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What advice do you have for others considering Nutanix Era?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Nutanix Era, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Reseller

I would rate Nutanix Era eight out of 10. I would recommend it to anyone who is considering it. It has some very good features. It really works with multiple silos in terms of infrastructure, database updates, and migration. So many things are easy with Era. You really don't need to follow the cycle that DBAs usually follow. It's really fast also. It really speeds things up.

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Top 20Real User

My advice would be to engage with the Nutanix Era team as soon as possible to plan the implementation and to learn what you need to know about it. Make sure you read the documentation and work with the team so that you're comfortable troubleshooting any problems. In addition to the product being good, the support for Era is excellent. Take advantage of that to make it easy on yourself. We don't use it for snapshots and to clone databases, but if we did I believe it would decrease the time it takes to do those things. In our organization, there are three people who use the solution on the Unix team, and there are three DBAs who are the primary users. Overall, I don't know anything else that does what it does and I would give it a 10 out of 10.

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Top 10Real User

If you look at the monitoring for long-running queries, it has given us good visibility of where the problem areas lie within the big databases. This gave us a good indication/direction to fix indexes and look at performance bottlenecks. It is a great product. I would definitely give it a 10 out of 10. With the technology that it provides and the simplicity of the actual solution, there is no one who can compete with it.

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Top 5Real User

During our PoC, we did the technical side of testing Nutanix, and we did some benchmarking on the performance, but we didn't really get into the performance optimization monitoring and tuning of the databases. Assessing and optimizing database performance is one of the reasons that we plan to do the pilot project. The delay was that we couldn't put our actual production systems online during the PoC because it's a bit difficult to intermix PoC with production. The plan is that when we go into the pilot, we will select better production databases that fit the different use cases, and then we will do the performance tuning and see how those tools help us. The one thing that I'm uncertain about that might be important would be the monitoring and performance tuning capabilities. Since we do have a lot of other tools and experience with that, we might find that Era doesn't quite cater the same way, or we might find it actually does better. I'm not sure at this point. The biggest lesson that we've learned is that being able to automate almost 90% of the provisioning process is something that we never thought would be possible, mainly because there are so many different nuanced things that you have to do when you provision the database server. We tried to do manual scripting with PowerShell, which didn't always go as planned. But with the provisioning scripting that Era gives us, we finally have an option for a tool that will automate a lot of the stuff that we do, which means that in turn, we can focus on the important things. The one piece of advice I would give for anybody who is considering this product is to look at your data storage profile, and see how many different database vendors and database engines you use. If it's anything more than one then definitely, go for Era. It makes life for managing these different types of database engines a lot simpler. Because I haven't been using Era for at least a year, I don't really know if there are any issues that we haven't seen that might pop up. So far, everything looks good, but over time, little niggles may appear. Considering this, I cannot say that it's a perfect solution at this point. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

We're reseller partners, and we sell various solutions to our customers. We only set up the solution for our customers; it's our customers that choose the deployment model they want to work with. If others are considering implementing the solution, I'd advise that the first check the availability and compatibility of the product against their existing systems and infrastructure. I'd rate the solution quite high, at about nine out of ten.

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Top 10Reseller

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Nutanix Era as a four or five. Because we have only been using the product for less than five months, we are still doing some evaluations and there is feedback pending from the customer experience. There is too much that we still need to discover. But the pricing and the stability are big problems. I will have to give this product a four.

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Real User

This is a solution that I recommend. It has very good features for the database lifecycle, and I would definitely recommend that people try this. This is a good solution, but there is always room for enhancements such as compatibility with other databases. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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