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We performed a comparison between Nutanix AHV Virtualization and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) 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.

To learn more, read our detailed Nutanix AHV Virtualization vs. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"It's user-friendly.""The solution is user-friendly and provides good virtual machine backups. The user interface gets updated when there is a new release.""The support is excellent.""Nutanix's customer support is good, one of its biggest selling points.""Nutanix AHV's most valuable feature is NetFlow.""If we want to move the virtual machine from one host to another, it's simple, straightforward, and stable.""The solution scales very well.""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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"What's best about Nutanix Acropolis AOS is its simplicity. It's simple to install and simple to understand. The technical support and support portal for this product are both very good and very helpful.""The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).""The flexibility of this system is very good. It's also faster than others, and has skilled technical support who showed more initiative than a competitor, e.g. VMware.""The scalability is great.""It is less expensive than VMware products. It is also a little bit more flexible, but it really comes down to price for us.""The stability is good. This is the number-one product in that regard.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage.""It has centralized management. It is easy for an engineer to manage. More work goes to patching, upgrades, and maintenance. Nutanix is very easy to upgrade. It takes one click. Engineers do not need to spend additional time with Nutanix for upgrades. With one click, it will complete the upgrade and show the results. Other hypervisor solutions are not like this, specifically since you must do all the components one by one."

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Cons
"The price of Nutanix AHV Virtualization could improve.""A lot of tasks cannot be performed using the GUI, the graphical interface.""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.""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.""An improvement would be for Nutanix AHV to support VMDK, AOS, Hyper-V, and VMware.""If you have the need for special hardware like FibreChannel-Cards or such and there is no networked-way around it (such as you could work with USB Dongles via an HW-Dongle-Server of network), you have to use a separate hypervisor.""VMware does tend to have more features than AHV. It's more of the leader in this space.""There are times when consultants, construction, or building firms need to use Beam but it can be difficult."

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"Setup can be a little difficult""There is room to enhance the micro-segmentation.""While the customer support is truly incredible, for Spanish speakers it would be appropriate to have support in their native language to further improve problem-solving conditions.""In the future, I would like to see integration with external storage using the fiber channel""The One-Click Upgrade process could/should offer the ability to integrate with 3rd party drivers. For example, we use NVIDIA Grid graphics cards. It would be amazing if, during the One-Click Upgrade process, we could "slipstream" additional VIB drivers for ESXi into the upgrade process.""USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix.""An area for improvement would be the cyber security features.""This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
    Top Answer: Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions from core to edge and multi-cloud environments. It helps IT and OT teams deploy… more »
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
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    Rating
    8.6
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    out of 38 in HCI
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    Average Words per Review
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    Also Known As
    Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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    Overview
    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.

    Modernize Your Business with the Leading HCI Platform

    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.

    AOS Storage

    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.

    Flexible and Open Compute

    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.

    Automated and Secure Networking

    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.

    Offer
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    Sample Customers
    JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, SAIC Volkswagen
    St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    University9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise33%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Nutanix AHV Virtualization is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 15 reviews while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is ranked 1st in HCI with 86 reviews. Nutanix AHV Virtualization is rated 8.6, while Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nutanix AHV Virtualization writes "Lightweight, integrates well, and the technical support is responsive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) writes "Serious reliability and stability across the entire system makes for ROI". Nutanix AHV Virtualization is most compared with VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE, KVM, Hyper-V and Oracle VM, whereas Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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