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Nutanix Flow vs. VMware NSX
July 2022
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"It allows for policies that enable complete visibility and traffic control.""Nutanix Flow is straightforward to install. You only need to select a checkmark that you want to enable Nutanix Flow.""Nutanix Flow has a lot of data protection features. It's also valuable for operations and management. It's a big solution that works well with different solutions and is suitable for most business cases."

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"I have found VMware NSX to be easy to use.""The security offered by VMware NSX is the most valuable, plus it's a feature-rich product that's straightforward to install and configure.""The most valuable features are ease of use and user interface.""Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.""During our experience, the solution has been stable.""Provides protection for virtual machines.""The most valuable features are the micro-segmentation and integrated security options.""I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."

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"For customers who are running Nutanix Flow and AHV, the largest area for improvement is in the disaster recovery environments. To automate the populate of rules from one side to the other side in case of disaster you report everything on the disaster recovery site, and you have all the rules automatically applied. This was something that was being built when I left Nutanix. It might already be available. Additionally, the usability of the rules editor could improve.""The most difficult part is the configuration of the initial blueprints.""Nutanix Flow's networking features could use some improvement. Also, I don't know if it's currently supporting load balancing or not."

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"There are always issues integrating with Cisco.""Occasionally the licensing is not very clear. They should make it easier to understand.""There are sometimes mismatch in the control, the details and what you actually see on the transport note.""We have done three installations and we have not had any critical issues. The time it took for the installation was approximately two days. However, they should provide better documentation.""One drawback is this solution requires a lot of other products in the VMware ecosystem to have a full end-to-end operation orchestration monitoring. You have to buy a lot of add-ons to fully utilize the functionality.""Quite a complex solution.""The solution can improve by making it more straightforward, easier to install and maintain in the environment.""The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced."

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  • "This model is very accessible to implement."
  • "There is an annual subscription to use this solution. There is a 60-day trial to use the solution, it gives you time to decide if you want to continue using the solution."
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  • "The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Nutanix Flow is straightforward to install. You only need to select a checkmark that you want to enable Nutanix Flow.
    Top Answer:There is an annual subscription to use this solution. There is a 60-day trial to use the solution, it gives you time to decide if you want to continue using the solution. I rate the price of Nutanix… more »
    Top Answer:For customers who are running Nutanix Flow and AHV, the largest area for improvement is in the disaster recovery environments. To automate the populate of rules from one side to the other side in case… more »
    Top Answer:There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
    Top Answer:Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of VMware NSX are the tight integration with the VMware Hypervisor natively and the management console. We have a lot of other integrations where you are able to see the… more »
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    Overview

    Achieve better application security and enhance network automation. Deliver application-centric security for your VMs running on AHV via visualization, microsegmentation, and network automation. Extend your functionality further with networking partner integrations. Nutanix Flow provides one-click visibility and security - and works seamlessly on any network.

    VMware NSX is a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.

    VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.

    VMware NSX Use Cases

    VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.

    Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."

    A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."

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    Sample Customers
    JetBlue, International Speedway Corporation, Volkswagen SAIC, Brighton and Hove City Council, Foresters Financial, Janus International Group, Cloud Comrade, Serco
    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nutanix Flow vs. VMware NSX
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Flow vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Nutanix Flow is ranked 7th in Microsegmentation Software with 3 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 2nd in Microsegmentation Software with 28 reviews. Nutanix Flow is rated 9.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix Flow writes "It's a big solution that works well with different solutions and is suitable for most business cases". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Nutanix Flow is most compared with Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra, Nuage Networks and Illumio Adaptive Security Platform, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra, Illumio Adaptive Security Platform and Check Point CloudGuard Network Security. See our Nutanix Flow vs. VMware NSX report.

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