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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) pros and cons

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Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) Pros review quotes

SR
May 30, 2023
Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.
Rakesh Sarak - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 23, 2023
Single-click upgrades are the most valuable feature. In the sector in which we work, it is tough to have downtime and arrange firmware upgrades.
SM
Jul 24, 2023
It is easy to use. One of the things they have as a design goal is to reduce complexity and simplify things.
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GJ
Dec 22, 2021
One major thing that comes up again and again is stability. Our downtime is literally based on hardware upgrades that need to be done. Acropolis is very, very user friendly. You don't have to physically have a super IT guy to manage the system. You can actually give it to a younger guy to manage and there won't be problems. And if he makes a mistake, it's very, very easy to fall back and sort out the mistake.
AG
Jan 7, 2023
The most valuable features are the RBAC, role-based access control, and the reporting. NCI also provides a single platform, a single pane with a dashboard, to manage the entire infrastructure. We have complete information about overall utilization, performance, and a forecast for our platform in that single pane.
VS
Dec 12, 2022
There are a lot of things I really like. Perhaps the best part is taking a snapshot of a virtual machine. It's very quick. Another useful part is replication and creating a protection domain: using the protection feature to replicate a machine to a remote site for DR purposes.
CB
Oct 22, 2021
The initial setup is straightforward.
Mithun Nidiyenga - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 28, 2022
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.
Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 6, 2023
The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.
MahendraPanchotiya - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 7, 2024
One-click setup is a valuable feature because it allows us to set up a server automatically with a single click.
 

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) Cons review quotes

SR
May 30, 2023
There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.
Rakesh Sarak - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 23, 2023
Our client had some old Citrix Xen servers for which there is no direct migration. Nutanix has a move utility for Microsoft Hyper-V clusters or VMware clusters. You can easily migrate them using the move utility, but the Xen clusters cannot be migrated in a simple way. That is the only thing that is lacking, but nowadays, no one uses the Citrix Xen server for their clusters. Everything else is already there. Nutanix keeps on upgrading its hardware's or hypervisor's capability to be able to support new technologies.
SM
Jul 24, 2023
One of the improvements I would like to have is related to naming. It is getting confusing because they are using three-letter acronyms, which are more or less misleading. What I do not like is that they changed names and reused names. They had a meaning in the past and they are still using the names for something similar.
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GJ
Dec 22, 2021
In terms of what I would like to see improved, I would say the life cycle management. I don't know if it is because they changed to an LCM from the previous way of upgrading the hardware or software but sometimes it feels that it needs a wizard that says, "Check this, check this," telling you your options. The only thing that's a bit frustrating for me is the life cycle management interface. That's the only thing on the entire system that frustrates me.
AG
Jan 7, 2023
It already has the capability to integrate with the major cloud providers but, in an upcoming release, if there is a possibility to have it integrate with other cloud providers like IBM, Alibaba, and other moderate-level cloud providers, that would be good.
VS
Dec 12, 2022
In terms of automation, I know there are ways to do it, but it's not very user-friendly. I've been working for the last three years with Nutanix and I've managed to automate certain things, but it's a somewhat more complex job than it should be. I would like to see more documentation or knowledge base articles.
CB
Oct 22, 2021
I'd like it to be more API-based.
it_user772293 - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 7, 2019
As of now, Acropolis and VMware cannot talk to each other. Until we have some kind of interface, it would be much better for Nutanix if they built an interface which can talk. Otherwise, if I have a VMware stack and I already have a Nutanix stack, I create containers, I create clusters on VMware, I create clusters on Nutanix. All of these clusters cannot talk to each other. Then it has to be then subverted as a parallel execution. What happens then is that I have to work in two different environments within my data center. Practically, they are two different data centers but physically and logically, they are one. If they cannot talk to each other that creates a lot of issues. That is something which Nutanix has to develop because for Nutanix it is very simple. For example, Oracle is using a function called GoldenGate. They have a feature called GoldenGate which allows them to talk to various different environments which must really help.
Mithun Nidiyenga - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 28, 2022
It is a CentOS-based operating system, but CentOS releases security patches almost every week or every other week. However, Nutanix releases their upgrade at three or four month intervals. According to my organization's SLA, if a critical patch is released during that time, then I need to implement the patches within 30 days. If it is a standard patch, then I need to patch it within 60 days. Since that is my SLA, I cannot meet my SLA for security because Nutanix will not release the upgrade within these 30 days. Between the critical patch release and the Nutanix release, my customers say they are vulnerable and I am accepting the risk while the SLA is breached.
Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 6, 2023
I would enjoy an advanced mode where experienced users can leverage their knowledge to do advanced things currently only allowed using the command line tools on the CVM.