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Gus Awad | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I recommended Nutanix as a hyper-converged solution when we decided to retire our old VMware cluster. We wanted to simplify our infrastructure by eliminating the SAN switches and getting better performance by having storage and compute in the same host. Our whole environment runs on Nutanix and all the users of every department are impacted by Nutanix.
  • Increased performance compared to the old way of doing things.
  • Deployment and provisioning of the host were extremely simplified, with the Foundation server doing the bulk of the work.
  • Support is phenomenal, with multiple call centers around the world that will provide any assistance you need.
  • Prism Central is suffering from multiple bugs, with each AOS update bringing more bugs.
  • Improve the LCM, as it sometimes does not work as expected.
  • Better reporting would have data we can collect to determine what is happening behind the scenes with Nutanix.
It's well suited for all environments and all business types, small or big. With 3 node clusters as a minimum, it can be expanded to fit your budget
of any kind. I don’t see scenarios where Nutanix is not appropriate.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We purchased our first Nutanix cluster three years ago. It was a hybrid cluster and we used it for our primary vSphere cluster at our corporate data center, which multiple locations around the world access for various applications, including Exchange and ERP interfaces. We were able to replace two EMC SANs and an aging IBM blade center that made up our previous vSphere cluster. Migration to and management of the solution was a breeze. Since we were running vSphere on the Nutanix cluster we were able to use the regular vMotion capabilities to migrate all our VMs from the old cluster to the Nutanix cluster. All the one click upgrade features that Nutanix advertised worked as advertised as well. It pretty much did what they said it would do.

I will say, however, that once we migrated some of the heavy workloads to it we did see noticeable performance degradation, mainly once we moved our Exchange environment to it. We also saw our backup times extend extensively. The primary reason was because of disk latency. When we purchased this cluster it was an unplanned an unbudgeted project, so we had to make it fit into the budget so we had to size around a small budget. In hindsight we should have waited the following year to budget properly for it so we could have done an all-flash system. Last year we did by an all-flash Nutanix cluster to replace this hybrid Nutanix cluster and performance has been nothing short of exceptional now. We did move the hybrid cluster to our DR site so we still are getting purposeful use out of it. So my biggest learning experience is to take the time to size properly. If you have any type of high database workload, such as Exchange, SQL, etc. I would highly recommend an all-flash system. You won't regret it.

I would also like to mention that Nutanix technical support is the best I've ever seen of any company. When you call them you get an experienced tech who knows what they are talking about right away without having to get bounced around and they take the time to work through any issues you are having.

  • Technical support is the best I've seen from any company.
  • Simple management interface.
  • Less time spent on keeping multiple hardware tiers up to date.
  • 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.
Well suited if you are planning on deploying Nutanix cluster at remote branch offices where some server footprint is needed but don't have IT support there. Perfect scenario for ease of management and deployment remotely.
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Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We installed a Nutanix cluster (4 nodes) to run all the virtual machines (VM) used by my organization. Nutanix is a hyperconverged computing solution, so the processing, storage and networking for the cluster is all crammed into a 2U space, all managed from a web browser. The promise of the cluster is that you will never lose services, as an entire node can go offline and your system will not miss a beat. If you are familiar with RAID for storage, clustering is like RAID for servers, where there is redundancy not just of storage, but of an entire server. So if uptime is critical for your organization, Nutanix can be a good solution, albeit expensive. Our implementation supports our entire organization, offering peace of mind from hardware failures. It's also all automatic, significantly lowering management cost and reducing administrative burden.
  • 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.
  • Nutanix has a huge learning curve. We purchased the on-line training course when we moved to the platform and it was literally weeks of instruction. It was so extensive, in fact, that we ran out of time to complete it before the test.
  • Operations that cannot be done from the browser require running commands from a terminal emulator; perhaps owing to the newness of the platform, documentation is not robust. I highly recommend you buy the tech support.
  • Software updates are sometimes rushed to release. I've gotten to where I wait at least a few weeks after release before installing them, as I've run into significant issues with buggy software. Such installations have required time-consuming tech support calls to resolve.
  • While the promise of perpetual VM uptime is being fulfilled, the dashboard frequently reports issues that need to be resolved.
  • Because of significant hardware redundancy, the cost per byte of storage capacity is high.
Nutanix is a good solution if:
  1. You cannot afford to have your services go offline.
  2. You want peace of mind that comes from total hardware redundancy.
  3. You are comfortable running commands through a terminal emulator.
  4. You want a system that largely manages itself in terms of keeping your VMs online.
  5. You're concerned more about bullets 1-4 than you are cost.
Nutanix is probably not a good solution for you if:
  1. Cost is your primary concern. In this case, you would probably be better served using something like Microsoft's Hyper-V replication, which is included with the cost of a Windows Server license.
  2. 24x7 uptime is not critical, there are cheaper and easier solutions to achieve near-constant uptime (see bullet one, above).
  3. You are not comfortable working at a command line or don't want to pay for tech support.
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Michael Murdock | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Nutanix is an exciting option for our storage data centers to consolidate the footprint and management requirements for IT infrastructure. This new approach to data storage does not reduce the requirement for data protection and application recovery. Unitrends’ All-in-One Backup and Disaster Recovery capabilities are extended to offer native integration for all hypervisors running in Nutanix environments, including Nutanix AHV. Following these configuration recommendations will go a long way to reducing the IT organization’s workload without sacrificing the protection of the corporation’s most critical assets - their data. Our biggest push was to consolidate three storage platforms into one while jumping into a hybrid storage solution.
  • Speed of data access is incredible.
  • Awesome ease of use across the platform.
  • Business Productivity Benefits are out of this world.
  • We’ve gone from needing four people to two to manage our environment.
  • Reduced the frequency and duration of outages affecting applications and services well as improved disaster recovery and failover capabilities.
  • Cloud agility with Lower TCO and Control.
Resources are only ever a click away, which means you reduce the time it takes to make those resources available to your developers from weeks to just minutes. Which is awesome when it comes to time and cost savings.
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Neil Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Acropolis for our business critical trading solutions in our Frankfurt data centre. This provides us with control over a remote office with minimal overhead and no middleware software like VMware to manage.
  • Very light weight and simple to use. No need for VMware or Hyper V software to configure and manage so reducing complexity.
  • Management interface is simple to use meaning training of support staff is kept easy.
  • Rapid deployment of servers. So quick you don't even have time for a coffee break.
  • Storage v-motion is still a little weak and if your system is heavily used a little self management is needed.
  • Performance monitoring has come a long way over the last 2 years but future enhancements in deep diving issues would be useful.
  • Storage usage reporting is still weak but no more so than other platforms. Understanding how many space is being consumed vs space committed is always an issue when compression and thin provisioning is used.
If you'rw using VMware out of the box with little bespoke configurations then Acropolis wins hands down. It's simple to use and does 80% of what VMware does without the big costs.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Nutantix is being used in our environment for consolidating large swaths of our virtual environment. A single, 4 node box was able to replace about 3/4 of a full rack of legacy disk/compute.
  • Consolidation of a large amount of legacy hardware into a much smaller and power-efficient footprint.
  • De-duplication and compression of data prevents writing the same data twice and conserves space
  • Acropolis (Native AFS) can outright replace VMWARE for further cost savings
  • High cost - The product is great but pricepoint could be better
  • Acropolis isn't sold as well as it could be, as it is a great tool to get out from under the thumb of VMware
  • Making deduplication native and inline.
Well Suited:
Consolidation of hardware
Reduction of cost with Acropolis
Scales incredibly well

Less Appropriate:
Nutanix is not meant for 1:1 replacement of legacy equipment
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 14, 2018

Nutanix Experience

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It's used by the entire organization, managed by IT hosting critical servers. It has simply replaced our VMWare cluster.
It's simply meets our requirements without breaking the bank and can expand based on our business need. It's Cisco UCS friendly and for the past year we never had any downtime due to software or hardware incompatibility . Also we have dumped ESX and went with AHV which so far has been great . The interface is also very easy where you have a single pane of glass for managing your hardware and getting a granular view of the virtual machines and the overall health status.
  • High Availability across the physical nodes
  • Effective local storage distribution and de-duplication
  • Intuitive user interface prism
  • Integration with Cisco hardware
  • Migration from VMWare could be simpler than what it is
  • Can work on more straightforward driver support for different operating systems such as Server 2016
It's appropriate for mid-sized businesses with 50 to 70 average server horsepower. Also for environments with high availability acquirement and shorter RTO thanks to snapshot technology. Also, clustering comes in handy for the DR needs ;it also simply integrates with Azure .

I don't personally believe that HCI is going to fall short for more demanding environments, as it can grow and become more powerful using better hardware.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Nutanix is becoming the heart of our internal IT architecture platform. We are busy migrating services one by on to Nutanix. We are promoting this platform to other departments but some are having issues with the false idea of being vendor-locked.
  • Simplicity
  • Performance
  • Speed of deployment
  • Some custom fields for VM could be great
  • Entry ticket might scare some people
  • More SDN functionalities could be developed
VDI deployment used to be the best business case but today, there are no limits anymore, Nutanix is well suited in any situation, any workload and now, the x86 barrier fell down with the support of IBM Power architecture.
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Scott Trautwein | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 03, 2017

Nutanix Prism Review

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We use nutanix to power 20 virtual servers and 330 virtual desktops. It is used for our entire school district. Using it enabled us to virtualize all our secretary/admin staff machines and 300 student machines. We now update one machine and push out the updates, saving us a huge amount of time and providing reliable machines we can reimage in a moments notice if a student or staff downloads malware or a virus.
  • prism is great for managing updates across the platform. Just 2 clicks and the hosts are updated, no other action required. Also no reboots required usually.
  • Tech support is very pricey but very knowledgeable. All support engineers are very helpful and always resolve our issues quickly.
  • It provides great redundancy for our environment. Several times a host has failed and nutanix was able to move everything over without any of our users even being aware. The hybrid of flash and standard storage works great.
  • Cost. nutanix is very, very expensive. Support is very pricey as well, but is basically an annual insurance plan. Covers all support and any replacement part costs. Not worth what they charge in my opinion, especially if you have multiple nutanix nodes like we do. It could be half the cost and I would be happy.
  • Updates to ESXi hosts only occur automatically if you have VMware DRS. We don't pay for the licensing so we have to manually move machines off each host to reboot them. Not horrible but annoying.
  • We use VM as our hypervisor, but nutanix does have their own (Acropolis). If acropolis ever did linked clones like VMware does we would switch in a second.
If you have a large amount of servers to virtualize or basic user virtual desktops, nutanix is perfect. Really happy with the solution. Cost is the biggest prohibitor. For a smaller environment, it might not make financial sense.
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Joe Lemaire | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We acquired a competitor of ours in mid 2015, and needed a solution to host their existing servers on. Their existing servers were old Server 2003, Server 2000 and their main databases ran on SQL 2000. Other than keeping the system up and running, the solution hadn't been touched in years. We were interested in Nutanix, and turned to them to get this going. Initial setup went quickly - hours! After a few months of implementation we started running into performance problems. We worked with Nutanix and after a few tweaks to VMware, to Nutanix and to SQL, we were finally ready to go live. After go live, we got so many compliments on how fast the system was! We are saving so many man hours due to the speed of this system, I think it'll probably pay for itself in no time!
  • Performance is great!
  • Management via Prism is awesome!
  • One-click hypervisor upgrades are fantastic!
  • Management of VMs on AHV take some getting used to. It's just a list of VMs that are displayed, and you search through it. Not the normal folder structure that I'm used to in VMware.
  • Also can't disable a NIC card in a VM in AHV. Very handy feature present in VMware.
  • Larger workloads may have to be tweaked to get the performance you need/want.
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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Adam Savage | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Nutanix is being used by the library at the University of Waterloo. We have two clusters of four nodes each; one for our Virtual Server Infrastructure and one for our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Both clusters run an ESXi/vSphere environment. The simplicity of Nutanix's web-scale technology was the greatest draw. We no longer have to manage separate server, fabric and storage silos. Instead, everything is managed from one interface that is built on simplicity.
  • 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!
  • LDAP integration is less refined. It works perfectly but when adding users and groups one has to know the exact, case sensitive, name of the user or group in question. There is no LDAP search function.
  • HTTP proxy has a few bugs. If you are using a private address space for your CVM's, and you want to add the cluster to a Prism Central instance, then you'll need to remove your proxy settings, add it to the Prism Central instance, then re-add your proxy settings.
  • The login only works using the UPN format. Down-level logon name format is not accepted.
If it's a virtual workload, toss it on Nutanix. We started off with VDI and were so impressed we migrated our VSI environment as well. I'm told they do not play in the super-high performance market where you would look at how many cores/procs you can fit on a single board.
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Flavio Mancini | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 23, 2017

NUTANIX - Try to believe

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We have a nutanix cluster (in metro) available across two sites. We chose to use Nutanix because it is very simple to implement and manage. Some features like ABS (Acropolis Block Services) are working very well and are useful for a different use. The performance is great and the features of storage optimization and deduplication really work. [You can] upgrade without interruption. It’s very useful and simple to manage the analytics tool. The kernel is very robust. Pay attention when working with two nodes at the same time, it may create some problems with CVM and vCenter.
  • Very simple to implement and manage
  • The performance is great and the features of storage optimization and deduplication really work
  • Real automatic disk tiering and data locality
  • Upgrade without interruption
  • Very useful and simple to manage the analytics tool
  • The kernel is very robust
  • NUTANIX AHV (Acropolis) metro availability
Nutanix is well suited on: Database, VDI, and isolation of infrastructure. The performance and the features of NUTANIX work fine in every contest. Also, the small size of Nutanix allows a saving on both energy and logistics [that is] to be reckoned with. Nutanix is less appropriate: NONE. In my experience, I think that NUTANIX is the best solution for every scenario.
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Michael Butterworth | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We bought a Nutanix solution to replace all of our production servers, to run the whole business. We had looked at virtualization before but could not find an appropriate solution for our size of business. We needed to replace our old servers, have greater visibility of how our servers were running, and reduce power consumption and heat.
  • Using Nutanix Acropolis gives us visibility of the whole infrastructure from one web portal
  • The software licencing is considerably more cost effective than the alternatives
  • Nutanix offer direct support and their enginneers are very helpful
  • There is no easy way to migrate servers into different storage pools, so if you decide after creating a VM you would prefer to only have de-duplication and not compression you can't just move the server
We had many servers that were required for application separation for both security and comparability (classic server sprawl) but were underutilized. The Nutanix solution was the best fit because it had the power we required and the hyper-converged infrastructure means all elements: management, storage, and compute come in a single intelligent box.
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Brad Burgess | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are using it in our production and backup data center. Servers in the VM environment run on Nutanix and have helped our small IT department focus on all the other jobs we have instead of maintaining and massaging the older 3 tiered architecture we moved from. Nutanix just works like it should.
  • Simplifies the data center. One click upgrades have made updating storage a breeze.
  • Easily expand your cluster. Add another node and instantly have access to more storage and processing power.
  • Simple setup, we set up 2 clusters of 4 nodes each in an afternoon, try that with traditional 3 tier!
  • Would like file services besides Acropolis
  • DR replication to cloud
Nutanix is suited well for all scenarios in my opinon, as long as you know what you are building it for. Even if things change in the future you can always add a full flash node when needed. Nutanix express is a great option for the small business also. Everyone wins when going to hyper converged.
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Ben Metcalf | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 08, 2016

Nutanix IT's sliced bread

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I was tasked with upgrading our current data center and making it more simplified. It was a complete overhaul that had to take or old environment and upgrade it to not only current technology, but current software that followed our licensing and support matrix. We use Nutanix in our data center for all applications and workloads. It is used for Citrix, SQL, and several custom apps, things like inventory, purchase orders, invoices, and communication flow and processing.
  • Allows admins to see real-time data and troubleshoot
  • Easy to teach new employees how to navigate and review information
  • Central management is simplified and very visible for all
  • Features are not always 100% what is needed
  • Performance increases depending on licensing and options
  • When upgrading VMs it's not as easy as migrating data
I would recomend Nutanix to anyone looking to upgrade their existing environment. From what I have seen it works well with all workloads and scenarios we use it for. Database applications and scenarios perform extremely well in Nutanix and no matter the intensity of the database or application it never lets us down.
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Jon Seet | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 08, 2016

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We use Nutanix to consolidate all the various hypervisors and non-standard setups we have around the globe. Implementing Nutanix eliminates all the maintenance headaches of dealing with multiple vendors/products for firmware, drivers and support.
  • Hyperconverged
  • Simple
  • Small footprint
  • Excellent Support
  • Move more command-line driven activities to the GUI
  • Reduce price
Nutanix is suited for everything!

The only scenario where I would not implement it is at a site which does not have at least 3 ESX hosts and 100VMs. The cost would not be justifiable
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Allan Basso | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I helped implement Nutanix as our default architecture just over a year ago in two out of four of our data centers. The third will be online in the next quarter and we will be fully reliant on Nutanix for our entire organization, server workloads as well as VDI by the end of 2017 if all goes well. There have been very few instances that needed special attention to satisfy similar or better performance than the legacy infrastructure. Each challenge has helped the Nutanix support team make the product better and better, all while providing support that was second to none.
  • Condensed infrastructure. I reduced my footprint from two full racks down to 8U of equipment and have more storage and better performance.
  • Simple deployment. 3 hours from box to production.
  • One click upgrades. It cannot be stressed enough that updates to production infrastructure during the work day is not only possible but I do it with every update. No issues. Great product.
  • SUPPORT!!! The NetPromoter score is well deserved. Not only does their support staff know the product, take ownership of issues and follow through to resolution, but they also will work to assist with problems that are not their platforms issue. IE VMware, HyperV or network and own the issue as if it was their own.
  • It would be great to have the ability to automate testing of replicated data for BCP. Currently you can fail over to the secondary site but no way to do so in a sandbox and produce a report or have access to log into the replicated systems to prove they function until you disrupt productive systems.
I have not found a workload that does not work well on the platform. Like any solution, it excels on some workloads better than others, but it is easily on par with the competitor on even the least compatible solutions. If you need a dense rack, simple system to run your productive systems, Nutanix will surely satisfy.
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Bert van der Lingen ☁︎ | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are running all our on-premises servers and applications on Nutanix. Nutanix is used with VMware vSphere, we are looking to migrate to Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor. The main business goals and requirements are 1) high availability 2) operational simplicity and 3) scalability.

Nutanix works fine for us, I would highly recommend it if most of your workloads are virtualized.
  • Simplicity - very easy to manage, only 1 hour a week on average
  • Robustness - very robust, just keeps running, we can do upgrades during production hours
  • Performance is quite good - new VMs are deployed in seconds
  • Backup to AWS - quick and easy offsite backup
  • Would love to be able to backup and recover in the public cloud, preferably AWS
  • Support for containers would be nice to have
It's very well suited to highly virtualised environments, starting with small sites with about 50 VMs, but Nutanix scales well up to more than a thousand VMs. You can't use it with legacy bare metal workloads if they require fibre channel.
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Eric Wyman | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are currently in the process of converting our Datacenter over to using Acropolis exclusively. It runs our VMs and the snapshots are replicated to Azure to protect our data from disasters. It is used company wide.
  • Deduplication and compression
  • Simplification
  • Capacity growth
  • Replication
  • Placement optimization
  • Startup/shutdown procedure
It is an awesome replacement for or upgrade from VMware essentials, with more and more features being added all the time to address similar functions to VMware enterprise feature sets, without the extra cost.
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John Hamilton | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 07, 2016

Nutanix is awesome

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Nutanix has been a life saver for me. It takes all the hard guess work out. It is a true turn-key solution. It is so simplified and easy to understand a cave man could use it. It has really saved me a lot of time tracking down issues that I have had in my VMware environment.
  • Simplicity
  • Easy to use and understand
  • Great data protection built in
  • Change some of the layouts to user's preference
  • Turning the data protection on can be a challenge
  • I wish we could get a CLI in the dashboard
Well suited for almost all day-to-day virtual infrastructure.
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James McCabe | TrustRadius Reviewer
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The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) has been deployed in my customer's environment as a Virtualization infrastructure for their Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. Their VDI platform of choice is the Citrix XenDesktop software suite, combined with the Citrix NetScaler Gateway for remote access. Nutanix is being used by 100% of the customer's teleworking force. Nutanix was introduced to alleviate legacy virtualization hardware issues (resource contention, dated and failing components, etc.).
  • Simplicity of administration and oversight. We implemented and adopted Nutanix with ease within our Virtualization team. Prism and Prism Central make it easy to centrally manage multiple clusters.
  • Built-in Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning. With Nutanix Prism Central, we can monitor the ongoing performance characteristics without a 3rd party tool (like SolarWinds or Microsoft System Center Operations Manager). The addition of the Capacity Planning and Forecasting features make it a great tool to help improve our organization's roadmap.
  • High-Performance Virtualization Platform. The unique capabilities of the Nutanix XCP help ensure user and application performance is always optimal. The combination of Tiered storage (across Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives) and their automated workload balancing help make it simple to succeed!
  • It would be nice if they could work on a means of implementing/monitoring compliance configurations (like DISA STIGs) for Federal/Government customers.
Good - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Tier1/0 Virtual Workloads, High-performance Database (SQL/Oracle) Database servers
Bad - I haven't really found any? It may be cost prohibitive for certain customers though.
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Prasenjit Chetia | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We at Dell deploy Nutanix SDS for our customers. Nutanix SDS simplifies management of the hardware and storage from one single interface. Wraps the complexities of architectural details from the end user with an easy to use end user interface.
  • Simple management user interface
  • Flexibility to expand
  • Ease of planning and implementation of DR strategy
  • Integration with the Microsoft platform to be a true Hyper Converged solution.
  • Improve AHV user interface from Prism

Well suited for almost all day-to-day small and medium scale applications involving virtual infrastructure.

May not be suited for customers where startup cost is a factor -- though in a longer term with continuous expansion in the future the cost per terabyte would be less than a traditional SAN.

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Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Nutanix for the hosting side of our business. As a marketing company, we also build websites for our clients and decided the best course of action would to be to host them in house. We are also slowly migrating away from VMWare and plan to utilize our Nutanix as a datastore once NFS is fully supported which is on the roadmap and will be available in the next couple of months (currently the date is 5/20/2016 of this writing).
  • Nutanix is absolutely fantastic for those who wish to avoid costly proprietary storage appliances as Acropolis and the rest of the software run directly on what is effectively commodity enterprise hardware. That makes upgrading memory and disk space affordable.
  • Nutanix has absolutely no latency between VM and storage pools as the entire storage pool is directly on each machine in what effectively results in a localhost situation at the hypervisor level. No traversing then network like other competing storage solutions.
  • The Nutanix hypervisor, Acropolis is absolutely free and built on the rock solid stable KVM base while adding in its own features. This makes the yearly cost of ownership far less expensive than other competing visualization solutions.
  • Nutanix is highly resilient for enterprise, in that additional hyper-converged nodes can replicate data between each other. In our case we have 3 nodes and if one machine fails, one of the others take over.
  • The first feature that the Nutanix Acropolis is missing that we ran in to was the inability to set manual MAC addresses, which we would prefer for our custom DHCP server software. Its not a deal breaker, but we are coming from VMWare where this is desired for our workflow.
  • Nutanix Acropolis took a few minutes to really work out how to provision a machine. Its font to do things like turn on a virtual machine happened to be a light grey on a white background. We spoke to them to have that stand out more, it wasn't a deal breaker once we figured it out.
  • I found that loading ISOs was needlessly difficult. VMWare has a folder popup to search for ISOs to mount while Nutanix required typing in the path. This could be easily fixed in future releases, and likely will with the maturity of Acropolis.
Nutanix, like other hyper-converged systems as far as [I can] tell, is a great solution for scale up. In our case we have 3 nodes, 2 for redundancy but 3 in total. For our upgrades we will only upgrade those 3 machines until they are maxed. As a medium sized media company such as ours this is fantastic! It is far more machine we will ever need and we can continue to add more drive space and memory to it, but it will reach its max. For those companies who require hardware beyond what a Nutanix node will allow, I believe a traditional scale out solution is more appropriate.
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Neal Dolson | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 08, 2016

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Score 10 out of 10
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Our server infrastructure is 100% virtualized and Nutanix provides the platform that everything runs on top of.
  • Ease of use
  • Performs well
  • Central pane of glass for useful performance and logging information
  • It'd be nice to have an easy way to view details on who/what makes of the storage consumption in the pool...we can extrapolate how much the VMs themselves use using vSphere metrics and then add in overhead from protection domains but to have that on the "storage" tab or something would be helpful.
I feel like Nutanix is a good fit for most circumstances.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Nutanix as a refreshment for our three tier architecture. Some of the apps (CRM, ERP) and DB (MS SQL) are running on it. It's used by the management information system department and soon will be applied across the entire organization. We see Nutanix as the only proven enterprise cloud platform in the market so far. Next-G data center should be simple, agile, easy to manage, scale out and [provide] strong support. Anyway, we keep utilizing our three-tier as a secondary for our non-critical workload. We use both the NX and XC platform so far but are looking forward to deploying on Cisco UCS in the future. Hope someday Nutanix will be sold as software only just like VMware.
  • Easy to deploy
  • Simple to manage
  • Nice performance
  • Great support
  • Supports ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM as hypervisor
  • Cloud backup to AWS and Azure
  • Storage mode only using AFS and ABS
  • More hypervisors should be supported (Xenserver, Oracle Server)
  • Mix hypervisor deployment on three nodes
  • Open vswitch management using Prism
HCI will be suited for almost all scenarios. Picking the right vendor to meet your challenge is most important. Oracle and SAP can be deployed on Nutanix. Nutanix also provides a wide choice of hardware platforms depending on customer needs. Nutanix also comes with the box that can be equipped with a high-performance GPU for heavy duty video performance.
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About Nutanix AOS

Nutanix helps customers modernize their datacenters and run applications at any scale, on-prem and in the cloud.

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Nutanix AOS Integrations

Turbonomic (formerly VMTurbo)

Nutanix AOS Competitors

VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex, HPE SimpliVity (formerly OmniCube)

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