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Highlights

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.

Community Pulse

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    VMware ESXi

    87%
    VMware ESXi ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    117 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    129 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    111 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    117 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    118 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • VMware ESXi is rated higher in 11 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.3

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    93%
    94 Ratings
    9.4

    VMware ESXi

    94%
    130 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.3

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    83%
    7 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    5 Ratings

    Usability

    8.2

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    82%
    5 Ratings
    9.3

    VMware ESXi

    93%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    8.7

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    87%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    8.9

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    89%
    127 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    9.5

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    95%
    112 Ratings
    9.2

    VMware ESXi

    92%
    114 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.6

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    86%
    2 Ratings

    VMware ESXi

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.1

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    91%
    3 Ratings

    VMware ESXi

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    91%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.6

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    86%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware ESXi

    90%
    1 Rating

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    5.2

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    52%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware ESXi

    90%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    9.1

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    91%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    5.2

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    52%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    5.2

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    52%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    VMware ESXi

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Nutanix

    I think Nutanix AOS is a great product and, I would recommend it to anyone. The only reason I did not give it a 10 out of 10 is because I don't do that for any product. Every product has room for improvement.
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    VMware

    I have seen and managed VMware environments of various sizes from a larger company down to small and medium businesses. I feel it is an excellent solution for all business sizes. For anyone looking for a virtual environment for their infrastructure, it works well and can scale easily as a business grows. The tools provided make management simple, and VMware support is one of the best experiences I have ever had out of all of the companies I have dealt with. They are a benchmark in that regard.
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    Pros

    Nutanix

    • One component to support both compute and storage needs for virtualization.
    • Easy expandable as business needs arise both at the node level and larger with blocks.
    • Well outlined interface with good historical data.
    • API tools are available to obtain logging information from Nutanix that can be used with other monitoring tools such as Splunk.
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    VMware

    • VMware ESXi provides a wizard for the hypervisor to be installed making it very easy to configure on almost any bare metal box.
    • It provides an easy interface to see information about the Virtual Machines you have set on the VMware ESXi hypervisor.
    • VMware ESXi is also very easily upgradable. The hypervisor takes care of all the necessary tasks prior to a hypervisor upgrade, allowing for peace of mind when upgrading and no effect on the virtual machines you have running.
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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

    • It would be nice if it was easier to upgrade between versions/releases
    • Trying to find some of their software downloads can be difficult, as their website is not the greatest - also requires you to be logged in to view any of their software downloads (which is difficult if you're working with a reseller)
    • When you click on "Virtual Network Cards" as a hotlink - it generally breaks your session. So that small bug could also be patched.
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    Pricing Details

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      VMware ESXi

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      VMware ESXi editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Nutanix

        We made a huge financial investment with this platform (four clusters, all-flash storage array), so we're in it for the long haul. Luckily it's a beast. I've had to use support more than any other platform I've administered, but the help has been very good. Nutanix continues to add features and innovations which increase the ROI
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        VMware

        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

        While you are going to have to comfortable with CLI to perform a lot of functions, the truth is most of the day-to-day work is done right through the web interface. That's one area that has improved a lot in the two years I've had it: how much can be done through the browser as opposed to the command line. And I still would like to see the system better documented. The articles often seem to presume a high level of knowledge about the system, making it difficult sometimes to complete tasks that I would like to be able to perform without contacting tech support.
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        VMware

        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

        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

        The performance is nothing short of amazing. This is an HCI solution, and as any all-flash HCI solution is amazingly fast, Nutanix AOS fills local IO requests until its local IO is saturated before reaching out over the network. This lowers latency substantially compared to vSAN.
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        VMware

        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

        Our implementation team were great and worked with us and got the program up and running very easily. Every time we called post implementation we immediately talked to an Engineer, which is so unusual in dealing with companies. Everything they have promised they have full filled. I think their support is top notch.
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        VMware

        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

        No answers on this topic

        Online Training

        Nutanix

        A lot of online training courses, most of them are free.
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        VMware

        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

        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

        Nutanix [AOS] is a hyper-converged solution, and in the vSphere it was originally designed for the use of SAN, although they also have a hyper-converged solution. But the architecture and load testing showed the inconsistency of the hyper-converged solution from VMware.
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        VMware

        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

        No answers on this topic

        VMware

        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

        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

        • It is a highly redundant solution
        • Nutanix [AOS] provides a simple easy to manage HCI platform with a reduced TCO and an increased ROI
        • Centralized management solution of consolidated sever and storage solution in a virtualized environment which minimizes wastage of valuable resourses
        • Offers businesses the agility and flexibility to run other virtualized platforms on the Nutanix environment
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        VMware

        • Positive for management and support of IT infrastructure.
        • Maximising available computing power -IE, Microsoft's hypervisor run's on top of Windows which uses a lot of computing power.
        • With vCenter being able to manage everything in one place, less trained users are needed to manage large numbers of ESXi hosts and SAN's etc.
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