Nutanix is worth your investment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated March 05, 2020

Nutanix is worth your investment

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Nutanix AOS

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.
  • 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
The Nutanix ecosystem blew vSAN out of the water in size, overhead, and general functionality. vSAN rides on top of VMware, where Nutanix is a whole system built from the ground up to service virtualization. Cost of vSAN was much more expensive than our Nutanix install and offered less flexibility.
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

Evaluating Nutanix AOS and Competitors

Yes - The product replaced was vmware.

We still use VMWare for our VDI based environments, as we like the solution for that particular use case.

For non-vdi solutions, AOS has worked perfectly well. The product is supported by VEEAM, and a number of other backup solutions, plus by nutanix itself. You have to pay for the support on the hardware anyway, it really makes great financial sense to use the integrated hypervisor as long as you can support the environment easily.

This also gave us the added benefit of being able to completely segregate our VDI environments from our other production workloads. This change has also helped drastically for performance and fault isolation.

Not really. The choice was instantly clear for our general workloads, and even for our mission-critical items. Our Nutanix AOS environment just humms along like a dream. Once we found out that we had a support guarantee from nutanix, the cost savings from vmware licensing/support, and backup supportability from Veeam.. With the cost savings from the vmware licensing, we were able to fund another project we really needed to get done, and looked like heros twice.