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What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere?


One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Nutanix Acropolis vs VMware vSphere.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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33 Answers

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Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures.

We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the issues of very high availability.

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Acropolis in itself is no product. 
Do we speak AOS or AHV Ort both?

AOS is the intelligence on Top of a hypervisor making AHV Or Vsphere an HCI Solution.

AHV is Nutanix own hypervisor managed completely with AOS, so there is no standalone offering , it always comes with AOS.

This seems to contradict the statement abviert, but Sinne you Can have AOS without AHV, you can make a clear distinction between both.

AHV has the advantage of being optimized tigertet with AOS. Together with ESXi, you still have to use two management tools for AOS + ESXi. AHV + AOS utilizes the same prism element. So, integration is the biggest difference between AHV and ESXi

For AOS and ESXi the answer is quite simple: you would have to compare VSAN with AOS. Then you see, the integration of products and resiliency in Nutanix is better.

Of your comparing features you have AHV on Par wo h ESXi.

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Question one:
Does the customer already have vSphere because than I would suggest not to use Acropolis? Nutanix wants to control the entire platform with its HCI solution like VMware.

Question 2:
Do you want to use NSX now or in the future? Use VMware, because if it will be supported and it would always give issues with the integrations with Acropolis.

Question 3:
Is the growth of the customer low? Then Nutanix can be a choice if it is bigger than VMware. Nutanix is not flexible in big site setups and can give big problems with updating.

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