Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure vs. VMware ESXi

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Score 9.0 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
VMware ESXi
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
A bare-metal hypervisor that installs directly onto a physical server. With direct access to and control of underlying resources, VMware ESXi partitions hardware to consolidate applications and cut costs.N/A
Pricing
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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
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
We initially were managing our storage and virtualized appliances through a couple of different software. When we switched to Nutanix AOS, we were allowed a single point of entry for ease of management. This allowed us a more efficient process in regards to ensuring stability …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
The cost of vBlock is just enormous and it is more suited for massive enterprises where you'll need an entire datacentre in a box.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Unlimited VM without extra licensing. The AOS is based on KVM.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Other HCI products used or evaluated have been Acuity, HC3, Hyperflex, Maxta, Overt, Proxmox, Simplivity, Symphony, VXRack. Nutanix was really first to market and has had many first features available in their product, familiarity with the product, and our organization's track …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
I've been a big Nimble fan and would consider it if I was deploying in a green field site (it always comes down to price of course).
Nutanix are an existing supplier so for now it makes the choice easier.
We did look at VxRail but again for the VDI solution Nutanix won out.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
We really haven't done much with the other modules. Our organization is small enough that implementing most of them would have been overkill and rarely utilized. It doesn't mean we never will, but it wasn't a need as we stand today. With our next refresh, I would like to look …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
We made benchmarks and evaluated other storage solutions. But the HCI component and the integration from storage, computer, virtualization are what mostly made the choice clear for us.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix AOS provides simplified, stable, fast deployment, security, and easy operations.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix AOS is by far the superior leader when compared against this competition. They are quicker and more reliable. Also, the functionality is much more advanced and simplicity leading.
Automation is wonderful, and the performance of its tools works without fail. I have not …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix AOS has proven to be easier to manage. Upgrades are easier to perform and don't require advanced licensing for one click upgrades.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix AOS blows the competition out of the water for its simplicity and performance.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
When we evaluated, VSAN was not nearly as stable or mature as the Nutanix platform was. Capacities and upgrade operations were more flexible/mature on Nutanix.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix AOS is ​​very easy to scale up
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
The Nutanix ecosystem blew vSAN out of the water in size, overhead, and general functionality. vSAN rides on top of VMware, where Nutanix is a whole system built from the ground up to service virtualization. Cost of vSAN was much more expensive than our Nutanix install and …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Infrastructure capabilities:
- Different hypervisors and therefore not tied to a single hypervisor for future choices.
- Converting the cluster into another hypervisor - no data migration.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
Nutanix is the leader in this space for a reason. Well thought out. Excellent execution and superior support have been the hallmark of this company. VX, even with the might and money of VMware behind the product falls short in execution. Data locality in Nutanix gives them the …
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
I personally prefer the Nutanix approach based on their hardware, software, and firmware integration. The technical options and features make it a great product to be working with.
Chose Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
We have used, and still currently use VMWare for our hyper-visor in many respects, it is what was used entirely. While Nutanix's Acropolis is missing a few features because of it being a newer hyper-visor, none of them are deal breakers and the cost savings is absolutely …
VMware ESXi
Chose VMware ESXi
VMware stacks up well to just about every product on the market and will keep your business running with high availability.
Chose VMware ESXi
As long as you're using Nutanix AOS on Nutanix hardware and are paying their software support fees, AOS is a valid competitor to VMware and can save money due to not needing a license and having their server management system built into the base host management system. If you …
Chose VMware ESXi
If you're strapped for cash or tied to Microsoft completely, then Hyper-V might be for you. I have used both and having VMware ESXi at the host and kerel level is much more fluid and makes sense. I would estimate 80% of enterprises run VMware ESXi vs any other Level-1 or 2 …
Chose VMware ESXi
When we bought VMware ESXi ten or so years ago, there weren't a lot of other competitors in the market. Nutanix didn't exist yet, and Hyper-V was in its infancy. Since then, Hyper-V has matured, and other products like Nutanix have come on the market as more fully developed …
Chose VMware ESXi
At the time of standardizing, Vmware ESXi was a more industry mature product with better support and best integration with 3rd party offerings.
Chose VMware ESXi
Barring the licensing costs, ESXi brings substantial benefit over Hyper-V. However, Hyper-V does offer much more simplistic management. ESXi is more capable in VM recovery events over Hyper-V. Nutanix AHV, particularly for medium and large businesses, offer a more dynamic, …
Chose VMware ESXi
We have adopted Nutanix Acropolis as a replacement for our NetApp and a long term replacement for VMWare. VMWare will be interoperable with Nutanix in the near future as a datastore to allow us to slowly migrate to Acropolis or continue to utilize VMWare. VMWare is definitely …
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Highlights

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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure and VMware Exsi are both used to virtualize IT environments, though they take different approaches to doing so.  Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is a hyper-converged infrastructure tool designed to optimize legacy IT infrastructure.  VMware Exsi is a server virtualization tool designed to allow a single machine to run multiple instances of guest operating systems.  Both tools are most popular with mid-sized businesses and large enterprises that have complex IT infrastructures in need of consolidation.

Features

Though Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure and VMware Exsi both allow for virtualization, they also have some standout features that set them apart from each other. 

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is hardware and hypervisor agnostic, meaning it will work for businesses utilizing hypervisors like VMware Exsi, so businesses will have no trouble implementing Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure.  Nutanix is also a largely complete tool out of the box, allowing businesses to modernize datacenters out of the box.  Businesses will also have an easy time learning to use Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, as the vendor provides documentation that explains the product in extensive detail.

VMware Exsi is a type 1 hypervisor, meaning it specializes in deploying virtual machines on a host operating system.  Along with other products in the VSphere package, VMware Exsi makes it easy for businesses to create and manage multiple virtual machines, reducing hardware needs. VMware Exsi also offers high performance in terms of read/write speeds.

Limitations

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure and VMware Exsi both help businesses modernize complex infrastructures, but they also have some limitations that are important to consider.

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is not a hypervisor, so businesses that are strictly looking for a bare metal hypervisor will have to look at other tools, like VMware Exsi.  Additionally, compared to the VSphere package, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure doesn’t offer I/O speeds that are quite as dast.  Nutanix AOS is ideal for businesses looking for a flexible, single product that will reduce complexity in their legacy IT systems.

VMware Exsi allows for simple hosting of guest operating systems, but it isn’t as robust as Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure without the rest of the VSphere suite of products.  Additionally, while VMware does provide support for its users, it doesn’t include the detailed documentations that Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure provides, so users will have a harder time learning the tool on their own.  VMware Exsi is ideal for businesses already using the VMware platform, or who are solely looking for a bare metal hypervisor.

Pricing

Detailed pricing for Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is available by quote from the vendor. 

VMware Exsi is available for free as part of the vSphere Hypervisor package, which includes essential tools for server virtualization. Additionally, the vSphere enterprise packages include VMware Exsi along with other VMware software, licensing, and support. Licensing for the vSphere package starts at $995.00 and can reach as high as $5395.00. Support and software subscriptions start at $270.00 per year and can reach as high as $2769.00 per year.

Features
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureVMware ESXi
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure
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Ratings
VMware ESXi
8.7
127 Ratings
4% above category average
Virtual machine automated provisioning00 Ratings8.4115 Ratings
Management console00 Ratings8.8127 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup00 Ratings8.5111 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration00 Ratings9.3115 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security00 Ratings8.3116 Ratings
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User Ratings
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureVMware ESXi
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(72 ratings)
8.9
(128 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(6 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(4 ratings)
9.1
(5 ratings)
Availability
8.6
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(51 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(54 ratings)
9.9
(55 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
(3 ratings)
Configurability
8.6
(2 ratings)
9.9
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
5.4
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.2
(2 ratings)
9.9
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
5.2
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Nutanix Cloud InfrastructureVMware ESXi
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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VMware by Broadcom
If you're looking for the industry standard in server virtualization, I would recommend ESXi. After decades of expertise in the field, VMware continues to provide a strong product, production-ready, with an easy-to-learn interface that allows for quick management along with less costly upfront onboarding and training. Grab the free personal-use license and install in your homelab to start!
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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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VMware by Broadcom
  • Resource management. The automatic load balancing works very well to ensure no host is taxed disproportionately compared to the others.
  • Templates and cloning. It is very easy to set up a template and spin up new servers based on a specific setup. This makes server management very streamlined.
  • VM management. The vSphere interface is very easy to use and navigate. Everything is responsive and it works when you need it to. The options are also robust while also being arranged in a straightforward manner.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
  • VMware ESXi can improve on the UI that is installed on the bare metal machine. The menus can be hard to navigate when looking for simple configuration items.
  • VMware ESXi can improve on the stability of their overall hypervisor. There have been a few times we had to reinstall due to corruption of VMware ESXi.
  • I would like to see VMware ESXi do better at adding more standard free features in their consumer version of VMware ESXi. For example, having the ability to back up virtual machines is good practice and something that would be very nice if offered in their free version.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
It is critical to our business, what started out as a way to do certain functions, it has now become core to ensuring our product is available to our customers and reducing our costs to operate and reduce our recovery time and provisioning servers. Their support is great and the costs to renew is reasonable.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
The interface is fairly intuitive for most things, and the areas that are a little less obvious usually have fantastic documentation in the online knowledgebase. In 3-4 years of managing our ESXi hosts, I think that I have only opened 4-5 support cases for things that I could not figure out myself or find answers to on the website.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
Without the need to patch the servers with bug fixes and enhancements we whave not experienced any downtime with VMware issues. Even the bug fixes and updates do not cause of downtime as we just migrate the servers to the opposite node and update the one and then move servers back. Very simple and painless.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
We do not notice any difference between a physical and virtual server running the same workload. In fact we can scale quicker with the virtual server than we can with the physical.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
I can't say enough good about VMware's support team. To an individual they take ownership of the case, provide thorough answers, and follow up regularly. On one occasion, a problem we experienced with NSX Endpoint was escalated to development for a permanent resolution after a workaround was found. In my experience, most companies would have tried to find a way to close a case like that instead of taking it all the way. Most importantly, when production is down and every second counts, they VMware teams understand that urgency and treat your issue as if it were the only one they had to deal with. You can't ask for better.
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In-Person Training
Nutanix
We requested more training than typical which was very in depth
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VMware by Broadcom
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Online Training
Nutanix
A lot of online training courses, most of them are free.
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VMware by Broadcom
No answers on this topic
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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VMware by Broadcom
Jsut read and follow anything your storage provider may require to allow the integration of VMware with storage operations, outside of that VMware jsut works.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
As long as you're using Nutanix AOS on Nutanix hardware and are paying their software support fees, AOS is a valid competitor to VMware and can save money due to not needing a license and having their server management system built into the base host management system. If you aren't using Nutanix hardware, however, VMWare is in most cases the best way to go. I cannot comment on HyperV, but most IT people I know either use it because they have to (most) or they like it better (not many).
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Nutanix
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VMware by Broadcom
it has been fair and easy to understand. I know VMware is looking at wanting to change from CPU to core pricing so we will see what that looks like when it happens.
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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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VMware by Broadcom
We started out with a two-server cluster and adding a third or fourth is very straightforward and simple with no issues. You just need to be aware of the size of your Vcenter Server to handle the workload, but still the resources needed is very minimal
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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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VMware by Broadcom
  • VMWare ESXi licensing is affordable for our business - and the licensing model is simplistic. Not like that of Microsoft with having to keep track of server licenses and CAL licenses for users.
  • VMWare ESXi also has hardware-monitoring built-in, so that further saves us money from having to be spent with another vendor.
  • As much as I hate the saying "a single pane of glass" does fit for this product. You can manage your servers, monitor hardware status, create and export backup snapshots, manage virtual NICs, connect to various storage devices. We're very happy with this product.
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