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.
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.
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.