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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Nutanix Calm?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Nutanix Calm.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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6 Answers
Fabian Spoorendonk - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Lead Platform Services | Infrastructure Consultant at Vopak
Top 20
25 October 21

There is room for improvement in the remote script execution. The way logs are shown in Calm, it's not always keeping up properly. It's really the interface that needs attention there. I believe it is something being worked on at the moment by Nutanix. Also, the integrated scripting language, which is a very limited form of Python, should be improved. It should be made into a more modern version of Python, and maybe other languages as well. I would also like to see an improved ability to integrate with APIs.

Sudarshan Shrinivasan - PeerSpot reviewer
Leader of Environments and Automation at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
22 April 21

One thing that comes directly to mind is how they manage version control. I would love to see Calm create a built-in source control feature, one that we could tie into a repository and it would self-manage changes in versions. All the version control is built within Calm right now. I would love to see that integrated with an external repository and make it easy to tie it into GitHub or Git repositories.

Ilan Stark - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Manager at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
30 September 20

As I mentioned, we use now CaaS from SUSE; it's SUSE's Kubernetes. But it's now changing. They have bought Rancher and I think that CaaS will be replaced by Rancher. So currently, to manage a Kubernetes cluster we have SUSE. But with Karbon we can manage Kubernetes with Calm. But I don't don't know how much we can do with Calm there. There could be room for improvement, although I'm not entirely sure. It's on our agenda to look into Karbon in relation to Calm and what we can do with them together. I don't know how deeply they are integrated. It's not necessarily something that is wrong. Karbon is a new product. It's been around for about two years. The integration is growing. Last year is when it started working with Calm. It's more a concept still. My wish is that it will really be supported, but I cannot say for sure. Again, I'm not saying something is wrong here. I think it's a very good platform, but there is always room of improvement.

Steffen Hornung - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator at Neuberger Gebäudeautomation GmbH
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
21 July 20

The list of blueprints and applications could be more configurable so you see all the fields you need and not just some predefined fields which are not customizable now. There are lots of pre-defined blueprints in the online marketplace but often it is a trial and error to get the pre-defined blueprints to work due to some firewall issues. But that may because of our internal firewall being too restrictive. More support for VMware environments would be great. Most blueprints are tailored for Nutanix AHV or the cloud providers. Hyper-V is currently not supported.

Head of Operations at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
18 June 20

Even though it's a lot easier, it could be a bit slicker for the end-users. The ability to create their own blueprints could be without their having to understand the details of what they're trying to do. If they could just tick this, this, this, and this — whatever they need — and it would go spinning those up, that would be better. Now, we still guide them quite a bit.

System Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
14 April 20

There is room for improvement in making the solution easier still. If you don't know Calm, it's not so easy to use. Blueprint repositories are not all in the same place. Sometimes they are in the Marketplace, sometimes they are on the cluster. And from start to finish, it's not so easy to create a blueprint.

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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
08 September 20
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.
Business Program Analyst at Department of Human Services
Oct 25, 2021
I work in the department of human services for the government.Would you use one or both ALM and JIRA to manage the SDLC and production support work?Thanks! I appreciate the help.
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Director of Agile Development Solutions at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
14 April 20
Can you clarify what you mean by ALM? ALM typically stands for Agile Lifecycle Management and JIRA is one of many ALM tools on the market so I am not clear on what you are asking. You say your doing both software development and operations/production support so I assume you may be using Scrum and Kanban. In my experience JIRA is fine for small single team use and primarily for Scrum. You can use it for Kanban but if you are looking for the typical metrics we track with production/operations teams vs SDLC teams then JIRA may not be the right answer for your production teams. If you are just looking for the visibility offered by Kanban then JIRA may provide sufficient ability.
Manager at MFGS, Inc.
14 April 20
I would recommend the use of Micro Focus ALM Octane for any Agile, DevSecOps projects. ALM Octane can integrate with many open source and third-party solutions, out of the box. Octane gives your organization a Single Pane of glass to monitor and manage the entire SDLC!
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