We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Computing and Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service based on real PeerSpot user reviews.
Find out in this report how the two Cloud Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The most valuable aspect of the product is the policy driving resource management, to optimize the computing across data centers."
"The most valuable feature is the backup capability."
"Spectrum Computing's best features are its speed, robustness, and data processing and analysis."
"I really like the Nutanix Marketplace a lot. We publish standard workloads there and that, in combination with the Projects, allows for self-service, which is the most powerful feature of Calm."
"The blueprints and templates are very nice and easy to use. They are very valuable because we can configure the entirety of an environment as a template and reuse it multiple times."
"Previous inquiries took us almost a full day to prepare the VM to the liking of our users. Now the deployment time is below 15 minutes and users can do it on their own! That leaves us to only update the blueprints if new requirements come in or new Windows Versions are published. As we have now predefined setups the testing team can rely on common ground for their product tests. Development teams can experiment with alpha versions in a secured environment (separate VLANs) without harming production machines."
"We use Calm's one-click self-service feature and it's really transforming the team's efficiency. The teams are used to being reactive, which is typical of what you find in IT organizations and service providers. Customers run into problems and teams react. What we're trying to do is reduce that slope and be more proactive in approach. The one-click ability is enabling us to take some of those activities and put them into operation, versus people manually responding."
"The scripting, where you can use libraries, is a valuable feature. We don't really make the blueprints, as we have a third-party company that makes them for us. But it enables calling APIs in the blueprints. When we create a machine, we use IPAM from Infoblox and we can get an IP address. It's one platform to script and we can then use all the APIs to complete the scripts. It gives us a central management tool from which we can do a lot of things automatically."
"We have not been able to use deduplication."
"Spectrum Computing is lagging behind other products, most likely because it hasn't been shifted to the cloud."
"We'd like to see some AI model training for machine learning."
"One thing that comes directly to mind is how they manage version control. I would love to see Calm create a built-in source control feature, one that we could tie into a repository and it would self-manage changes in versions. All the version control is built within Calm right now. I would love to see that integrated with an external repository and make it easy to tie it into GitHub or Git repositories."
"I cannot say Calm is providing centralized control of all our applications because we have some legacy systems. We have IBM iSeries, which is another technology. But with Calm we can centralize all our x86 machines."
"While there are multiple clouds supported, we want less friction around the ease of delivery. We want the ability to integrate other clouds, unify the accounts."
"The list of blueprints and applications could be more configurable so you see all the fields you need and not just some predefined fields which are not customizable now."
"There is room for improvement in the remote script execution. The way logs are shown in Calm, it's not always keeping up properly. It's really the interface that needs attention there. I believe it is something being worked on at the moment by Nutanix."
IBM Spectrum Computing uses intelligent workload and policy-driven resource management to optimize resources across the data center, on premises and in the cloud. Now up to 150X faster and scalable to over 160,000 cores, IBM provides you with the latest advances in software-defined infrastructure to help you unleash the power of your distributed mission-critical high performance computing (HPC), analytics and big data applications as well as a new generation open source frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark.
Nutanix Calm is a multi-cloud software management platform that allows users to seamlessly choose, distribute, and manage business applications throughout an infrastructure. Integrated into the platform are lifecycle management and application automation. Users have the ability to control all features of the application’s lifecycle and can define applications through simple blueprints that can be created using industry-standard skills. These blueprints are generated through code with a Python-based DSL or through UI.
Once a blueprint is created, Calm users can easily publish them to end users through the Nutanix Marketplace, which will immediately revamp an intricate provisioning ticket into a straightforward one-click request. Nutanix Calm provides users with improved agility while eliminating human errors, application development and modernization, unified multi-cloud coordination, and automated self-service with centralized control. In addition, the software offers a user-friendly and interactive GUI to assist in managing infrastructures more easily.
Key Benefits of Nutanix Calm
Nutanix Calm is a fully integrated enterprise cloud software helping users build self-service portals which users can provision with their own resources. Its key benefits include:
Reviews from Real Users
Nutanix Calm is a software of choice for developers looking for an application that supports automation and lifecycle management, which are both integrated into the platform. Users particularly like the blueprints and templates, as well as the Nutanix Marketplace.
Sudarshan S., a leader of environments and automation at a financial services firm, notes, "The blueprints and templates are very nice and easy to use. They are very valuable because we can configure the entirety of an environment as a template and reuse it multiple times."
Fabian S., an infrastructure consultant at Vopak, writes, "I really like the Nutanix Marketplace a lot. We publish standard workloads there and that, in combination with the Projects, allows for self-service, which is the most powerful feature of Calm."
"The scripting, where you can use libraries, is a valuable feature.... When we create a machine, we use IPAM from Infoblox and we can get an IP address. It's one platform to script and we can then use all the APIs to complete the scripts. It gives us a central management tool from which we can do a lot of things automatically," explains Ilan S, Project Manager at a healthcare company.
IBM Spectrum Computing is ranked 24th in Cloud Management with 3 reviews while Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service is ranked 7th in Cloud Management with 5 reviews. IBM Spectrum Computing is rated 8.0, while Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Computing writes "Responsive technical support with good reliability, and optimization of computing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service writes "Enables us to maximize the available capacity of the environment that workloads are using". IBM Spectrum Computing is most compared with Red Hat CloudForms, HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric, Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop and VMware Aria Operations, whereas Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, vCloud Director, OpenNebula, VMware Aria Operations and Morpheus. See our IBM Spectrum Computing vs. Nutanix Cloud Manager Self-Service report.
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