The best HCI solution you can have
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 27, 2020

The best HCI solution you can have

Score 10 out of 10
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  • Nutanix Acropolis
  • Nutanix Prism

Overall Satisfaction with Nutanix AOS

Nutanix was defined as the standard global solution for VM/block data. It is already deployed on 2 out of 4 (BR and USA) of our strategic datacenters. It is also deployed in a lot of ROBO sites (at least 6 Vessels and 7 small sites in SouthAmerica). These sites concentrate around 2500 VMs and ~200 nodes.
  • Easy OS/Hypervisor upgrade process, using OneClick Upgrade
  • Easy to troubleshoot VMs performance issues using native performance analysis graphs/data
  • Centralized management per cluster using Prism Element, or even more centralized using Prism Central
  • Easy to upgrade BIOS, BMC, and BIOS of different components using the LCM tool
  • Support team is incredibly efficient
  • VMs replication using Protection Domains works great for DR or Backup purposes.
  • Although the OneClick Upgrade process is always improving, it eventually fails, and you need to work through it with the support team.
  • Technical benefits, mostly
At Nutanix, support is one of their strongest points. Probably the best support I've worked with (EMC, HP, DELL, IBM, Netapp). Please note that most of these companies utilize third-party/partners for support in Brazil, so it's possible they have better support in other regions, especially USA.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
  • Analyst Reports
  • Third-party Reviews
Most important factors were the product features that were presented to us. Its VM-level replication (using Protection Domains) and usage reports (oversized/struggled/bully VMs reports) completely replace a competitor's tool that is sold separately and is also very expensive.
You can learn almost everything you need to know for daily management from the implementation. For medium/large sites it is always good to have Professional Services ensure you are following all the best practices. If you follow all the implementation steps closely and have a hands-on session at the end of the implementation, you will be probably good to go.
No secret sauce here! It has a bunch of SSDs and a very well written code to ensure that the data is always written to the localhost/local disks. The performance is very good! VMs power on in a couple of seconds.
In my opinion, Nutanix AOS is very suitable for medium-large deployments, where you would have a huge 3-tier architecture (Storage, SAN, hosts, etc.). Having all the support centralized in a single provider makes it very easy to troubleshoot and fix issues, instead of trying to coordinate Storage support with SAN support and Hypervisor support, etc.
For small deployments, such as ROBO sites, it's probably less expensive to go with a small host and direct-attached storage, or ISCSi SAN.