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Updated on Apr 5, 2022

We performed a comparison between Nutanix AHV and VMware vSphere based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Nutanix AHV users and VMware vSphere users felt the setup and deployment of both solutions were easy.
  • Features: Nutanix AHV users loved its manageability and liked the ease of troubleshooting and investigating problems but felt there were limitations with the compatibility of other software. VMware vSphere users felt the solution was easy to maintain, had great stability, and allowed for good virtualization, but felt the solution wasn’t so user-friendly.
  • Pricing: Nutanix AHV users felt the solution was expensive yet competitively priced. VMware vSphere users felt the pricing was costly.
  • Service and Support: Nutanix AHV users were extremely satisfied with the level of support. Most VMware vSphere users were happy with the support.

Comparison Results: Nutanix AHV and VMware vSphere have a similar user rating regarding ease of deployment and service and support. If pricing is a factor, Nutanix AHV had a better rating. Regarding features, Nutanix AHV users felt there were software compatibility limitations, whereas VMware vSphere users felt the solution wasn’t so user-friendly.

To learn more, read our detailed Nutanix AHV Virtualization vs. VMware vSphere Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"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.""It is the simple non-consideration we get with this product that's great. It just works.""If we want to move the virtual machine from one host to another, it's simple, straightforward, and stable.""Using AHV, we have a built-in VR solution. It operates using a reduplication-based unique package transfer process.""The feature that has had the most impact is data locality. That is a feature that makes Nutanix different from other hypervisors. It helps us to get application performance that is probably double what we got with the legacy, three-tier architecture.""The storage features and volume system are great.""The support is excellent.""The solution scales very well."

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"The solution has many valuable features. Virtualization is flexible and it has simple clustering. However, the most important feature is the ability to move between VMs. The vMotion features are very good.""The solution is easy to use, user-friendly interface and has high availability features. When comparing it to other solutions it is more robust.""The most valuable feature of VMware vSphere is the ability to work in a big system infrastructure.""Technical support is quite good and very responsive.""The virtualization this solution offer is very complete for the infrastructure.""Once you have everything configured, it is relatively straightforward.""The enterprise direction is very complete and the data center provides almost everything you need.""The fact that you can use all the CPU and memory power that the server can provide is most valuable. In a physical server, you might end up not using all the physical resources. There are a lot of benefits, such as flexibility and mobility, in virtualizing computes."

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Cons
"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.""VMware does tend to have more features than AHV. It's more of the leader in this space.""An improvement would be for Nutanix AHV to support VMDK, AOS, Hyper-V, and VMware.""The software based controller has high consumption. This could be improved.""The initial installation is complex. It took approximately four days.""The solution is very expensive.""The solution could improve the call logging system to HPE, it is a bit tedious.""I would like to see more automation of Day One operations, such as DRS, and HA."

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"Archiving, exporting, and backing up need to be improved for this solution, because they're slower than expected.""They can lower the price of its license.""We'd always like to see the price drop, but I realize that may not be realistic.""To manage it properly, you have to know this product really well.""Without a lot of physical RAM on the hardware, it's not very effective. The stability could be improved in cases like this.""We would like to see the container-based operating system launched soon for this solution.""There should be a bit more flexibility in terms of the hardware we can use with the product.""Stability-wise, there are some minor issues."

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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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  • "This is quite an expensive product, although everything is included in the standard licensing fee."
  • "It could be cheaper."
  • "vSphere is expensive."
  • "Its price is quite high. VMware licensing is quite costly. You have to pay for the CPU and Threads, but if you want good service, you have to pay the price. Its cost is not more than 1 million for us."
  • "The licensing has become cheaper over time."
  • "Its price is slightly higher for India. It is a little bit expensive on a monthly basis when considering the value of the Indian rupee."
  • "The price could always be lower, but I think it's fair."
  • "This is an expensive product and the price needs to be reduced."
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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:DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
    Top Answer:We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
    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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    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.

    VMware vSphere is a powerful and complete server virtualization platform that allows its users to create and manage virtual data centers and machines. VMware vSphere is designed to help IT departments set up and run applications using the most cost-effective computer resources. By using vSphere, organizations save the time and energy necessary for purchasing infrastructure and software and reduce ongoing maintenance and operational burdens on IT teams.

    Infrastructure administrators and network operators can access and manage the vSphere server by using a web-based cross-platform client application or via the vSphere client tool provided with vSphere. 

    VMware vSphere provides visibility into VMs and enables its users to carry out operations to manage VMs. This includes tasks such as:

    • Powering VMs on and off
    • Launching the VM console
    • Shutting down guest operating systems
    • Settings configurations
    • Taking system snapshots

    VMware vSphere Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using VMware vSphere include: 

    • Reduced costs: Since VMware applications are run on a server, it is not necessary to spend large amounts of your organization’s money on hardware, software, and infrastructure.
    • Increased productivity and customer satisfaction: VMware is able to operate multiple complex processes simultaneously. With all your applications being managed and run on the cloud, downtime, failures, and application errors are rare. VMware easily scales up and down to meet your computing needs. The high availability that VMware provides allows your IT staff to focus on other issues and keeps your customers satisfied with the service they receive.
    • Unlimited access to your VMs: VMware’s user-friendly cloud-based interface allows any employee to work from any location at any time.
    • Enhanced security: VMware’s security tools deliver full visibility into your entire system. This keeps your applications and data more secure, in any type of environment. VMware provides multiple protective tools including antiviruses and anti-malware, as well as backup and recovery services.

    VMware vSphere Features

    Below is a list of some of VMware vSphere’s key features:

    • Transferable virtual machine images: Export and import virtual machine images from your local environment. This gives users the ability to set up and configure their systems locally and only upload them to the server once everything is working properly. VM images can be moved back and forth between vendors, ensuring that your company is never tied up to a specific cloud vendor.
    • User-friendly interface: Using VMware’s intuitive console, you can easily create, manage, share, and deploy virtual machines.
    • API integration: VMware’s APIs support integration with third-party applications for data protection, multipathing, and disk array solutions.
    • Distributed power management: Automate efficiency by continuously optimizing server power consumption within each cluster.

    Reviews from Real Users

    VMware vSphere stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. A few major ones are its virtualization abilities, its flexibility and availability, and its user-friendly interface.

    Felix D., an Automation project administrator, DCS, I&E at Centennial Cayman Corp, writes, “The connectivity is fantastic, and many functions can run together in one server. If you need to scale, we can continue to add components or modules. It's a beautiful virtual solution that has many advantages over physical hardware, where you have to use devices and wiring to connect all your projects.”

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    Nutanix AHV Virtualization is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 18 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 108 reviews. Nutanix AHV Virtualization is rated 8.6, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. 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 VMware vSphere writes "Strong performance, works well with large infrastructures but it is quite expensive". Nutanix AHV Virtualization is most compared with Proxmox VE, Hyper-V, KVM, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Oracle VM, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, VMware Workstation, KVM and RHEV. See our Nutanix AHV Virtualization vs. VMware vSphere report.

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