Breathing new life into slow, aging systems....
Joe Lemaire | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 08, 2016

Breathing new life into slow, aging systems....

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Nutanix

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.
  • Zero-touch. Since the go live, I've only logged into Prism to check on things. Never had an issue - it's rock solid!
  • The workloads we run on it run so much better, that our users are much more productive (and therefore it saves the company money)!
  • Although it was a large investment, I really think this is going to pay off in less than 2 years!
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.
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.