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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget."

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"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."

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"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is flexible and has helped people to work from home during the pandemic.""One of the most valuable features is how well this solution performs. It's stable, aside from some patch issues, but it's great from a virtualization and scalability perspective.""Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix.""A great feature involves real-time hardware changes.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.""One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect."

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Cons
"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."

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"The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.""The installation is complex.""I would like to see a more user-friendly interface."

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"The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future.""It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others.""I'm sure there are a lot of things that could be improved, but I'm actually very satisfied with this product. There may be some possibilities to move the virtual server dismounting points or to move the server from one group to another, but I can't think of any special improvements or update features.""Some clients find the solution's cost to be too high.""In the next release, I would like better and more competitive pricing.""Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators.""One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."

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"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.""The pricing for this solution is good."

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"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable.""The price of the solution is high.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""The price of the solution could improve. Nutanix has recently changed its pricing model from perpetual to subscription. They have identified there are challenges with the pricing model.""The cost of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
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Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
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Financial Services Firm9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,407 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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