IT Central Station is now PeerSpot: Here's why
Andrii Levchenko - PeerSpot reviewer
BDM (Technical) at Softprom by ERC
Reseller
Top 10
Sufficient for everyday operations, perfect support, and good for dynamic infrastructures
Pros and Cons
  • "I like the general usability for general configuration. It is sufficient for everyday operations."
  • "The life cycle management or LCM feature is the most complicated. It takes really long and is unpredictable for our use cases. They should provide more detailed information about the kind of LCM to go for, various errors, and different kinds of tasks. For analytics for certain configurations, we require more details with the report. Sometimes, not all elements are present for support, management, and configuration. For troubleshooting, it would be very easy and useful if we can analyze log files directly from Prism, that is, not from the command line but directly from Prism."

What is our primary use case?

We manage the basic infrastructure with Prism and Prism Control. 

What is most valuable?

I like the general usability for general configuration. It is sufficient for everyday operations.

What needs improvement?

The life cycle management or LCM feature is the most complicated. It takes really long and is unpredictable for our use cases. They should provide more detailed information about the kind of LCM to go for, various errors, and different kinds of tasks. For analytics for certain configurations, we require more details with the report. Sometimes, not all elements are present for support, management, and configuration. For troubleshooting, it would be very easy and useful if we can analyze log files directly from Prism, that is, not from the command line but directly from Prism.

How are customer service and support?

Their technical support is perfect. They provide very fast answers to every problem. The solution is generally provided on the same day.
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What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When compared with VMware, it is an overpriced solution for basic features, but for a highly complex project, its price very adequate.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very complex solution with many different functionalities. Prism Element is for enterprises of any size. In Prism Pro or Prism Ultimate, the functionality is a bit locked to the company size and the IT infrastructure size. You don't always need a very big installation for a big business. I would advise others to use Prism Central because Prism Element does not have all the required management features that Prism Central has.  I would recommend this solution for all organizations planning to build infrastructure for any size and change. It is easy for changes in size or functionality. I would rate Nutanix Prism a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Distributor
System & Infrastructure Consultant at CBI
MSP
Top 5
Single location management, intuitive interface, and simple implmentation

What is our primary use case?

I am using Nutanix Prism for many types of equipment, such as servers, SAN switches, and storage areas. You are able to manage your infrastructure from one central location, such as VMs and servers.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Nutanix Prism is the single location management. You can manage everything from one location HTML5 web interface which is highly intuitive. The solution is easy to use, you do not need to be an expert in storage. 

What needs improvement?

Nutanix Prism could improve by having more features or configurations in the web interface. We should not have to use the command-line interface(CLI). For some clients using the CLI can be difficult.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Nutanix Prism for approximately six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nutanix Prism is highly stable. I experienced all three types of installation, Hyper-V, ESXi, and AHV. For Hyper-V, there are a lot of instabilities.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of Nutanix Prism is very simple. You do not have to perform any difficult operations. When you deploy your cluster and perform the workloads, it's called Foundation. When you have completed this, Prism's is accessible. For Prism Element, no configuration is required. The configuration is available once you have deployed your cluster.

The Prism Central, you only have to download a virtual appliance that is available from the Nutanix website. You deploy it where the VM is. You only have to administer your cluster and then you can manage everything in the new platform, it's very easy.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Nutanix Prism a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Sr. Customer Support Engineer at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable and scalable but difficult to manage

What is our primary use case?

I mainly use Prism for the database file server.

What needs improvement?

Prism is not very user-friendly, particularly in its upgrade process, compared to vSAN. They don't really provide support for long-term services but offer upgrades very frequently, which means we don't always have the time to update to the newest version. Both configuration and manageability are complicated too.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Nutanix Prism for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Prism is stable, but the frequent updates cause interruptions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Prism is easy to scale.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is fine, we usually get support within the same day as logging an issue. However, they don't make their tech articles easily available, unlike Lenovo or Dell, which makes it harder to solve problems on your own.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was moderate - I would rate it six out of ten. It took three to four days to set up, compared to one or two days for vSAN.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The license for Prism is costlier than other VMs.

What other advice do I have?

I would not recommend Prism and would rate it seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Ability to have a single point to match things and simplicity of use are key benefits

What is our primary use case?

We have a data center and provide licenses to our customers. Our company uses this solution on private cloud and our customers generally use it on-prem. We are partners and resellers of Nutanix and I'm a systems engineer.

What is most valuable?

I like the simplicity of use and the ability to have a single point to match things.

What needs improvement?

We've been waiting a long time for micro application using a company's provider, that would be a good improvement. The cost of the solution is quite high and I'd like to see that lowered. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for six years. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I think the technical support of Nutanix is one of the best supports I have used.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and takes about an hour. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In addition to the standard licensing fees there are extra costs for some functionalities such as capacity planning using Prism Pro.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a 10 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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