodes… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nutanix is very competitively priced and the reduced cost compared to a traditional SAN, and the increased performance and scalability sits well with the finance department. I suggest you talk to the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use an HP SAN but there is no way SAN’s can compete on performance with Nutanix.

What other advice do I have?

Real User
Practice Manager - Cloud, Automation & DevOps at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 25 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Originally posted at http://vcdx133.com In my opinion, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is the future of Private and Hybrid Cloud infrastructure. If you are designing a greenfield data center and HCI is not on your list for serious consideration, then it should be. With that being said, every technology has its Pros and Cons; nobody rides for free. The advantages of HCI are many and outweigh the disadvantages, here is what you need to watch out for: People – If your server virtualization, network and storage teams operate in silos and are constantly at war with each other, then HCI is probably not for you at this time. Successful HCI projects are built upon a very close collaboration between these teams. In fact, it makes more sense to merge these three…
Consultant
Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 19 2015

What is most valuable?

* Shadow clone * Deduplication fingerprint on ingest

How has it helped my organization?

The beauty of this product is that it is very intelligent in controlling the data set and metadata. It fully utilizes the memory, hard disk, and CPU, and leverage big data components such as a… more »

What needs improvement?

When operating a system which has a large capacity and large block sizes in random write, the performance will slow down a little bit.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's very simple and cost effective.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, because no one is similar to Nutanix in using 100% software define storage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* VMware vSAN * HP CS200
Vendor
Assistant Technical Manager with 51-200 employees
Aug 16 2015

What is most valuable?

There are many features that catch our attention. The most valuable one is it’s distributed file system with the data protection and storage auto tiering. This feature promise a high redundancy for our data while maintaining the high IOPs… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For the business it saves our rack space and maintenance costs, which is also applicable to most of our customers. The simplicity of the management interface of the product has increased the efficiency of our IT administrators, and given us… more »

What needs improvement?

The product is quite promising, and is sufficient for daily IT/business operations at the moment.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were using traditional servers, and storage products, which are common in the market. This product has no SAN concept, which totally simplified the whole architecture of server storage, and is a big credit to them. It was… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would encourage you to try out this product. I believe you will not regret it because of the stability of the technology, and the other benefits you can get from Nutanix.
Vendor
Account Executive with 51-200 employees
Aug 13 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

What is most valuable?

It's an all-in-one solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Faster iOPs, and it frees up network traffic.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have larger HDDs.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for over one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's excellent, but expensive. Technical Support: It's excellent, but expensive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I resell all MFGs and needed to replace everything, as my…
Real User
Practice Manager - Cloud, Automation & DevOps at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 17 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Originally posted at vcdx133.com. This post provides a Tech101 breakdown of the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform. If you have heard the buzz-words “Nutanix”, “Web-Scale” and “Hyper-Convergence” and want to learn more about it, this post is for you. The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform (VCP) is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution. Termed the “iPhone” of infrastructure, what is the big deal? Short answer: Ease of use, fast deployment, linear scaling of performance with capacity and richness of product features. Why should you care? If you live in the world of monolithic and vertically scaled storage, you may have experienced the initial, massive cost of purchasing your storage solution with a 5 year ROI. Then comes the honey-moon period where you experience amazing…
Consultant
Technology Consultant, ASEAN at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 10 2015

What do you think of Nutanix Acropolis?

Nutanix is hyper-converged infrastructure, which is currently a major concern in the world of IT. New players are appearing in hyper-converged infrastructure like Simplivity, VMware EVO: Rail, EMC ScaleIO, and so forth. Waht is Hyper-Converged? Hyper-Converged is the solution to combine Computer (Server), Storage and Networks in one solution or in one hardware. This solution will reduce complexity of the management and also the price. So like in Nutanix, the 2 U Server, in which there are four independent servers (nodes), who each have 2 Socket CPU, RAM, 2x10GbE, 2x1GbE, 6 Disks. Bringing the total in 2U Server (Series NX-3450) there are 80 CPU Cores, 2TB RAM (assuming 512GB per node), 8x10GbE and 16TB SATA Row, Row 3.2TB SSD. Storage in Nutanix (Converged Storage), reduces the complexity…
Consultant
Virtualization Architect, Office of the CTO at API Systems, Inc.
May 07 2015

What is most valuable?

* Ease of administration * Monitoring and alerting features through Prism Web UI * Acceleration of non-persistent VDI through the shadow clone feature * Localization of I/O makes boot and login storms a thing of the past

How has it helped my organization?

Rather than spend valuable consulting days setting up a SAN and carving out LUNs, setting up the hosts, etc., I am now able to quickly configure a Nutanix Cluster in minutes. I use the majority of my consulting time fine tuning the VDI and SBC deployment’s performance and policies which is the most… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to Nutanix, we, like everyone else, pieced together our solution using HP Proliant servers, and NetApp SAN storage. Between ordering, qualifying, unboxing, setup and configuration, the amount of time required to get the client up and running was huge. We had to have experts on shared storage… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you decide to deploy Nutanix in your organization, choose the team wisely. We were fortunate to have our own CTO, Mark Knouse, be awarded the NTC title. As Nutanix aggressively adds new features and ways to buy into the platform, and the Nutanix community grows, having a trusted team with NTCs… more »
Vendor
System Engineer II at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 29 2015

What is most valuable?

I valued the high performance I/O and the high availability (HA).

What needs improvement?

This was a POC and due to the high cost of the solution we did not end up deploying the technology. Also the initial setup, and ongoing administration have room for improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As this was a POC there was no cost involved.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was a POC to look for a solution, but we did not have an equivalent solution in place.

What other advice do I have?

This solution has many advantages, but comes with a cost in dollars and complexity, so make sure you are thorough in your requirements, and that this product meets and exceeds all your short term and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other products were being reviewed at the time of this POC but we chose not to implement it.

What is Nutanix Acropolis?

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

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