- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
Bad - I haven't really found any? It may be cost prohibitive for certain customers though.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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