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"The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure.""It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.""The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory.""The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"

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"The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""Technical support is okay.""The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.""Everything is core centralized on the UI.""In the world of IT operations, there is a lot of noise. Traditionally, systems would generate a great deal of alerts, events, and notifications, often leading to the operator either a) not seeing critical alerts since they are lost in the noise or b) disregarding the alerts/events."

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Cons
"More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring.""It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes.""Documentation management could be improved""I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools."

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"The One-Click Upgrade process could/should offer the ability to integrate with 3rd party drivers. For example, we use NVIDIA Grid graphics cards. It would be amazing if, during the One-Click Upgrade process, we could "slipstream" additional VIB drivers for ESXi into the upgrade process.""Pricing and varieties of options could be better.""The self-service side of the product needs to be improved. We should be able to add two-factor authentication and more security layers to it.""There is room to enhance the micro-segmentation.""Nutanix needs to improve network features like Passthrough – SR-IOV. It could be improved by supporting SR-IOV, if they had that support, I would not have needed to implement the VMWare vSAN.""This product would be improved if it included a hybrid cloud solution.""The cost of the solution is too expensive. There are other options, such as VMware, that are offered for less money. In Latin America, it seems to be overpriced for the market.""While the customer support is truly incredible, for Spanish speakers it would be appropriate to have support in their native language to further improve problem-solving conditions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly.""Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."

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"Our Nutanix license is for five years. There is a support arrangement there, but that aspect is more or less taken care of during the initial installation. With HCI architecture, whenever we do any kind of auto scaling or scaling of servers and resources, there is a significant amount of software licensing involved.""The pricing is fair for the package.""This product is expensive, but they do have discounts. At one point, I saw that they were giving a 70% or 80% discount, which is a good thing, but maybe they should have a more realistic price and then a 5% to 10% discount.""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.""There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors.""The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."

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Overview

Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

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.

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St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
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Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company9%
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Comms Service Provider22%
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Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 47 reviews. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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