I am currently researching Hyper-Converged solutions. Which solution performs better: Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure or VMware vSAN? Which solution do you prefer and why?
Thank you for your help.
CEO & Majority Shareholder at Comdivision Consulting GmbH
May 2, 2023
In the early days, Nutanix had the better solution, by now especially when you use a vSphere hypervisor I would go with vSAN for better integration and with ReadyNodes no complex config anymore. Also, I had several customers who complained that Nutanix got very expensive on the first renewal vs. massive initial discounts, however, I can't judge if that is true.
Enterprise Solutions Specialist - System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 2, 2023
Both can get you the performance you might want, however, you should also consider what else you get with the solution. For Nutanix, you're stuck on Acropolis if you start with that. It would be best to run either VMware or Hyper-V on top of that so migration isn't a gym show, plus the renewal cost will be very high.
vSAN is a fine option, just ensure it is designed well with enough nodes to tolerate any amount of disk failure.
Both options have their unique value but the most important thing is the data. You'll need data protection solutions like Veeam, Nakivo, or Zerto.
For an all-in-one high-performance solution with built-in data protection consider HPE SimpliVity with VMware. You'll also likely buy fewer nodes than the others with SimpliVity.
I think NCI does a pretty good job with security for its users. My organization was using a different solution before NCI, and we had to switch to this one because of pricing issues. We were worried this one might be less good because it was slightly less expensive, but we were proven wrong. It provides multi-cloud security for your applications and data and does that at an enterprise level. You can expect many benefits from it, and benefit from strong firewalls while using simple navigation. This product definitely protects our data and you can rely on it.
Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is a very secure solution and ensures this through its Flow Network Security feature. The platform establishes a foundation through a Zero Trust strategy that is compatible with regulations and increases your own data's safety. It gives you services like user-centric identity and enhanced malware protection through which your data's safety from malware and malicious attacks is considerably increased. And the best part is you can enable Flow Network Security for free for two months and give it a try. We tried it like this after requesting a personalized demo, and have not disabled it since. If you are looking for a solution that protects both your applications and your company's data - NCI is the way to go.
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We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found the erasure coding, deduplication, and on-demand scaling extremely valuable. The feature our team liked the best was that Nutanix Acropolis AOS is core-centralized on the UI - you don’t have multiple interfaces that you have to handle. It’s better integrated for the complete management of the infrastructure.
We would like to see more operating systems included, though. If you require high-end or lots of compute, Nutanix Acropolis AOS may not be a good fit for those large databases. We would like to see better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators. The solution’s integration with other platforms could also be improved.
We found VMware’s vSAN was easy to set up, configure, and manage compared to other solutions we considered. It is best suited for small- to medium-sized organizations. It is easy to create load balancing and clusters and create and delete virtual servers using this solution. The deduplication and compression are excellent.
On the DevOps side, it would be more helpful if VMware vSAN could provide more automation. Troubleshooting can be problematic; some of our clients need to monitor the solution on a daily basis, which is not so efficient. In the future, we would like to see micro-segmentation or security features added.
We researched both Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSan and we felt VMware vSAN was a better fit for us. We felt that they were reliable, offered better scaling capabilities, and had very good documentation. We also feel VMware vSAN has better integration with other platforms than Nutanix Acropolis AOS does.
Clearly Nutanix. As to why, Nutanix has a better vision, superior support and the product is more mature.
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.
If you want to have highly quick & fast snapshots and their restore then Nutanix Acropolis is the solution. Otherwise, VMware vSAN.