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Nutanix Files is the #11 ranked solution in our list of top File and Object Storage tools. It is most often compared to Qumulo: Nutanix Files vs Qumulo

What is Nutanix Files?

Nutanix Files (Files) enables you to share files across user work stations or VMs in a centralized protected location to eliminate the requirement for a third-party file server. Files uses a scale-out architecture that provides Server Message Block (SMB) file services to Windows clients for home share and user profiles. Files consists of three or more file server VMs (FSVM) or also known as a Files cluster. Files supports multiple file server clusters creation.

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JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, Volkswagen SAIC, Brighton and Hove City Council, Foresters Financial, Janus International Group, Cloud Comrade, Serco
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Sr. Systems Administrator at Enercare
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good management interface and reporting, helped us to consolidate our various file shares

Pros and Cons

  • "The management interface is great and you have handy access to several details about your file shares."
  • "The only thing I would say is missing for us it is FTP protocol compatibility."

What is our primary use case?

Our file share infrastructure was all messed up with several different solutions in place such as; Windows file servers, Hitachi NAS devices, Linux NFS repositories, and DFS. We were looking for a solution to replace and consolidate all our file share repositories in one single place and the Nutanix Files was the chosen solution.

We are very happy with it, as we were able to migrate hundreds of Windows file shares, Linux NFS, and the files seating on the Hitachi NAS to Nutanix with almost zero impact.

How has it helped my organization?

It is very fast, reliable, scalable, stable and It comes with very nice features, such as; built-in HA, analysis reporting, audit reports, DR replication, one-click upgrade, and some other cool features.

Now, we have much more control over our File Share environment. It is much easier to manage, and we've reduced the IT infrastructure footprint by 70%.

The built-in file analysis feature is also helping us a lot on the audit requests, as we can generate several different reports right away.

What is most valuable?

We were able to increase the file share environment's overall performance and availability. 

The HA feature (minimum of three instances), as well as the replication to another site using Nutanix Protection Domain (LEAP), is also a great addition to it.

The management interface is great and you have handy access to several details about your file shares. We didn't have any of that in our old file share environment.

What needs improvement?

The only thing I would say is missing for us it is FTP protocol compatibility. We still have some systems that use FTP to send and receive files, and we are missing that feature. The solution would be perfect for us with the FTP support, as we also have a lot of legacy FTP solutions in place spread across several different servers and platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nutanix Files for more than one year.

How was the initial setup?

The migration process was really smooth with minimal outage and disruption.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, we have been using Nutanix Files for more than one year and we are very happy with it.

We hope Nutanix can add the FTP protocol to the Nutanix Files so we can also leverage all of the great AOS capabilities in the FTP environment, as well.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Rohit Zanwar
System Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
An interface that is simple to use and the redundancy is good

What is our primary use case?

We have clustered our in-house environment and this includes our Nutanix Files server.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the interface and support. It is very simple to use. The redundancy is very good.

What needs improvement?

The storage could be improved. The implementation is a little bit complex and should be made easier. Better analysis capability of the files using the API would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nutanix Files for six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nutanix Files is flexible in terms of being able to scale it. If you are scaling out then you have to expand your file server, but it is an easy process.  We have approximately 300…

What is our primary use case?

We have clustered our in-house environment and this includes our Nutanix Files server.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the interface and support. It is very simple to use.

The redundancy is very good.

What needs improvement?

The storage could be improved.

The implementation is a little bit complex and should be made easier.

Better analysis capability of the files using the API would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Nutanix Files for six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nutanix Files is flexible in terms of being able to scale it. If you are scaling out then you have to expand your file server, but it is an easy process. 

We have approximately 300 people who are using data on the Nutanix Files server.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am generally satisfied with the technical support. However, one thing that needs to be improved is that you have to go through the hardware vendor for support in some circumstances.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is a little bit complex. You need to set up your management server, and you also have to do some virtualization. Windows File Server is easier to configure, where you can set it up all at once.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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AG
Senior Program Officer at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to manage, upgrade and do analytics of new data

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is stable and extremely easy to calibrate."
  • "The solution should increase its storage capabilities."

What is our primary use case?

We are a distributor of Nutanix Files. 

What is most valuable?

Nutanix Files is a complete solution in the Telco Machine and offers a host of benefits. These include easy management, upgrading and analytics of new data. 



What needs improvement?

The solution should increase its storage capabilities, as it has been required to make use of local data storage and local pockets and magnets. 

Also, I have had difficulty with Nutanix Files and with understanding Nutanix AOS. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with Nutanix Files since it was made available to new customers, for around two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and extremely easy to calibrate. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

While Nutanix Files are good when it comes to providing support, it could be faster. 

How was the initial setup?

I am a distributor and can manage the solution directly with the customer, who is usually a partner. Should the need arise, I can provide advice. 

What other advice do I have?

Nutanix Files is a free solution. I believe we have five customers making use of it. 

I would recommend the solution to customers who don't have great storage needs. 

I rate Nutanix Files as an eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Distributor
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