Nutanix is a next-generation data center stack
March 19, 2020

Nutanix is a next-generation data center stack

Ryan Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Nutanix AHV
  • Nutanix Acropolis
  • Nutanix Prism
  • Nutanix Files
  • Nutanix Xi Leap

Overall Satisfaction with Nutanix AOS

Nutanix currently runs our entire production stack including AHV hypervisor running Server 2016 VMs, Nutanix Files for SMB file shares, Xi Leap for DR, and Prism Central for reporting and analytics.

We came from a "traditional" 3-tier data center where there were many management consoles and silos. This made troubleshooting, management, and visibility very difficult and complex. Moving to Nutanix allowed us to centralize all our infrastructure resources into a single-pane HTML5 management interface called Prism. Prism allows you to manage everything from your VMs, storage containers, file clusters( which now includes file analytics), and 1-click firmware/BIOS upgrades.
  • Single management interface.
  • Native hypervisor (AHV).
  • Built-in file clustering services (Nutanix Files).
  • Built-in DR capabilities.
  • Amazing visibility into performance and metrics from storage, hosts, network, and VMs.
  • 1-click upgrades for BIOS still seems to fail sometimes.
  • Some things are still done via CLI like VM-VM anti-affinity.
  • Native Nutanix VMs take up quite a bit of RAM (CVM, Nutanix Files, Prism Central).
  • Less time to manage infrastructure.
  • Increase in productivity with Nutanix files.
  • Increased RPO using native Nutanix snapshots.
We've had about a dozen tickets over the last 3 years and support has been great. I've not had a bad interaction with support and they are very responsive and knowledgeable.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Analyst Reports
Our servers, storage, and networking was going EoL around the same time. We decided this would be a good opportunity to explore other options that led us to Nutanix. The product stack and management was the biggest selling point for us.
Our Nutanix cluster is a hybrid array consisting of HDD and SSDs. Nutanix uses tiered storage where hot data remains on SSD and cold moves to HDD. We came from a 15K Dell EQL SAN and performance is leaps and bounds better. We noticed the biggest jump in our MS SQL servers.
We were looking at Simplivity before they were bought out by HP. We liked Nutanix because of the included hypervisor and file services - we were paying way too much for VMware licensing to continue using it.
Nutanix is well-suited for companies ready to move on from a traditional data center and gain amazing insight and functionality from a single platform. Having one support number to call for your entire product stack has saved us time compared to having to deal with a vendor for storage, a vendor for servers, a vendor for your hypervisor, etc.