We performed a comparison between HPE Hyper Converged and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) based on real PeerSpot user reviews.
Find out in this report how the two HCI solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks."
"It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it."
"The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across."
"Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost."
"The instant failover, with vSAN copying data to the second node, allowed for the continuous availability of our applications."
"This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business."
"The price was right."
"StarWind SANs come with outstanding support."
"No concerns or issues with stability."
"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."
"The solution has good backup resolution updates."
"Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure."
"There are multiple advantages. Typically, being an all-flash storage, which is available through either SimpliVity or dHCI, the performance is much better because the IOPS goes high, so it's more powerful in terms of performance. Secondly, if I'm talking of SimpliVity Hyper Convergence solution from HPE, unlike the competition, even if three hard drives fail, you are still running the solution."
"It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability."
"The features that I have found most valuable include its HA facility, viability, robustness, flexibility, it's time to go live is very short, and it has a friendly user interface."
"One of the most valuable features is the One-Click Upgrade. When I need to update the system, I do it with one click. This product is amazing because everything is easy to manage, from network management to snapshots."
"The stability is good. This is the number-one product in that regard."
"Most beneficial feature is simplicity, ease of use."
"Nutanix has the best virtual desktop infrastructure."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is flexible and has helped people to work from home during the pandemic."
"This operating system offers stability. Setup is straightforward."
"The HCI environment itself is very intuitive. Everything is centralized under one solution. And, they also have fast server built in in addition to a network analyzer."
"The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent."
"There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."
"The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers."
"A better overall view of the different deployments could be beneficial, although this is difficult due to how flexible the solution is."
"We just need more integration with Veeam."
"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings."
"Scalability requires using additional nodes."
"In the Hyper Converged environment, some of the brands only support the OS VMware and not Hyper-V from Microsoft or even Red Hat or KVM."
"Could be more secure and more economical."
"Installation and setup could be easier."
"This solution is very costly."
"We have faced some challenges when upgrading. With Hyper Converged, you have to fully upgrade because there are no incremental upgrades available in this solution. For example, let's say we have two nodes. If we want to upgrade storage, we also need to upgrade computing. That means a full upgrade EME."
"One disadvantage of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is it doesn't support external storage. Connecting external SAN storage to Nutanix, it's not supported."
"As far as what could be improved, they have some built-in backup functions already, but any built-in isolation features like vision security features and free LAN features become a security concern."
"There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element."
"I think some of the tasks that must be done using CLI could be added to the web interface."
"I feel like the flow chart and the automated processes have some room for improvement. They're nearly there, and the rest is fine. They've improved a lot over the past few years."
"Nutanix should improve AHV to support migration VMs between clusters and storage containers. Migration between containers is possible, but it requires shutting down the VM. The procedure is long and there is no migration between clusters at all."
"As Nutanix Acropolis AOS is on the expensive side, one of its areas for improvement is the price. It would also be better if it can be integrated with other cloud providers, because currently, it's only for private cloud deployment."
"We have a team that does the implementation of the solution for our customers, it is better to have professionals handle the process."
For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.
StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.
HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.
Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.
Power your business with advanced cloud technologies and simplify how you procure, deploy, and manage IT services.
Reduce technology sprawl and free up technical resources to focus on high value activities.
Deploy, scale, and bridge to the public cloud so you can react quickly to changing priorities.
Protect your services and data against hardware failures, disasters, and attackers.
Accelerate your most demanding applications with consistent and predictable performance. Data locality maximizes the benefits of the latest hardware advances like NVMe and RDMA.
Data is protected and kept available with advanced distributed consistency algorithms that protect against everything from bit rot and hardware failures to entire site failure.
Storage can be sized precisely for your needs and expanded quickly and easily as needs grow. Storage policies are applied logically on a per-workload basis, instead of being tied to hardware.
Choose from the leading hypervisors, VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper‑V, or leverage the lightweight but powerful built-in hypervisor AHV.
AHV streamlines operations and simplifies automation. Powerful and lightweight, it is easy to learn and migrate to, and is optimized for high performance and reliability.
Build and deploy cloud-native applications on intelligent distributed infrastructure and integrate with cloud compatible storage, all within the same platform.
Prevent malware spread and reduce attack surfaces by limiting applications to only what’s needed, and keep things simple by leveraging machine learning to determine the right configuration.
Securely and easily implement robust multi-tenancy in your environment, or stretch networks across clouds for seamless workload migration and failover.
Manage networking configurations centrally and apply across your HCI environment with simple and robust virtual switch management.
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HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in HCI with 6 reviews while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is ranked 1st in HCI with 85 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2, while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) writes "Serious reliability and stability across the entire system makes for ROI". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) report.
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