2019-10-16T06:52:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Nutanix AHV?

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KV
Vice President of Information Technology at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
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Top 10
2020-08-30T08:41:02Z
Aug 30, 2020

We don't have to pay extra for Acropolis because it is built into Nutanix. If we were using another product, like VMware, then we would need to have a separate license for the hypervisor.

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KT
i-Security Engineer at M.Tech
Real User
2020-02-24T06:03:00Z
Feb 24, 2020

Some of the features required additional licenses.

HA
Senior IT Consultant
Consultant
2020-01-29T11:22:35Z
Jan 29, 2020

AHV is free, it's an open-source solution.

Syed FasihUr Rahman - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2019-10-16T06:52:00Z
Oct 16, 2019

The most valuable feature of this solution is that there is no licensing fee. This means that if you don't have any virtual environment in your organization and wanted to go virtualized, and on top of that you want to go more than the data center, you don't have to worry about the licensing for the virtual infrastructure. It comes free of cost. If you want to choose another hypervisor then you need to pay a lot of licensing fees upfront, and then a recurring cost over the years for support and upgrades. That's the big difference between AHV and the others.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
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Oct 28, 2021
Which is better?
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Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Oct 28, 2021
To understand which is better - Nutanix AHV or VMware vSphere - you need to do a product comparison. Both products support hypervisors. However, Nutanix supports some of the most popular ones and more options than VMware does. While Nutanix supports VMware ESXi, Nutanix AHV and Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware only supports VMware ESXi. Additionally, with Nutanix, AHV virtualization is included at no cost and with VMware, virtualization licenses are sold separately. In terms of architectural design, Nutanix has a modern web-scale architecture and VMware has legacy SAN technologies that are retrofitted into software. The native file storage is also different for each product; Nutanix has file storage through Nutanix files whereas VMware has file storage via File Services. Moreso, if you need native object storage services, VMware requires third-party products while Nutanix does not. I like that Nutanix has integrated machine learning, which is not a VMware feature. Another thing I like about Nutanix is that it has a low-latency application performance via data locality, which is not architecturally possible with VMware. I am also a fan of Nutanix because of their delivery model. It is customer-managed for full flexibility. Moreover, VMware requires proprietary gateways for network integration, while I don’t have to worry about that when using Nutanix. I will also mention that Nutanix provides license portability between public and private clouds while VMware has very limited support. One other advantage Nutanix has is that VM hibernation is supported and thus helps reduce costs. This isn’t the case for VMware. It’s also worth noting that Nutanix products are recognized for full lifecycle simplicity - making sure the product is easy to use from initial deployment to production scaling, troubleshooting, and beyond. Conclusion: For my needs, Nutanix is much better than VMware vSphere. As you can tell, Nutanix has many more features, which swayed my decision in choosing it over vSphere.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 28, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Nutanix AHV. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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Syed FasihUr Rahman - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 16, 2019
At the application level, if you wanted to change your hypervisor from VMware or another to AHV then there is a limitation in that you need to redeploy the whole application. For example, let's say that you are running Oracle ERP or Oracle Financial Business Suite, and it is on VMware. Then you switch to AHV and you migrate the virtual machine, it will be there, but all of the links that were created in the previous hypervisor will be broken. So, what Nutanix recommends is that you redeploy the application. This is quite a bit of work. For example, the ERP requires a lot of time to implement and get into synch and get running smoothly. The technical support for this solution needs to be improved in terms of response time. This solution should offer more orchestration and automation as we see in VMware. They can do more. I would like to see more use cases from Nutanix on future trend technologies such as IoT, data analytics, big data, smart cities, and more. They need to do more R&D with respect to these new technologies. This would make it easy for us to understand whether they are capable of such functionality, or not.
Mohammed KamalMouline - PeerSpot reviewer
System IT Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 22, 2019
The solution is not suitable for all migrations. The solution should work to improve its stability for All type of VM's boot options
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