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Likelihood to Recommend

Nutanix AHV

Nutanix is a good solution if:
  1. You cannot afford to have your services go offline.
  2. You want peace of mind that comes from total hardware redundancy.
  3. You are comfortable running commands through a terminal emulator.
  4. You want a system that largely manages itself in terms of keeping your VMs online.
  5. You're concerned more about bullets 1-4 than you are cost.
Nutanix is probably not a good solution for you if:
  1. 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.
  2. 24x7 uptime is not critical, there are cheaper and easier solutions to achieve near-constant uptime (see bullet one, above).
  3. You are not comfortable working at a command line or don't want to pay for tech support.
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vSphere

Good for an on-premise environment where you need control over your hardware and workloads. vSphere is suited for businesses of all sizes that require high-density workloads and want to minimize physical footprint if they can afford the cost of entry (licenses needed). Beware not to over-buy licensing needs for what is needed but when purchasing licensing, also be aware of what will be needed in 18-24 months in the future to size correctly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Nutanix AHV
9.4
vSphere
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Nutanix AHV
9.0
vSphere
9.0
Management console
Nutanix AHV
8.0
vSphere
8.9
Live virtual machine backup
Nutanix AHV
10.0
vSphere
9.0
Live virtual machine migration
Nutanix AHV
10.0
vSphere
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Nutanix AHV
10.0
vSphere
8.9

Pros

Nutanix AHV

  • Nutanix AHV removes the headache from clustering. Once it's set up--which a Nutanix rep completed--the system is largely self-managed.
  • It was a turnkey installation, and I was building virtual machines from day one.
  • The system automatically manages moving VMs from cluster to cluster when software updates are performed on the Nutanix system that require the nodes to be rebooted, so there is no down time.
  • System management from a web browser is easy management, as it can be managed from anywhere there is Internet connectivity.
  • It supports Windows and Linux VMs equally well, allowing access to the VMs from within the browser. This can be much easier than using remote desktop or VNC.
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vSphere

  • Makes your server hardware independent, so you no longer need to worry about hardware failure and where to find specific replacement parts.
  • Reallocation of server resources quickly and on the fly, so if your server is slowing down, you can beef it up with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Server recovery, when there is a problem, you can restore a backed up entire virtual server to the recovered host or a new host quickly and easily.
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Cons

Nutanix AHV

  • Nutanix has a huge learning curve. We purchased the on-line training course when we moved to the platform and it was literally weeks of instruction. It was so extensive, in fact, that we ran out of time to complete it before the test.
  • Operations that cannot be done from the browser require running commands from a terminal emulator; perhaps owing to the newness of the platform, documentation is not robust. I highly recommend you buy the tech support.
  • Software updates are sometimes rushed to release. I've gotten to where I wait at least a few weeks after release before installing them, as I've run into significant issues with buggy software. Such installations have required time-consuming tech support calls to resolve.
  • While the promise of perpetual VM uptime is being fulfilled, the dashboard frequently reports issues that need to be resolved.
  • Because of significant hardware redundancy, the cost per byte of storage capacity is high.
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vSphere

  • The Web client is annoying - Ever since they deprecated the C# client, the web client has been a pain to use. The newest HTML5 client seems to finally be addressing this concern, but I still want the fat client back. Nothing was more reliable.
  • SDN should be included in pricing - VMware could lead the world into a software-defined network revolution, but for now, it costs so much, that only the most mature IT environments and larger companies can afford to pay to play that game.
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Likelihood to Renew

Nutanix AHV

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We are constantly looking for change that will benefit our company. We are not ones to stick with a product simply because it is what we know, but rather looking for what fits us best. We can't imagine another product on the market today doing a better job of handling our infrastructure than vSphere.
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Support

Nutanix AHV

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Never called vSphere with a problem that they haven't been able to sort. Depending on your issue, you could have a minor quirk that they will email you back with suggestions or links to kb articles, or if it's major, then they will call in pretty fast and remote on to have a look.
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Implementation

Nutanix AHV

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Just make sure that when you implement, that the person implementing truly knows what they are doing and has a plan of action coming in. Since our initial implementation using a consulting service, I have implemented a few vSphere just from what I learned at the initial implementation and use over time, and the person implementing really needs to know what they are doing or you will miss out on features that may help you down the line
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Alternatives Considered

Nutanix AHV

There are other clustering solutions, to be sure. And there are significantly less expensive solutions for preventing downtime, such as Hyper-V replication, which is what I was using before Nutanix. But Nutanix is in the upper-right of the Gartner magic quadrant for hyperconverged solutions. If you want an all-in-one solution that comes highly rated by industry experts, it can be a great way to go. It was also selected because several peers had selected it and had good experiences. I've used Hyper-V (which you can run on Nutanix instead of AHV, by the way, although you lose many of the cool features AHV offers) and VMware (which you could also run on Nutanix), I have not found myself wholly missing either of those products by using AHV.
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vSphere

vSphere does not have any competition, Hyper-V is light years behind! VMWare has always been about innovation and great features. My company has relied on them for over 10 years now, always been satisfied. The only bad thing they have going for them is their price, apart from that they are untouchable. I would strongly suggest anyone looking at virtual solutions to immediately look into vSphere, do not waste your time checking out Hyper-V or other solutions, they just don't have all the features and capabilities Vsphere has.
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Return on Investment

Nutanix AHV

  • In the 20 months we have had Nutanix, our VMs have always been available. That was the goal with this purchase.
  • The peace of mind is incalculable. Automatic failover, total hardware redundancy, automatic VM provisioning--while it's not always easy to work with and causes headaches in other ways, the bottom line is we are always up and it fulfills its promise. While I cannot measure the ROI in dollars and cents, the reduction in stress is a significant ROI, and management is pleased, too.
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vSphere

  • We've had a positive ROI since deploying vSphere in our environment. We were able to minimize the number of physical servers we had running by combining some servers and their apps into one virtual machine. We also experience less downtime since vSphere is equipped with a failover feature that will allow another virtual machine to take over if we have problems with one system. The reporting feature allows us to stay on top of application performance, system errors, and other necessary tasks that keep our environment running smoothly.
  • The only negative impact we've had is in the finance category. Buying and maintaining licenses and maintenance agreements is very expensive.
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Pricing Details

Nutanix AHV

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

vSphere

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Nutanix AHV
7.0
vSphere
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Nutanix AHV
vSphere
9.0

Support

Nutanix AHV
vSphere
9.0

Implementation

Nutanix AHV
vSphere
9.0

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