FlexPod vs. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FlexPod
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
FlexPod is a converged infrastructure option developed by NetApp and Cisco. FlexPod is available in streamlined and simplified Express version, and the FlexPod Datacenter edition for enterprise private clouds, VDI, scale-out infrastructure, or software defined data centers.N/A
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Nutanix in San Jose, California offers their software-defined Enterprise Cloud as a hyper-converged infrastructure solution. The Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure solution combines the Nutanix Acropolis virtualization solution, Nutanix AHV hypervisor (though Acropolis works with other hypervisors), Prism cluster manager, Nutanix Calm and Nutanix Flow server management, and is available on the Nutanix NX series of server hardware appliances, as well as third-party OEM appliances.N/A
Pricing
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Considered Both Products
FlexPod
Chose FlexPod
I have made use of Smartstack, vBlock and Flashstack, as well as other mixes of storage and virtualization hosts, and FlexPod is probably still my favorite. While something like a Nimble Smartstack or Pure Flashstack is easier to maintain, I love the in depth information and …
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
  • Simplicity, fewer components, scale out architecture
  • No fabric interconnects, fibre channel, no san, no fcoe needed whatsoever
  • Another benefit: you can manage everything using one HTML5 interface
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Best Alternatives
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Small Businesses

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StarWind HCA
StarWind HCA
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies

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StarWind HCA
StarWind HCA
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises

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VMware vSAN
VMware vSAN
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(2 ratings)
9.0
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(51 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(54 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
FlexPodNutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco + NetApp
FlexPod is great for mid to large size companies, where the flexibility and depth of a traditional SAN and high performance servers is required. For smaller companies, it might make more sense to go with a hyper converged solution such as Hyperflex or Nutanix (both of which can still run on Cisco UCS servers, but would not be making use of Netapp storage), to meet the requirements in a smaller footprint.
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Nutanix
I would highly recommend using Nutanix HCI for any of your infrastructure needs. I would highly suggest saving money and using the free included AHV hypervisor. The performance is incredible, and the data reduction capabilities are on par with vSAN. I would only recommend using ESXi with Nutanix AOS if AHV does not yet support some one-off configurations or if you still want to use horizon while the frame is still growing.
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Pros
Cisco + NetApp
  • Single Pane of Glass Server Administration.
  • Ease of firmware upgrades.
  • Incredible support when you have an issue. The Cisco/NetApp/VMware FlexPod support teams work together and drive your issues down to the root cause.
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Nutanix
  • One-click upgrades; whether it's hypervisor, firmware, disk or other updates. This feature has drastically decreased complexity and administration time.
  • Data Locality. Not all hyperconverged technology is created equal. When I first purchased Nutanix they were the only vendor (and as far as I know, still are) that made sure the storage a VM used was on the same host that VM was running on. Given a normal operating state, the [storage] network is literally only used for replication data.
  • They got rid of traditional RAID. Nutanix uses software to determine where a VM's storage should be written and replicated to. This dramatically decreases I/O when changing the number of nodes in a cluster, be it on purpose or during a failure scenario. Ex. adding a new node: If one uses RAID arrays then enough space has to be set aside to create a new array that includes the new node, then all the information has to be copied over, and the old array destroyed. RAID arrays do not grow and shrink gracefully so Nutanix has designed a better solution.
  • The Nutanix management interface was built on HTML5. No more flash headaches!
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Cons
Cisco + NetApp
  • KVM control of the blades still requires Java. Avocent is using HTML5 now, and it would be nice if the KVM console for these UCS blades could too.
  • Price - Like any Cisco product, there are cheaper options. They aren't nearly as fully featured, but at times, it would be nice if UCS could be a bit cheaper.
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Nutanix
  • Can be priced high at times.
  • The one downside I have working with Nutanix is the sales team. They seem to try to add in extra goodies to sales quotes or push for extras that you don't really need and you have to tell them to take them out. Don't be afraid to push back on them.
  • Need to analyze sizing with sales team to ensure right sizing.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
AOS definitely make our dev/test virtual environment management much easier than before. And the consolidation the test/dev environment from Azure and Cisco UCS, we have less need to transfer large amount of data between different hardware platforms which was very big challenge. To expand the capacity is very easy to archive as well.
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Usability
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
The learning curve on it is very low and easy to use. It is very user friendly and easy to understand.
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
So far no issue on availability during no issue on network or power outage
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Performance
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
Nutanix AOS performance is light years ahead of HPE. We were nervous about using Nutanix AHV but it has been a vast improvement and saves on cost. Applications has been much improved and end users have commented. It has also freed up time for our Network Administrators and made their lives easier.
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Support Rating
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
Modernizing with HCI, which creates private cloud-like data centers, is, for many organizations, the first step in their digital transformation. Companies that have kept their eye on the long game and made decisions based on a fully-developed ROI analysis have found themselves uniquely positioned to make the critical operational changes the COVID-19 situation has demanded.
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In-Person Training
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
We requested more training than typical which was very in depth
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Online Training
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
A lot of online training courses, most of them are free.
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Implementation Rating
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
IPv6 is needed for link local discovery. We do not have IPv6 configured on our network so the easiest way to get our nodes configured and discovered by foundation was to configure the IPv4 addressing within the node prior to trying to discover with foundation.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco + NetApp
Being a Cisco shop already it was a natural fit to go with a solution based on their technology. Then add in VMware which we are were already using - that was two out of the three for the FlexPod. Then factor in NetApp's de-duplication technology and flexibility in configuration and options and it's a match made in heaven. Not to say we haven't had some stumbles and some issues but it works and it works well.
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Nutanix
We've decided to go for both VxRail and Nutanix AOS to make sure we can get the best deals from both sides. I appreciate this may not be a path most companies can go down, but always good to have a bit of healthy competition between vendors to ensure you're getting the best pricing from both sides!
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Scalability
Cisco + NetApp
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Nutanix
We have scaled our products over the years and continue to do so very easily.
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Return on Investment
Cisco + NetApp
  • FlexPod has allowed our team to be extremely quick to resopnd to new VM build requests. The amount of RAM, CPU and backplane offered by B series blades allows us to go with very high VM density. The quick deployment of service profile templates also means that when we have to add new hosts, it is done quicker.
  • FlexPod and the service profile portability (along with VMware) has allowed for full upgrades and migrations from M1/M2 series hardware to M4 hardware without any downtime or outages to the clients. Blades can be moved into new chassis, or service profiles moved to new generation blades, with no impact to the customers' ability to work.
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Nutanix
  • We save money with an all-inclusive pricing model and cut out of extra pieces we no longer need
  • The management of this product is minimal and save time and resources.
  • We found that the N+1 portion is working well but not identified well.
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