Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure vs. Proxmox VE

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
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
Proxmox VE
Score 9.4 out of 10
N/A
Proxmox Virtual Environment is an open source server virtualization management solution based on QEMU/KVM and LXC. Users can manage virtual machines, containers, highly available clusters, storage and networks via a web interface or CLI. Proxmox VE code is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3. The project is developed and maintained by Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH.
$7.50
per month
Pricing
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureProxmox VE
Editions & Modules
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Community
€ 90
year & CPU socket
Basic
€ 280
year & CPU socket
Standard
€ 420
year & CPU socket
Premium
€ 840
year & CPU socket
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureProxmox VE
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsProxmox Virtual Environment's source code is published under the free software license GNU AGPL, v3 and thus is freely available for download, use and share. A Proxmox VE Subscription is an additional service program that helps IT professionals and businesses keep Proxmox VE deployments up-to-date. A subscription provides access to the stable Proxmox VE Enterprise Repository delivering software updates and security enhancements, technical help and support.
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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
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Unlimited VM without extra licensing. The AOS is based on KVM.
Proxmox VE

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Features
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureProxmox VE
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
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Ratings
Proxmox VE
9.2
10 Ratings
10% above category average
Virtual machine automated provisioning00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Management console00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security00 Ratings8.79 Ratings
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User Ratings
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureProxmox VE
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(72 ratings)
9.3
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(4 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
8.6
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(51 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(54 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
8.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
5.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureProxmox VE
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
We used Proxmox to implement private cloud services, for clusters
of a small number of servers, from 3 to 11 with and without high
availability. Allways with ZFS file systems, and we used to install the
root pool in SSDs mirrored and use other pools with RAID 10 in groups of
four, for the virtual machines and containers, for the backups and snapshots, we used magnetic disks with RAID 10, in groups of four. Do
not use an even number of servers because does not facilitates the
implementation of High Availability, because the corosync service must
have an odd number of servers to detect a failed server for the quorum
system. We used a variety of servers, from clone PCs with AMD Ryzen with 6 cores and 12 threads with 64 GB of RAM no ECC, to high end servers with 64 cores and 128 threads per cpu and 2 cpus per server, with AMD EPYC Rome or Milan, 2 terabytes of RAM ECC.
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Pros
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • BackUp System, provides extensive propiertes and verifications. An exclusive server for BackUp Administration (PBS)
  • Hardware Customization. You can select several properties to adapt the hardware to your needs
  • Easy administration. You will be able to manage the server with easily accessible tools such as the web console and usage statistics.
  • Certificates Administration.
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Cons
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • Can't manage ZFS replication or snapshots as easily as I'd like
  • Encrypted disks aren't easily deployed in VMs
  • Moving disks between VMs is not automated
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE provides the most capable, yet stable virtualization platform in the market today. Licensing options are also competitive and cost-effective for support, and support is extremely fast and knowledgable of getting issues resolved as quickly and soundly as possible.
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Usability
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
Out of every product I have used for this, Proxmox VE is the most concise, clear, and functional I have ever seen. I continue to use Proxmox VE even after occasionally comparing alternatives available because of it's usability, design concept, and great support of features. It's very unlikely I will find a product that can even compete with Proxmox VE in every angle of what Proxmox VE provides.
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Reliability and Availability
Nutanix
So far no issue on availability during no issue on network or power outage
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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE's ha-cluster functionality is very much improved, though does have a not-very-often occurrence of failure. In a 2-node cluster of Proxmox VE, HA can fail causing an instance that is supposed to migrate between the two nodes stop and fail until manually recovered through the command-line tools provided. Other than this, the HA clustering capability of Proxmox VE has proven to be reliable in 3 or more clustered environments with much less chance of these failures to occur.
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Performance
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE's interfacing is always fast to load, both the Web interface and the command-line tool interfaces. Reporting is practically real time almost all the time, and you can see everything in mere seconds, easily able to identify if something is wrong or it everything is in tip-top shape as always desired
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Support Rating
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
They are fast, understanding, very intelligent, know their product very well, fast, responsive, and concise. Need I say more?
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In-Person Training
Nutanix
We requested more training than typical which was very in depth
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Proxmox Server Solutions
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Online Training
Nutanix
A lot of online training courses, most of them are free.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
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Implementation Rating
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
It worked, was easy and super fast to deploy, and provided everything we needed in a matter of minutes
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Alternatives Considered
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE is cheaper than VMware, especially upscaling an HA architecture. Compared with other free or less expensive solutions, Proxmox VE is high compatible with more types of hardware solutions and more VM types. From my point of view, Proxmox VE has no competitor at the same price level, it offers the most complete and production-ready HA solution.
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Scalability
Nutanix
We have scaled our products over the years and continue to do so very easily.
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Proxmox Server Solutions
Proxmox VE provides everything you need to quickly add new storage mediums, network and local, as well as networking interfaces, such as using Linux standard bridges and now Open-vSwitch bridges which can be even more scalable than before. Proxmox VE 4.0 dropped support for OpenVZ in favor of the more well supported and native LXC and made an upgrade path to it very simple.
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Return on Investment
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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Proxmox Server Solutions
  • Proxmox has allowed to us to do more with less. We can invest in a single (or multiple if clustering) host with a decent specification, and run most of our infrastructure on it.
  • Open source technologies allowed us to re-use previous skills and knowledge. There was very little onboarding required because we already knew Debian, KVM, ZFS, etc.
  • Virtualisation has vastly reduced the amount of time required to maintain all our systems. Everything is so much more organised and lends itself to automation (with Ansible, in our case).
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