Hyper-V vs Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) comparison


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Server Virtualization Software (3rd)
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Software Defined Storage (SDS) (2nd), HCI (3rd), Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) (3rd), Hybrid Cloud Computing Platforms (3rd)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Server Virtualization Software category, the mindshare of Hyper-V is 15.4%, down from 18.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is 1.6%, up from 1.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Nov 25, 2018
Costly yet it gives a 360 degree view of the environment
We use the Hypervisor and manage the VMs. We then get a 360 degree view of the infrastructure, hardware, networking, storage, VMs, and more The most valuable feature is the ability to integrate the Hypervisor center from one console. The cost and licensing can be improved.  More than five…
Nagendra Nekkala. - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 15, 2023
Resilient platform with impressive capabilities in networking, storage, data protection, and disaster recovery
It is a universal public cloud. It caters to our current usage of a private cloud. It ensures performance and security, whether on-premises or in a hybrid setup, offering us a cost-effective solution. It has enterprise data services with consolidated storage data protection and disaster recovery…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"It's a very manageable product."
"The most valuable feature is the high availability of the solution."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to integrate the Hyper-Visor center from one console."
"The support with Microsoft is great."
"I like that Hyper-V comes for free with Windows Server. You don't need to buy the license, and you only have to pay for the management aspect in System Center."
"Hyper-V can expand storage. For instance, if I have a VM running on NetApp or another platform, I can expand the storage without interrupting operations. It is useful when I need to quickly allocate more storage without causing downtime or performing maintenance tasks."
"It is a very stable product. We have not had any issues with Hyper-V crashing itself."
"We've probably seen a 50 percent speed increase on our SQL server. Hyper-V has also significantly reduced our downtimes with faster boot-up and reboot. If we have to reboot a server, there is maybe two or three minutes of downtime. When we were on a bare-metal server, it could be five to ten minutes due to the total boot time."
"Some of the most valuable features of Nutanix Acropolis are that it's free from Nutanix and it's very stable."
"The simplicity when it comes to building your own automation has been excellent."
"Technical support is okay."
"There are a lot of things I really like. Perhaps the best part is taking a snapshot of a virtual machine. It's very quick. Another useful part is replication and creating a protection domain: using the protection feature to replicate a machine to a remote site for DR purposes."
"The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)."
"Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure's most valuable feature is the flexibility to move the VMs easily, keeping everything together."
"The snapshots, cloning, and replication are all effective in helping to reduce downtime. It can replicate cluster data for disaster recovery and it provides high availability in case a node or a disk fails."
"The fact that there is only one interface to deploy a complete solution for maximum storage is fantastic."


"Improvements could be made to the configuration of the solution."
"The biggest problem with Hyper-V is that the virtual machines are mostly running on top of the Windows Server, so we often need to reboot the machine and virtual machines when updating the host level. That's why we prefer VMware. It's much easier to patch the host. Also, Hyper-V has security vulnerabilities. It's easy to attack and compromise the host."
"I would love to see other options for connecting VMs to large data storage."
"We would like to have a cloning function added to this product."
"There are bugs, and this should be resolved by Microsoft."
"The pricing and technical support can be improved."
"I encounter issues such as mouse cursor problems, dependencies, lagging, freezing, and unresponsiveness using Hyper-V."
"There's room for improvement in Hyper-V. One area I've personally encountered issues with is live migration. Sometimes during live migrations, the process gets stuck in a certain state. This can happen with replication as well. It's not necessarily a major problem, but at times, the error messages aren't very informative. They don't clearly explain why the migration failed."
"USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by having an auto-update feature. At this time I have to update each system manually. However, I bought the standard license and I did not buy the maximum license they have available. There could be a certain license that does the updates automatically."
"There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element."
"Lacks sufficient integration with other vendors and public clouds."
"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."
"One thing I've noticed is that, when you do a shift from VMware to Nutanix, it opens the setup of the VM that's currently running. If people from another site double click on it, it opens the VM instead of the setup of the unit. So I would suggest that this could perhaps be switched. That is so far the only change I would like. I would like it if they could fix the instance where you double click on a VM and it opens the VM instead of the setup. That's the only thing that's a major bother to me."
"I'd like it to be more API-based."
"In terms of automation, I know there are ways to do it, but it's not very user-friendly. I've been working for the last three years with Nutanix and I've managed to automate certain things, but it's a somewhat more complex job than it should be. I would like to see more documentation or knowledge base articles."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I wish the licensing was simpler, and allowed for a greater number of VM's with the Microsoft standard licensing, but overall I think it's fair. The pricing is definitely fair."
"It is one of the cheapest products in the market."
"I think it is expensive. I think if they want it to be more competitive, they should lower the price."
"The pricing is not an issue for us because we have a licensing agreement with Microsoft. So we are given an 80% discount."
"Microsoft recently tacked on a higher price for their software to use the storage migration in the Storage Spaces Direct array. That was just terrible."
"The licensing is pretty straightforward."
"Hyper-V is free-of-charge."
"The pricing isn't too bad, because you can do the bare metal hypervisor, and it is pretty fair. Other competitors are more expensive."
"The price of the license for Nutanix Acropolis AOS is less expensive than the competition. There is a favorable cost saving. Having only the need to deal with a single vendor, the management of the customer's entire stack is cost-effective."
"The price of the solution is high."
"I would rate the price seven out of ten with ten being the most expensive."
"The license is quite clear to me. It's much clearer than what we had with our previous virtualization environment. The licensing is not complex to understand."
"Work close with your InfraTeam and discuss with Nutanix the best way to achieve sizing and price that are right for you."
"Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is expensive."
"The basic license that comes with the box allows basic virtualization features but advanced automation features would require an upgrade of licenses."
"Our Nutanix license is for five years. There is a support arrangement there, but that aspect is more or less taken care of during the initial installation. With HCI architecture, whenever we do any kind of auto scaling or scaling of servers and resources, there is a significant amount of software licensing involved."
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Comparison Review

it_user234735 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 10, 2015
Hyper-V 2012 R2 vs. VMware vSphere 5.5
I was won with Hyper-V 2012R2 recently and the table below based on customer RFP (edited). This articles all about technical, there is not related with TCO/ROI, licensing cost, “political”, etc. Another to noted is the Windows Server 2012 licenses is based on 2 socket CPU, meanwhile…

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Questions from the Community

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What do you like most about Hyper-V?
The initial setup is not difficult at all. It is very easy.
What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere?
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Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
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