Likelihood to Recommend
Nutanix is a good solution if:
- You cannot afford to have your services go offline.
- You want peace of mind that comes from total hardware redundancy.
- You are comfortable running commands through a terminal emulator.
- You want a system that largely manages itself in terms of keeping your VMs online.
- You're concerned more about bullets 1-4 than you are cost.
- Cost is your primary concern. In this case, you would probably be better served using something like Microsoft's Hyper-V replication, which is included with the cost of a Windows Server license.
- 24x7 uptime is not critical, there are cheaper and easier solutions to achieve near-constant uptime (see bullet one, above).
- You are not comfortable working at a command line or don't want to pay for tech support.
- 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!
- 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.
Administrator in Information TechnologyMachinery Company, 501-1000 employees
Nutanix AOS 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Nutanix support is very easy to engage. On any occasion that I have had the need to engage support they respond quickly and are extremely knowledgeable. We have not had any issue yet that cannot be solved in 1 or 2 support calls. They also return calls on the ticket within 2 hours.
We looked at both Simplivity and Cisco HyperFlex. Both are pretty good in their own right. Simplivity was very 'efficient' in the way they handled data, but we didn't like the idea of a propitiatory hardware card. Cisco's HyperFlex was our second choice, but we were so impressed with what Nutanix had done for us already, that we were already leaning toward that.
Return on Investment
- We have replaced 3/4 a rack of legacy hardware into a 2U, 4node cluster, reducing vmware licensing costs
- Scales very easy, add cables, and copy port config over... new system is ready to go in under an hour
- reduction of support costs of legacy hardware
Professional in Information TechnologyLogistics and Supply Chain Company, 1001-5000 employees
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?