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Highlights

Nutanix AOS and VMware vSAN are hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) products. VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage system designed to be used with other VMware products, such as vSphere and vCenter, to form a complete HCI system. Nutanix AOS, on the other hand,  is sold as a single-pane-of-glass HCI solution. Both products are used primarily (and nearly equally) by mid-size and enterprise-level organizations, probably because smaller businesses are less likely to be able to afford or gain significant benefits from software-defined IT solutions.

Features

Both Nutanix AOS and VMware vSAN offer data availability and speed benefits as compared to traditional data storage, but they have important differences.

First and foremost, Nutanix AOS is a fully-integrated HCI solution offering software-defined storage, compute, and networking capabilities. Users appreciate Nutanix AOS’s one-click upgrade system, which makes it simple to keep the platform up-to-date. The product’s single-pane-of-glass management UI is popular with administrators, and the system is backed up with a solid, responsive support team.

Rather than being a complete solution on its own, VMware vSAN is the storage component of a HCI platform. It’s designed to integrate with vSphere, vCenter, and the rest of the VMware ecosystem, making it a natural choice for IT departments with existing VMware products. Its fault tolerance tools help keep critical data safe, and once implemented, it runs on its own without requiring much attention or dedicated management.

Limitations

Despite their strengths, it’s important to consider the drawbacks of both VMware vSAN and Nutanix AOS before committing to one or the other.

VMware vSAN (and the VMware suite in general) can be costly. Licenses are expensive on their own, and some advanced features require an upgraded license. Additionally, VMware vSAN requires at least one physical storage drive on every node in the system, adding additional hardware costs when scaling up. VMware’s support can also be spotty at times, with some users experiencing long response times or no response at all.

Nutanix AOS, however, can be difficult to set up initially. Users migrating from existing HCI systems report a rocky setup experience, even with support from Nutanix. Their one-click upgrade system isn’t perfect, and can fail at times or experience interference from certain hardware drivers. Additionally, Nutanix AOS’s GUI and command-line interface aren’t at parity, leaving some users frustrated that they have to resort to console commands for certain features.

Pricing

Nutanix AOS offers a free Community Edition intended for internal and non-production testing only. Pricing information for the paid version of Nutanix AOS and for VMware vSAN is available via a quote from the vendors or their sales partners.

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

VMware vSAN

For an SMB, vSAN and other hyper-converged products seem to provide a cost-benefit especially as it relates to future growth and reduced management. VMware vSAN is not, however, a simple-to-understand product. It can be easy to set up and deploy with the proper understanding, but there are serious complexities that need to be understood and mitigated for you to be successful and very happy with its long term care and operation.
Anonymous | 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

VMware vSAN

  • Provide management for computing and storage in one place.
  • Improved business agility.
  • Unify resources under policy based management
  • Improve security for data.
Dmitry Malafeev | 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

VMware vSAN

  • I have not found anything about VSAN that needs improvement. It does what it is supposed to do, and is easy to work with.
Brent Runyan | 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

VMware vSAN

No score
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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

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 9.3
Based on 4 answers
Deploying and configuring VSAN is a relatively simple process for people that are already used to working in virtual environments, primarily for those that are familiar with vSphere. The compatibility of those two products is amazing. You shouldn't really encounter any issues and if you do, you surely did something wrong.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

VMware vSAN

No score
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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

VMware vSAN

No score
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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

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 6.5
Based on 6 answers
Support is (as always forVMware) top notch and easy to work with. The majority of computer companies are outsourcing their tech staff, and it seems they do as well. But their guys know the product well and are quick to respond to your ticket (if the severity is right!).
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

VMware vSAN

No score
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Online Training

Nutanix AOS

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

VMware vSAN

No score
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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

VMware vSAN

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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

VMware vSAN

vSAN is far more integrated than any other SDS solution running on vSphere. It is also a simpler deployment and management model.
Philip Sellers | 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

VMware vSAN

No score
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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

VMware vSAN

  • We spent less on a per gigabyte basis for our vSAN solution than we would have for competing products.
  • We received more pure storage for our vSAN solution than we would have for the same budget with a competing product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Nutanix AOS

General

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

VMware vSAN

General

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

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