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!
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.
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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