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2019-06-25T11:08:00Z

What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere?

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One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Nutanix Acropolis vs VMware vSphere.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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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.

2020-07-09T12:33:51Z
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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...

2021-07-04T23:00:50Z
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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.

2019-07-21T12:40:42Z
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