2020-04-14T06:13:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What do you like most about Nutanix Calm?

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about Nutanix Calm?

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Fabian Spoorendonk - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Lead Platform Services | Infrastructure Consultant at Vopak
Consultant
Top 10
2021-10-25T10:29:00Z
Oct 25, 2021

I really like the Nutanix Marketplace a lot. We publish standard workloads there and that, in combination with the Projects, allows for self-service, which is the most powerful feature of Calm.

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Sudarshan Shrinivasan - PeerSpot reviewer
Leader of Environments and Automation at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-22T15:04:00Z
Apr 22, 2021

The blueprints and templates are very nice and easy to use. They are very valuable because we can configure the entirety of an environment as a template and reuse it multiple times.

Ilan Stark - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2020-09-30T08:03:00Z
Sep 30, 2020

The scripting, where you can use libraries, is a valuable feature. We don't really make the blueprints, as we have a third-party company that makes them for us. But it enables calling APIs in the blueprints. When we create a machine, we use IPAM from Infoblox and we can get an IP address. It's one platform to script and we can then use all the APIs to complete the scripts. It gives us a central management tool from which we can do a lot of things automatically.

Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-07-21T10:42:00Z
Jul 21, 2020

Previous inquiries took us almost a full day to prepare the VM to the liking of our users. Now the deployment time is below 15 minutes and users can do it on their own! That leaves us to only update the blueprints if new requirements come in or new Windows Versions are published. As we have now predefined setups the testing team can rely on common ground for their product tests. Development teams can experiment with alpha versions in a secured environment (separate VLANs) without harming production machines.

KM
Head of Operations at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-06-18T08:15:00Z
Jun 18, 2020

The fact that these are non-technical people — they're experts in their fields but they're definitely not technical — and they can just log in to the portal and select the resource that they believe they need, and manage it themselves, speaks to the ease of use. It shows them their live costs, etc., as they're spending. The fact that they can do that without any problems, or having to engage the IT teams, is a true testament to it. There's no need for any user training at all.

Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-06-23T13:34:40Z
Jun 23, 2020

The easy way to provide users with full-fledged VMs the way IT wants it to be while still being flexible.

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OM
System Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-04-14T06:13:00Z
Apr 14, 2020

The solution's support for scripts... has reduced the man-hours it takes to deploy and support applications because we don't have to rewrite all the scripts.

Related Questions
PV
Resp. Pole Administrateurs Système Windows at APRR
Sep 8, 2020
Who has done a comparison between VMware vRealize Automation and Nutanix Calm?  I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
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Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Sep 8, 2020
We are running Nutanix Calm now for a year. We have done feature- and cost comparison with vRealize Automation. We still run ESXi as Hypervisor on our Production Cluster (non-Calm). But Nutanix AHV on our Calm-Cluster But vRealize Automation comes short in many ways. We asked our Nutanix Partner for advice and they set us up with a reference contact who was already using Calm in production. Their statement made clear there is no other product out there that comes close to Calm. Our cost-comparison also made clear that there is not even a price advantage for VMware.To be honest, I never looked back to what vRealize could do because Calm works so well.And if you ever had contact with Nutanix Support you would be sold immediately. We never had support on an infrastructure solution that is so responsive and successful.If ANY problems arise just hit them with your questions, no matter if it is technical issues or a feature you require. My opinion may be biased but I have experienced that VMware products don't integrate so well with each other as Nutanix products do.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 25, 2021
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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KM
Head of Operations at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 18, 2020
I can't really comment on pricing because, being in the public sector, we get different pricing to what is out there in the world. But in terms of approach, size it on what your minimum would need to be and then add additional licensing as you need it, rather than trying to go too big, too quickly. The whole point of Nutanix software is that you can grow and size the estate, rather than going instantly to a monolithic solution from day one.
Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Jul 21, 2020
Setup can be done with Nutanix documentation by yourself to save up some money. Getting a consultant to support on the first steps has its perks, though. But you can always count on Nutanix Support to help out with questions or contact community. Does not matter if where your location is. We had outstanding support from europe, india and the US support offices. Licensing should be a no-brainer but since there came up various options you should take a close look on the feature matrix to see what is in it and if you need it. Nutanix Calm has a 25-VM-license per customer for free. You only need to license Prism Central Pro node licenses for the cluster you are running Calm against. Every nutanix partner should be able to assist with this.
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