IBM PowerVM vs Nutanix AHV Virtualization comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM PowerVM and Nutanix AHV Virtualization based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Server Virtualization Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"Technical support is great.""IBM PowerVM has the highest clock speed.""A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.""You can increase resources with it automatically.""The most valuable feature of IBM PowerVM is the performance of the database workload.""We always recommend PowerVM to our customers; it is better than most solutions.""It is a stable solution with reliable performance.""The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM."

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"You don't need any other instruments for control, AHV. You only need to look at the prism to control all infrastructure.""The most valuable feature of Nutanix AHV is that it can be managed through Hyper-V, which is Microsoft's hypervisor, VMware, and Citrix XenServer.""Using AHV, we have a built-in VR solution. It operates using a reduplication-based unique package transfer process.""The solution is user-friendly and provides good virtual machine backups. The user interface gets updated when there is a new release.""If we want to move the virtual machine from one host to another, it's simple, straightforward, and stable.""Nutanix AHV's most valuable feature is NetFlow.""The most valuable feature of Nutanix AHV is the prism, it is a beneficial central management console.""For our markets here in Morocco, we are mainly working with server virtualization, and the most valuable feature is the software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure."

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"IBM should review the price of this solution in my opinion; it is too high.""The solution should be advanced to fit with the container constantly.""The cost of this solution is high.""The licensing could be better.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""The hardware licensing model could be improved because the licensing model is a bit different from the standard hardware procured.""IBM PowerVM does not integrate with Microsoft.""PowerVM's platform build and performance could be improved."

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"The price of Nutanix AHV Virtualization could improve.""I would like to see more automation of Day One operations, such as DRS, and HA.""The management console needs to improve to make it easier for administrators. For example, to be able to reorganize our VMs, folders, and subfolders, similarly as it is provided in VMware. We can sort, manage, and organize VMs, folders, or subfolders in VMware.""If you want to install a specific operating system, you must first check to see if it is listed in the compatibility list; only then will you be able to install it, and that is one issue for now.""A lot of tasks cannot be performed using the GUI, the graphical interface.""An improvement would be for Nutanix AHV to support VMDK, AOS, Hyper-V, and VMware.""VMware does tend to have more features than AHV. It's more of the leader in this space.""The solution is very expensive."

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  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
  • "IBM PowerVM costs more than other products but the customer does not need to pay additional money for the licenses. In VMware, you need to license everything. With IBM PowerVM it is unlimited and all-inclusive in the price you pay."
  • "The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair and if you want support there are additional fees."
  • "The price of the solution can always be lower. However, the price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Nutanix AHV is free."
  • "The price of Nutanix AHV is reasonable."
  • "The licensing overall from Nutanix AHV is very good compared to other solutions."
  • "Nutanix AHV is low cost."
  • "I would rate the pricing a three out of five. It is expensive, but it also provides the value for money and performance that you require as a hyperconverged and virtualization software."
  • "When comparing this solution to others on the market, such as VMware and Citrix, the price could be reduced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Power hardware is designed to maximize I/O while still providing flexibility when it comes to virtualization. When running IBM Power hardware, vs another vendors hardware, the same hardware… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of IBM PowerVM is the performance of the database workload.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution could improve, it is expensive.
    Top Answer:To understand which is better - Nutanix AHV or VMware vSphere - you need to do a product comparison. Both products support hypervisors. However, Nutanix supports some of the most popular ones and more… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is manageability.
    Top Answer:We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix. If we were using another product, like VMware, then we would need to have a separate license for the hypervisor.
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    Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.
    Nutanix AHV is a secure, enterprise-grade solution for intuitive virtualization and container management. It streamlines operations and simplifies management for all your workloads and environments.
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    Sample Customers
    Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, Pneuhage
    JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC Volkswagen
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Consumer Goods Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company23%
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    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company33%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    IBM PowerVM vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM PowerVM vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    IBM PowerVM is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 11 reviews while Nutanix AHV Virtualization is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 18 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.6, while Nutanix AHV Virtualization is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "Faster performance per core without increasing Oracle license compliance and better scalability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix AHV Virtualization writes "Lightweight, integrates well, and the technical support is responsive". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM and Proxmox VE, whereas Nutanix AHV Virtualization is most compared with Proxmox VE, VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and KVM. See our IBM PowerVM vs. Nutanix AHV Virtualization report.

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