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 is your primary use case for Nutanix Calm?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

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

We use Calm as an automation engine for deployment of the cluster software over our network. We are also using it to deploy standardized workloads on the Nutanix clusters. We also use it to create a "self-service shop," where we can select to deploy standardized workloads and choose a certain profile for a particular server, and the Calm engine will integrate with other solutions like our IP database and CDB. Everything is fully automated. In addition to standardized workloads, we also can say, "Give us a generic virtual machine."

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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
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2021-04-22T15:04:00Z
Apr 22, 2021

We are currently using Calm to automate our infrastructure and platform provisioning, including going into infrastructure-as-code, standing up environments, and triggering deployment processes. We aren't looking for it to automate application management to a single platform because we are spread across Azure Pipelines and Octopus Deploy and multiple methods of automating our application deployments. In the last year, we have standardized what we are doing with Calm in terms of infrastructure automation. We haven't stepped into application life cycle management with Calm. We are mostly focusing on leveraging Calm as our platform and infrastructure provisioning orchestrator. It is based on-premises on our Nutanix cluster.

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

One goal was to automate things. We had a lot of tools, but we needed a centralized tool. Calm helps us to centralize the deployments of our VMs. We have a subsystem installed on Nutanix and we have blueprints for setting up this subsystem very easily. Also, for Kubernetes clusters, we use now CaaS from SUSE and we also create Kubernetes clusters with Calm. Our strategy is to make blueprints for all the virtual machines environments. It's an ongoing process.

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

We provide Test-VMs to users. Currently, we deploy only Windows-VMs from Windows 10 1803 up to 20H2 and Server 2012 R2 to Server 2019. The blueprints consist of a base Windows Image (which is used as a template for the VM to be) and several tasks you can define and use remote PowerShell to get whatever you need to get done, like install additional software, set registry keys - you name it. Each task is then executed in the defined order and results can be reviewed even during execution time. Hardware specs can be made configurable, so users can adjust the amount of RAM or CPU core count but can also be set to static. We recently set the machines up to configure customary passwords and give users an email notification when the machine is ready to use. Also we differentiate machine networks based on the users department to separate machines.

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

We wanted to find a way to start getting our academics used to paying for compute without having to actually pay, but still to do it for real in the cloud. We use the self-service portal within Nutanix for them to deposit some funds, which is a cost charge, not a credit card, and then we say, "Okay, based on that, you have bought X amount of CPUs, Y amount of memory, and Z amount of storage." They can then go in and say, "Okay, well, I know I've got a pool of 10 BCPs for a month. I want to spin up three of them to process this data, which I'll then tear down afterwards." We use it for our neurological psychology department where they do a lot of brain scans. They want to upload them to a place where they can compute the output of those scans and then they want to tear down their compute afterwards, because they don't need to be running all the time. Another area uses it for looking at weather data, which is typically quite a large amount of data. They only need to process once and then they can destroy it because they don't need to look at it again, once they've done analytics on it. Those are our typical use cases: to allow our research areas to spin up their resources against a pricing model that they've secured funding for, and not have to engage the IT teams to provide the resources for them. It also allows them not to go beyond their budgets and stay within predefined lanes. We have it on-premise. We built our own private cloud and we host it on there for our academics to consume and spin up their own resources. We know that we could burst up to Azure, AWS, and GCP, but we don't. We keep it all within our private cloud at the moment.

Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-06-24T15:24:24Z
Jun 24, 2020

We create Windows Testmachines for our Test Department from Win7 up to Server 2019

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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

We are using Calm to deploy a new server. We have four blueprints: the first one is to bring the network; the second one is to configure the elements; the third and the fourth ones are for deploying new servers.

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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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