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Likelihood to Recommend

Nutanix AOS

We have based our entire company on the Nutanix hardware and AOS to support all of our servers and clients that we use for our business. It has been a solid product with HA features that allow us to run our business without interruption. For virtualization it is the best solution I have used in the last 7 years. We have both high performance systems and those that require vast amounts of resources and we have found that Nutanix works well in both instances.
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

Starwind HCA is the perfect solution for small to medium businesses wanting the high availability of a cluster without the complexity of a traditional cluster/SAN architecture. In a 2 or 3 node setup, there is no need for a separate storage switch stack as the nodes can all be directly connected. This improves simplicity while still offering great availability and speed. In large enterprises where you want to have a large number of nodes, it may make more sense to separate the storage and compute stacks.
Brent Day | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Nutanix AOS

  • 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.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • Very little load on the base OS.
  • Easy management.
  • Works natively on Windows OS.
  • Does not require any special networking equipment or protocols to be enabled.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Nutanix AOS

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • Veeam backup and 5nine software were both on the quote and PO listed at zero quantity and price but were not included in the purchase. Items not included should not be listed on on quotes or PO's.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.1
Based on 5 answers
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
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Usability

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 8.3
Based on 3 answers
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.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Reliability and Availability

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 8.6
Based on 2 answers
So far no issue on availability during no issue on network or power outage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 8.5
Based on 3 answers
During initial testing we had an issue with being able to move servers between hosts but it turned out to be a driver mismatch between hosts. Once this was resolved with support, everything has been smooth sailing.
Aaron Loomis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.1
Based on 61 answers
Most are very good, performance is good. But some of the pre-build VMs took a longer time to boot up. Sometimes, we transfer data from one VM to another VM, it is actually bit slower than we expected. Other than those, we do not have other challeges.
Jackie Song | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Support Rating

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.6
Based on 69 answers
At Nutanix, support is one of their strongest points. Probably the best support I've worked with (EMC, HP, DELL, IBM, Netapp). Please note that most of these companies utilize third-party/partners for support in Brazil, so it's possible they have better support in other regions, especially USA.
Ricardo Mesquita | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 8.2
Based on 4 answers
Having dealt with a building fire and loosing all of our equipment, StarWind support went above and beyond in helping us getting back up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 8.6
Based on 2 answers
We requested more training than typical which was very in depth
CJ Rossetti | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Online Training

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Completed and video explanation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Implementation Rating

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
CJ Rossetti | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Alternatives Considered

Nutanix AOS

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.
Joe Lemaire | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

At the time of our purchase, we chose StarWind over Scale for the performance and affordability it offered over Scale's HC3 platform. From Sales to Service we had a very comfortable feeling from all teams at StarWind. We liked Scale's offerings, but StarWind for us was a clear choice.
Ben Poole | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Nutanix AOS

Nutanix AOS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Can add on new cluster and join it to existing cluster
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

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Return on Investment

Nutanix AOS

  • Found an immediate reclamation of time. SAN's are a pain to manage and update - Nutanix made turned a couple hours of work into one click.
  • They are a software company. Every Time they come out with an update I find my performance improving, or a new feature added. Soon I'll be able to give my developers controlled self-service capabilities. I originally bought hardware and it's evolving on me into a private cloud in a box.
Adam Savage | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • We reduced the maintenance cost and the number of vendors we have to interact with for the renewal of support every year.
  • We spend less time managing SANs, and the storage management for the HCA is pretty simple.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Nutanix AOS

General

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

StarWind HCA

General

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

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