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Executive Summary
Updated on July 14, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both of these solutions tell us that the setup and deployment are very easy and straightforward.
  • Features: Nutanix Acropolis AOS users tell us the solution is very easy to use and manage. The solution offers an intuitive dashboard with all-in-one centralized management and simple one-click upgrades. Nutanix Acropolis AOS offers robust scalability and integrates well with other vendors. Users would like to see improved storage utilization, optimization processes, and better visibility with the OEM backup integrators.

    VxRail users like that you are able to seamlessly deploy to a hybrid cloud and you can easily create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms. Users feel VxRail provides fast data center modernization, excellent integration, and powerful performance and reliability. Users would like better support for SAP HANA and better documentation.
  • Pricing: Nutanix Acropolis AOS users feel that the solution is a bit expensive. VxRail users are satisfied with the flexible pricing options available.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are extremely happy with the support and service they receive.

Comparison Results: Nutanix Acropolis AOS is the solution our users prefer when looking for an HCI solution. It is user-friendly and offers simple operating system features, easy installation, and excellent centralized administration. VxRail users are happier with that solution’s pricing, however.

To learn more, read our detailed Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. VxRail report (Updated: July 2022).
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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. VxRail
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What is best for use with vSphere 7: VxRail or Nutanix nodes?
Answer: I don't know the technical details, but if you want to work with the VMware hypervisor it would be best to select the VxRail platform, which is a part of Dell and VMware. The Nutanix platform would be the option to select if you are thinking of changing the VMware hypervisor for the Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor, which, besides working very well, has no cost and could represent savings to the customer.
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Pros
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""The instant failover, with vSAN copying data to the second node, allowed for the continuous availability of our applications.""I've been really impressed with it so far. I think it's pretty great, actually. It does exactly what we need it to do, and it does it well, so I would recommend it. Plus, the support has been very good."

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"The most valuable features are the user-friendly dashboard and that we don't need to move resources manually when adding new nodes into running clusters.""I have found the solution to be stable.""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.""It's much easier and faster even when you want to create a server from a template or clone.""The virtualization environment is now much easier to manage and maintain, there is only one vendor to call in case of issues and one single console to manage everything.""The pricing is pretty good.""I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable. Another aspect I really like, when one compares Citrix to VMware, is the interface where you talk directly to your VM from the present software.""One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect."

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"The ease of deployment and management of the solution are the most valuable aspects of the product.""We deploy VxRail systems to provide our customers with a distributed information solution. The customer was impressed because we delivered a serious data reduction. For example, we showed them that 10 terabytes on their traditional storage solution could be reduced to 1.5 terabytes in the VxRail systems. That's why the customers also like it so much,""There are so many features, but if I have to choose, I would go for scale-out upgrades and performance. Scale-out upgrades are very valuable. Typically, when customers engage in virtualization, they're committing themselves to run many virtual machines on a fewer number of hosts. They'll have five or six hosts, and they will run all their virtualization on vSphere. They could be having anywhere from 50 to 100 or even more virtual machines. Once all these go into production, getting downtime or getting planned maintenance windows is extremely difficult. It is something that typically businesses will frown upon. With VxRail, you can just go ahead and add a node without disrupting the existing environment, which works very well. That's why scale-out upgrades are a key feature. Its performance is also valuable. It delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.""My customers use it for VDI. It has been very usable and very fast to use with VDI. On the VxRail side also, it has been very fast.""VxRail has improved our organization by providing our admin team with an easy-to-use interface.""The stability is very nice. We haven't had any issues with the cluster. The cluster is very stable. No problems with slowness. Everything has been stable. It was well-architectured.""The compute is good and we have not had any issues with the vSAN.""The solution is stable and reliable. This is one of the main reasons why we purchased this solution."

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Cons
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility.""Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment.""We just need more integration with Veeam.""If it's possible to make a driver/solution that does not make use of the iSCSI targets of Windows, that would be great. I don't know if that's possible, however, it could make the configuration a little easier.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things."

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"In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us.""Notifications could be improved as they're not currently very useful.""It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them.""This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik.""I'm sure there are a lot of things that could be improved, but I'm actually very satisfied with this product. There may be some possibilities to move the virtual server dismounting points or to move the server from one group to another, but I can't think of any special improvements or update features.""While their overall Nutanix Bible is good, they are lacking good descriptions for particular scenarios that might be helpful to many users.""The process of migrating from old hardware to new could improve.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is new technology in a competitive market. Pricing is too high for a new product and requires better discounts to be able to compete with IBM, Dell EMC, and HP."

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"I would like to see Dell take a crack at simplifying the process of moving from a node to a cluster and assembling everything into the appliance. It would be great if Dell could provide a pathway where a customer could actually install it without the certifications. Of course, I can't say how you would dumb down something so complex.""The technical support is good but could be better.""If VxRail could also offer file services in addition to virtualization, that would be nice because sometimes people want to complement their environment with file services, and you don't have that in VxRail.""I would like to see more solutions for satellite capabilities where we can put it into smaller locations and still have the redundancy that we have with a larger cluster.""Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly.""Integration could be improved.""I can't speak to any missing features or weak aspects of the system just yet. We haven't had a chance to really dig in.""The version upgrade process should be simplified."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
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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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  • "VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor."
  • "It's a mandatory cost with everything included"
  • "I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment."
  • "The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap."
  • "At about $200,000, this solution is a little bit pricey but it is more economical than others such as Nutanix or Cisco Hyperflex."
  • "VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
  • "This is an expensive product and that should be considered a point to be improved."
  • "The solution is competitively priced but it is expensive. However, this is expected as we are a corporate enterprise and we need this environment."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    systemen519357 - PeerSpot reviewersystemen519357 (System Administrator for virtual platforms at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User

    "Nutanix node you will be running vSphere on top on the underlining Nutanix software" This description is incorrect. 


    There is no "layer" between the hardware and the OS which is ESXI hypervisor on both cases.

    BobWhitcombe - PeerSpot reviewerBobWhitcombe
    MSP

    While both systems do a very good job within the nodal limits for scaling a compute environment - it is the networking layer that has the most impact on GPU sharing across a cluster.  From a practical perspective, VxRail nodes will typically offer a discount over native Nutanix nodes.  With Nutanix you also need servers, disk, networking and GPU's.  VxRail will be more integrated with sized nodes, Dell, Cisco or other networking and often the VSphere 7 licenses can be integrated - achieving a lower net cost.  


    Testing for optimizations on either VSAN or Nutanix to see which favors a vGPU system would be something I would like to see quantified.  My guess is they are network constrained and differences between VxRail and a build your own Nutanix environment will be negligible for the same network.  Would be good to confirm if there is an optimal point - say 40Gbps vs 10Gbps or 100Gbps for the inter-GPU message passing.

    UnitManae381 - PeerSpot reviewerUnitManae381 (Unit Manager & Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Reseller

    Best option for vSphere 7 is the VxRail as it designed on VMware technology and built in integrates with vSphere, on a Nutanix node you will be running vSphere on top on the underlining Nutanix software. 

    Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewerSteffen Hornung
    Real User

    Ok, I have no hands-on with vxRail. 
    But we have vGPU running on Nutanix with ESXi (vsphere). I am not aware of something like vGPU sharing across nodes/hosts. You did not mention which solution you have in mind as you would be about to choose in the process.


    We have Citrix XenDesktop running. It works really smoothly most of the time. We only encountered a lagging problem once every few weeks which we are yet to solve. Perhaps something running in the back of our net.


    With Nutanix you would have a solid base to work with.


    You did not mention what automation is to be used. You could use something like Nutanix Calm as an automation solution.

    further reading: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on Nutanix


    Dev-Test: Cloud Development Environment & Testing Solutions | Nutanix


    Let me know which platform you have in mind to narrow down suggestions.

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    Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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    Overview

    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.

    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.

    VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.

    VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured,  pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory. 

    VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance. 

    VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box. 

    If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

    VxRail Features and Benefits

    • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
    • Fast data center modernization
    • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
    • Powerful performance and reliability
    • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
    • Excellent integration 
    • Save time
    • Reduce costs

    Reviews from Real Users

    VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."

    VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…

    VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.” 

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    Buyer's Guide
    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. VxRail
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is ranked 1st in HCI with 85 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in HCI with 79 reviews. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is rated 8.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) writes "Serious reliability and stability across the entire system makes for ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Hyper-V, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Dell PowerFlex, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. VxRail report.

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