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2019-03-12T07:53:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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What Is The Biggest Difference Between NetApp HCI and Nutanix?

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is NetApp HCI vs Nutanix.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between NetApp HCI and Nutanix? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating hyper-converged solutions and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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it_user951444 - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at SCC
Real User
2019-03-13T12:56:02Z
13 March 19

The biggest difference is the ability to scale compute and storage independently. NetApp can scale up the storage without the need for extra CPU (and hence VMware licenses for ESX). Nutanix does have a storage node, but it has limitations. Another key difference is the NetApp uses an inbuilt method for the central storage plane and doesn't use VSAN which saves on licensing. Cost wise, Nutanix is almost always more expensive than alternative solutions.

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AG
Business Development Manager at Integrated Networks
Reseller
2019-03-26T09:40:05Z
26 March 19

NetApp is all flash based on SolidFire Storage . support only VMware
but Nutanix can work with VMware , Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV . Also it can be Hybrid Or All Flash.

PR
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2019-03-25T00:59:40Z
25 March 19

If your prime consideration is initial cost then Nutanix with it's ability to provide a non-Flash solution is going to be the answer.
The NetApp HCI solution with separate compute and storage nodes enables scaling in either resource type without needing to include the other. This could reduce TCO over a period of time as requirements change. As the storage is non-virtualised more CPU resources are made available to service user workloads. Native connectivity to hyperscalers and design guides for Private Cloud and an expanding hypervisor landscape.

Dominik Oppitz - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Solutions Sales at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-10-31T11:16:08Z
31 October 19

Ahmed Gomaa, I am sorry, but this is plain wrong.

NetApp HCI supports not only VMware, HyperV, and KVM but has also the unique ability to connect physical hosts without performance penalty or license overhead.

The biggest difference in terms of architecture is that Nutanix needs a Controler Virtual Machine on every host, beeing a legacy HCI architecture. NetApp HCI is references as "disaggregated HCI" as compute nodes serve only compute and storage nodes serve only storage. This allows us to scale compute and storage independently, so no HCI tax wasted.

THE biggest difference in terms of performance is that IOPs are guaranteed in the storage subsystem of NetApp HCI. This is a game-changer for a datacenter as it enables private cloud admins to guarantee SLAs - not just bet on them.

For small environments without the need for VMware Nutanix may be a good choice. But data locality (data needs to reside on the hosts it is read from (kills this solution in my perspective for larger deployments). Even with a prism - making the administration of multiple Nutanix clusters nice and shiny - there are still several clusters in place. With NetApp, HCI there is no need for this. You can consolidate workloads on a massive scale.

The biggest difference in terms of hybrid multi-cloud is that NetApp HCI can speak natively with ONTAP systems via SnapMirror and it integrates directly into all hyperscalers. Ultimately the management of containers can be done within one pane of glass - regardless of where the containers live - OnPrem on HCI, GCS, AWS, Azure.

For me the HCI market is like the automotive market 60 years ago: Germans invented the car, but US-made is cool. Nutanix "invented" HCI, but NetApp wtook it that one step further.

SS
System Engineer with 201-500 employees
Reseller
2019-03-14T07:21:18Z
14 March 19

NetApp are enables to NetApp's customers (Already customers) to reuse their legacy hardware while moving the legacy hardware to DR and using SnapMirror techonology for replication while they will use at Primary site using NetApp HCI . It's reducing to need to buy solution for two sites

In the other hand , Nutanix have solutions based Hybrid, those are reduce costs , not every customer is need an All flash solution.
Also , in Nutanix the customer can choose with which hypervisor the would like to run their environment (AHV , VMWARE KVM , Hyper-V etc..)

it_user902001 - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant
User
2019-03-14T02:54:20Z
14 March 19

Wihout any doubt go for nutanix HCI

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User
2019-03-13T13:25:07Z
13 March 19

My only difference is that Nutanix was still developing features with their software BUT what was there fir what we were accessing was very good. I cannot comment on cost as everyone uses their own vendor pools. You need to test both interfaces in your environment or in the vendors test environment and determine if the solution overall will fit your Architecture and Growth plans.
Don't forget the learning curve to adapt and the ongoing maintenance costs. Finally Support... call into the support line and see if their response or professionalism with will for you.
Nothing worse than calling for support and it the company has 9-5 offering lol.

AG
Business Development Manager at Integrated Networks
Reseller
2019-03-13T10:03:17Z
13 March 19

it depends on your needs
NetApp Is Very Good , but expensive as it's All Flash , based on SolidFire Storage . It will support only VMware
but Nutanix can be ALL Flash or Hybrid , also can work with Hyper-v , VMware or Nutanix AHV

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Hi community, I work as a System Engineer at a large Financial Services company (size: 1000+ employees). Currently, I've been looking at the following HCI solutions: Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSAN.  Which of them would you recommend to my company? Otherwise, should I explore any alternative enterprise solution? Please let me know why. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Hi.  We have deployed VmWare vSAN to some of our customers. The advantage with VmWare vSAN is that the vSAN software is integrated in ESX. So, you do not need to deploy virtual SAN as VM's. But you need a Witness VM, wich is a virtual ESX - so it will appear as two machines - little confusing in the beginning.  For small deployment (ROBO), you can have a two node cluster, with vcenter installed on the vSAN. This is a cost-effective solution. But keep in mind, the HCL from VmWare - all hardware has to be approved (on the vSAN Hardware Compability List). We have also been searching for a solution to replace the EOL HPE VSA (StorVirtual). Here we came across StoreMagic SvSAN - we have deployed this to a Hyper-V customer. It also runs on VMware vSphere. This is also a brilliant solution and very cost-effective. The deployment scenario is often ROBO (Remote Office Branch Office), but it can scale up.  In a two-node scenario, you can connect 10Gb Eth direct between the two nodes, for synchronization. This works for both VmWare vSAN and Store MAgic SvSAN.
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
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Nov 09, 2021
What are the pros and cons of each?
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Mohab Samy - PeerSpot reviewer
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09 September 21
VMware vSAN
Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
10 September 21
Clearly Nutanix. As to why, Nutanix has a better vision, superior support and the product is more mature. See http://www.joshodgers.com/tag/... Josh Odgers has a series of comparison articles. Short story: vSAN has been released and since that they are beginning to wipe out their shortcomings. That means for AOS: more performance, better stability and resiliency. Back at Nutanix's support, did I mention its awesomeness? I am a Nutanix customer.
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