We performed a comparison between NetApp HCI 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 ROI is great on this product."
"The price was right."
"The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across."
"This software lets us maintain storage redundancy across both of our Hyper-V hosts, so if one goes down the environment fails over to the other and we have minimal to no downtime."
"Given the high availability of the server cluster, we were able to reduce separate physical servers onto one hyper-converged cluster - this saved in OPEX and CAPEX costs immediately, along with licensing costs of the Windows Server licenses."
"The license price is one of the cheapest in the market."
"StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance."
"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well."
"It is highly scalable. Their support is also extremely good."
"NetApp HCI is a stable solution."
"It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier."
"The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option."
"The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades."
"Most beneficial feature is simplicity, ease of use."
"The speed of the operations and of creation of VM is fantastic."
"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."
"You can be sure that whatever you patch is already compatible with the current firmware and the current version of the Acropolis that you're using."
"Acropolis AOS is scalable to nodes and the cloud."
"Technical support is okay."
"The stability is good. This is the number-one product in that regard."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline."
"Though I have learned some of the nuances with the upgrading of firmware/windows/etc., it would be nice to have a more efficient method of doing so."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"A central management console may be nice to see all nodes."
"We just need more integration with Veeam."
"A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."
"Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items."
"At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things that I want to resolve in my customer's environment. QoS improves the performance of each tenancy, and with capacity efficiency, the customer can achieve more capacity as compared to the normal capacity."
"The administration side of it needs to be improved. We expect an easier interface and a single upgrade for updating the infrastructure."
"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."
"In the next release, I would like better and more competitive pricing."
"Compatible with third party hardware, but it's still very limited."
"Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage."
"In the future, I would like Acropolis to add support for publishing external storage."
"Areas for improvement would be the memory setting and the CPU setting reserve features, which are not available on Acropolis. I also feel that the DR solution, the reporting, and the component that is combined with the Nutanix OSP need to be improved."
"The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release."
"The scalability of Nutanix Acropolis AOS needs improvement."
"We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved."
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.
NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.
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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NetApp HCI is ranked 18th in HCI with 4 reviews while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is ranked 1st in HCI with 86 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 6.6, while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) writes "Serious reliability and stability across the entire system makes for ROI". NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance, whereas Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Dell PowerFlex. See our NetApp HCI vs. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) report.
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