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Likelihood to Recommend

Nutanix

I believe that Nutanix is going to be able to handle all workloads we throw at it, but (like with most things) you have to know how it works in order to design the workloads that will be running on top of it correctly.
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VxRail

VxRail is very well suited to large-scale homogeneous workloads, VDI being the prime example. Anywhere you have a large number of VMs that are doing the same thing, VxRail is a good fit. If you have workloads that are greatly varied, VxRail should not be your first choice.
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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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VxRail

  • Stability, the platform has not had any major issues or minor issues since deployment.
  • Management, the VxRail platform has a single plane of glass for management.
  • Scaling, VxRail is easily scaled for more resources.
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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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VxRail

  • Initial installation services leave a lot to be desired. We struggled to get the first units in service. Subsequent units were very easy to install though...
  • Dell/EMC has an A/B maintenance cycle for updates. Make sure ALL of your units are on the same cycle. It is difficult (but not quite impossible) to get them changes after installation
  • I would like to see a sub $100k offering for branch offices.
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Support

Nutanix

Nutanix 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Support has been phenomenal, although continually hearing that some bugs will
get improved in the next AOS update is getting exhausting.
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VxRail

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Alternatives Considered

Nutanix

We’ve gone from needing a team people to a couple of people to manage our environment. Thus, we’re spending a lot more time designing automation for our department floor that was traditionally very manual, so it’s a massive benefit for the business by having IT working on the business.
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VxRail

At the time we had a deployment of SimpliVity which did not measure up. We demo'd other products such as HyperFlex. We appreciated the ease of use of the VxRail and the overall value.
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Return on Investment

Nutanix

  • We have replaced 3/4 a rack of legacy hardware into a 2U, 4node cluster, reducing vmware licensing costs
  • Scales very easy, add cables, and copy port config over... new system is ready to go in under an hour
  • reduction of support costs of legacy hardware
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VxRail

  • VxRail has made our VDI deployment easy to scale and (more importantly), made scaling the environment easy to justify to management.
  • When comparing to other similar solutions, the tight integration with Vmware code releases made VxRail much more stable. We have had much less downtime from the VxRail infrastructure than in our traditional infrastructure stacks.
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Pricing Details

Nutanix

General

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

VxRail

General

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

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