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Nutanix Era is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Database Development and Management tools. It is most often compared to Oracle Enterprise Manager: Nutanix Era vs Oracle Enterprise Manager

What is Nutanix Era?

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications.

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Nutanix Era Customers

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Nutanix Era pricing:
  • "Licensing costs will be the main scalability problem."
  • "It's priced fairly... It's a good value. When you go looking for something from Oracle that automates things and makes your life easier, it's always going to be a minimum of $500,000. Era's nothing like that."
  • "Era is quite expensive. The thing that will be a showstopper for them in the long run is if you look at it from a technical perspective on what it provides and weigh it up against consolidation of multiple other software suites."
  • "The licensed-based pricing is confusing and too high."

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Ruan Van Staden
Academic Application Support at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good backup and validation process, saves us time, and they have a knowledgeable support team

What is our primary use case?

We ran testing for Microsoft SQL and MySQL. For Microsoft SQL, the test case was to do multiple database schema deployments on a single host. Then we had single database schemas on multiple hosts, and we also tested high availability clusters for Microsoft SQL on four host nodes.

Pros and Cons

  • "One feature that is very good is the backup and validation process that's built into Era."
  • "If there were data integration services included with the platform then it would be interesting, and it would help us a lot."

What other advice do I have?

During our PoC, we did the technical side of testing Nutanix, and we did some benchmarking on the performance, but we didn't really get into the performance optimization monitoring and tuning of the databases. Assessing and optimizing database performance is one of the reasons that we plan to do the pilot project. The delay was that we couldn't put our actual production systems online during the PoC because it's a bit difficult to intermix PoC with production. The plan is that when we go into the pilot, we will select better production databases that fit the different use cases, and then we…
JO
Database Architect at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Helps us cut database deployment times from weeks to hours

What is our primary use case?

We needed to migrate all of our Oracle databases to comply with Oracle licensing requirements. That's what led us to get Nutanix hardware because it's an all-in-one: storage, compute, everything. Oracle accepts that. You only have to license the CPUs within that hardware cluster. Since we were going to have to provision all of these new servers and all of these new databases, it seemed like a great time to automate that. That's what Era brought to the table, the automation of server and database provisioning. In addition to that, we were very interested in the one-click patching solution. And… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We have an enterprise-level backup product that we're required to use, so we don't rely on Era's version. [But] it could be an awesome first-line backup. It's very elegant the way they designed it. It's quick and it doesn't take up nearly as much storage space as traditional backups. It would definitely help to save on tier-one storage."
  • "The patching should be a one-button function. Also, it works about 80 percent of the time, but 20 percent of the time it requires manual intervention. And sometimes, until you understand the technical underpinnings of that process, you can't fix it. I thought we would move past that. In the last version, they broke a big chunk of that for me, and that's why I'm waiting for the new release because they promised me it would fix the problem."

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to engage with the Nutanix Era team as soon as possible to plan the implementation and to learn what you need to know about it. Make sure you read the documentation and work with the team so that you're comfortable troubleshooting any problems. In addition to the product being good, the support for Era is excellent. Take advantage of that to make it easy on yourself. We don't use it for snapshots and to clone databases, but if we did I believe it would decrease the time it takes to do those things. In our organization, there are three people who use the solution on the Unix…
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Heinrich Kruger
Senior Sql Server Database Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
A single solution that provides you new deployments and monitoring as well as everything in one bucket

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case was turnaround time from server deployments, patching, and database restoration. Our main approach was turnaround times on new deployments, patching, and restoring of databases. We can restore a 2TB database in about 45 minutes, if that. It used to take days to do a restore for our warehouse refresh. Now, it is literally taking under an hour, which is a drastic improvement.

Pros and Cons

  • "The patching is the most valuable feature. We spent a lot of time and effort on the patching of our SQL instances after hours. With Nutanix Era, you can schedule and automate them during your normal operational hours (during the day). You schedule all the patching, then everything happens automatically with minor tickets from the engineer. So, our patching, which took four hours, went down to an hour for the engineer. This is much better for us from a return on investment perspective."
  • "The initial setup was a little tedious and complex. If they could make the setup slightly more user-friendly, then that would definitely be beneficial. If they could give a clear indication of what ports are required across the business and multiple VLANs, then your prep work can be done beforehand and before you do the actual installation. Because the documentation that was provided was not 100 percent accurate, so we had to do a lot of custom firewall rules after we deployed Nutanix Era."

What other advice do I have?

If you look at the monitoring for long-running queries, it has given us good visibility of where the problem areas lie within the big databases. This gave us a good indication/direction to fix indexes and look at performance bottlenecks. It is a great product. I would definitely give it a 10 out of 10. With the technology that it provides and the simplicity of the actual solution, there is no one who can compete with it.
MS
Pre-sales Technical Solution Architect at Mustafa Sultan Office Technology Co. LLC
Reseller
Clients can use it for automatization as well as virtualization but patch management has caused issues

What is our primary use case?

We deploy the solution for companies we work within the areas we cover — like our Minister of Education. They work with a lot of colleges. So we help them to deploy Nutanix in the central data center at the Ministry of Education. The colleges are using the centralized database from their locations as a guest or a cloud entity.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has wizards that are very helpful in the installation, and it handles automation as well as virtualization once deployed."
  • "Patch management is an issue as it regularly causes stability problems."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Nutanix Era as a four or five. Because we have only been using the product for less than five months, we are still doing some evaluations and there is feedback pending from the customer experience. There is too much that we still need to discover. But the pricing and the stability are big problems. I will have to give this product a four.
EN
System Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Easy to use and stable with a straightforward setup

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to switch different phases of development, for example, to testing, prediction, etc., which are all quite easy to execute. It's an easy way to switch to one type of development and to use testing and prediction on cloning VM.

Pros and Cons

  • "Overall, the solution is very good. It's easy to use and simple to handle many actions, such as VM cloning, testing, and prediction."
  • "The solution needs to improve compatibility with other back-ups and products."

What other advice do I have?

We're reseller partners, and we sell various solutions to our customers. We only set up the solution for our customers; it's our customers that choose the deployment model they want to work with. If others are considering implementing the solution, I'd advise that the first check the availability and compatibility of the product against their existing systems and infrastructure. I'd rate the solution quite high, at about nine out of ten.
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