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Question: What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere?
Answer: Nutanix Acropolis has been specially designed to respond to the problems of hyperconverged infrastructures.We believe that Nutanix Acropolis is more flexible and better suited to respond to the issues of very high availability.
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"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""It is extremely stable.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"The initial setup was quite straightforward.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).""Technical support is okay.""The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades.""The ease of deployment is very good.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""We really love the Lifecycle manager and one-click upgrades."

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"The ability to monitor resource utilization.""The virtualization this solution offer is very complete for the infrastructure.""It's easy to use.""I don't see any challenges in using this product.""The most valuable feature is the VDP Backup solution.""The virtualization is set by itself. vSphere is the best way to have a non-host based fixed solution. We always try to find an agnostic environment where we can restore agnostics or just say, "I need resources, capacity." That's why VMware vSphere in particular, has been the best in the past but now also with the evolution of their product. Nowadays, you don't have to use any STEM infrastructure anymore because the bandwidth and the land speeds are getting steeper.""The solution is user-friendly. It is easy to convert, create, and manage systems.""The stability of the solution is excellent."

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Cons
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""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.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""I would like to see different levels of support offered."

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"Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage.""USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix.""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.""This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future.""It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them.""I'm not very technical, so I don't know if there are any features that are really lacking. Our customers seem pleased with it, and I haven't heard of any downsides."

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"The initial setup could be better. It manages all the setups, but it's not very straightforward, and it takes time.""The HTML 5 client has always lagged behind.""I would like to see more support regarding containers, and they need more features for them.""The biggest room for improvement would be just simplicity. It is very intuitive, but it needs somebody with a lot of IT background.""The technical support is not too bad, but not the best.""They should improve their storage management part. vSphere has its own file system type, called VMSS, and that file system doesn't report on proper data usage or things like that. There are certain loopholes wherein it sometimes shows you erroneous data. Again, their VMSS file system, their data storage management system, and its reporting must be improved a lot.""The initial setup is quite complex.""On the older version of VMware vSphere, possibly version four, we had a feature that allowed us to backup Ziploc machines. It has not been available in the newer version such as six or seven. I have been looking for another solution to accomplish the backups but they should bring back this plugin-type tool to allow older backup capabilities."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""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 that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."

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"The pricing is quite good in comparison with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Scale, and even traditional architecture.""The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available.""When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""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.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""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."

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"We pay for our license.""I'm satisfied with the VMware vSphere price. They have a bundle that is priced well. However, any advantage feature is very costly.""The price could be lower.""This is an expensive product and the price needs to be reduced.""The solution requires a license and it could be cheaper.""I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper.""It is expensive.""We pay our licensing fees on a yearly basis."

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Answers from the Community
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author avatarPatrick Ringelberg
Real User

Question one:
Does the customer already have vSphere because than I would suggest not to use Acropolis? Nutanix wants to control the entire platform with its HCI solution like VMware.

Question 2:
Do you want to use NSX now or in the future? Use VMware, because if it will be supported and it would always give issues with the integrations with Acropolis.

Question 3:
Is the growth of the customer low? Then Nutanix can be a choice if it is bigger than VMware. Nutanix is not flexible in big site setups and can give big problems with updating.

author avatarSteffen Hornung
Real User

Acropolis in itself is no product. 
Do we speak AOS or AHV Ort both?


AOS is the intelligence on Top of a hypervisor making AHV Or Vsphere an HCI Solution.


AHV is Nutanix own KVM-based hypervisor managed completely within Prism from AOS, so there is no standalone offering, it always comes with AOS.


This seems to contradict the statement above, but since you can have AOS without AHV, you can make a clear distinction between both.


AHV has the advantage of being optimized tightly with AOS. Together with ESXi, you still have to use two management tools for AOS + ESXi. AHV + AOS utilizes the same prism element web management. So, integration is the biggest difference between AHV and ESXi


For AOS and ESXi the answer is quite simple: you would have to compare VSAN with AOS. Then you see, the integration of products and resiliency in Nutanix is better by a magnitude.


if your comparing features you have AHV on Par with ESXi.


AHV is the predominant hypervisor on nutanix systems deployed. Vmware would mostly be used for customers who already have vsphere licenses or want to keep their standard hypervisor.


I dont think there are stability issues with AOS or AHV. We tend to update more frequently our AHV systems than we do with VMware. With Nutanix you leverage the update process conveniently with LifeCycleManagement (LCM) integrated into Prism Web Management supplying everything from native nutanix products to firmware for your hypervisor hosts. There are also regular customer notifications to warn of detected misconfigurations in the field and check for your own setup and howto act on that. I never got anything from VMware regarding such a thing. And I do know what a purple screen of death looks like...

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: 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 »
Top Answer: DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms… more »
Top Answer: We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux… more »
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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.

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

VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews while VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 108 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while VMware vSphere is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, Proxmox VE, KVM and Oracle VM.

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