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"The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory.""The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing""The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure.""It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions."

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"The best feature of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is the central management of all of our resources. Additionally, it is easy to use""What I like the most are the high-availability and scalability.""It has been stable so far.""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.""The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""The solution is well integrated with other vendors.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its software Move, which we use to migrate virtual info from another platform to the Nutanix platform."

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Cons
"It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes.""I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools.""More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring.""Documentation management could be improved"

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"There should be a little more access to Nutanix files.""One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware.""We did have some integration issues.""I'd like it to be more API-based.""The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive.""I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time.""Setup can be a little difficult""The new features are not free. You need to pay for each feature."

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  • "With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly."
  • "Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."
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  • "AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
  • "The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
  • "This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions."
  • "Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
  • "My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
  • "Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
  • "The pricing is fair for the package."
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    Overview

    Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

    Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

    For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

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    Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 70 reviews. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Rackspace OpenStack. See our Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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