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NUTANIX CUSTOM CTO SYSTEM

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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 34reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The converged storage infrastructure is a great benefit that removes the necessity of a separate storage network. Valuable Features:The converged storage infrastructure is a great benefit that removes the necessity of a separate storage network.The web-based management portal (Prism) is very robust and easy to understand.There is very little to manually configure, for the Nutanix or (in our case) VMware OS, once the scripted installation has completed.Very knowledgeable support engineers.Improvements to My Organization:For us, the Nutanix 3060 was a fantastic solution because it was an exact fit for the purpose of refreshing our hypervisor (VMware) infrastructure. For example, our existing VMware licensing allowed for a total of 8 sockets, which fit perfectly since the 3060 consists of (4) nodes with (2) sockets each. Our fiscal planning called for the replacement of two of our hypervisor hosts and an HP P2000 G3 SAN however, we were able to justify a Nutanix 3060 appliance due to the hyper-converged features. We also went from a 1G iSCSI storage network to 10G and we didn't need to purchase a 10G switch for the storage traffic since we connected the 10G nics in the Nutanix nodes directly to our end-of-rack switches. The simplification, cost-savings, and across the board performance increase made the Nutanix a great decision.Room for Improvement:The Nutanix uses controller VMs for disk I/O, metadata, etc. and they can consume significant resources so be sure to account for the additional CPU and memory the controllers will need. There is one controller VM per node so Nutanix and/or your reseller can help you calculate what additional resources you'll need.The Nutanix OS (NOS) is proprietary so, out of the box, you will need a Nutanix Support Engineer's (SE) help to configure the appliance. This doesn't take long and I haven't needed to make any adjustments since the configuration was performed.We have (2) 10G ports per node (you can have 4) so all of the network, vMotion, storage, etc. traffic goes through the same nic. This hasn't been an issue for us and the 10G nics handle all the traffic quite well with no bottlenecks. In fact, we are still seeing 0ms read and write latency with 40% resource utilization.Use of Solution:Our Nutanix has been in production for 1 month.Deployment Issues:There was some sort of communication breakdown with the Nutanix SE and our reseller. I mentioned before the installation is done with a Nutanix SE due to the proprietary installation but I was not made aware of this until after I tried to perform the installation myself. Once I became aware (after reading a lot of documentation) and contacted Nutanix Support, the engineer who helped me was extremely knowledgeable and got the installation back on track.Stability Issues:No stability issues.Scalability Issues:No, however we do not have any short-term plans to scale out beyond our current Nutanix appliance.Customer Service:I have not needed to contact customer service.Technical Support:Outstanding on every level.Previous Solutions:We were using HP servers, switches, and SANs for our hypervisor solution. The hyper-converged infrastructure became a more attractive option since there is less to manage separately. The management portal (Prism) manages everything centrally and can be configured for your SNMP solution.Initial Setup:The initial setup is somewhat complex and needs to be coordinated with a support engineer. Given the amount of proprietary technology (NOS, features, and Nutanix has their own optional hypervisor solution (Acropolis)), it isn't surprising nor a frustration.Implementation Team:As I mentioned previously, the installation was done by me with the help of a Nutanix SE.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is a pricey solution considering it's essentially a fork lift upgrade but the features, redundancy, and performance made it the most attractive solution for us.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at Simplivity as well but decided on the Nutanix because it was a better fit for our VMware licensing. We were able to simply replace (4) of our existing VMware hosts with (4) Nutanix nodes in a single appliance.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have been running Nutanix in our Datacenter for a couple of years now. We have now added a second block to compliment the first one. The system is always growing, and Nutanix is great at keeping up. They are constantly upgrading their systems not only for stability but always adding new Features.We have been running our SQL, Exchange and SharePoint infrastructure off of it. The performance and stability is top notch. September 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by In 2013 the University%u2019s Systems team was specifically looking for a new server hosting platform that platform that would increase agility, improve consolidation ratios and lower capacity/interoperability risk. With the primary premise of the design being a scale out approach whereby local node resources are woven into a global resource fabric for presentation and consumption. At that point in time we had segregated physical servers for our virtual server hosting, and when those assets would run out of resources, our only options were to migrate to newer or larger infrastructure.We specifically selected Nutanix as they aligned with the requirements we outlined above, but also because at the time, they were the only vendor we could identify that supported Microsoft%u2019s Hyper-V virtualisation platform. This was crucial for us, as at the time of solution selection, all of our virtual server environment was hosted on Hyper-V.Our initial testing of the Nutanix platform started in September 2013 when we purchased our first Nutanix cluster running Microsoft Hyper-V. We were selected to be part of the beta testing program that was assisting Nutanix to test Hyper-V on the Nutanix platform. We initially used the first cluster to host virtual servers for our test and development environment.After the successful pilot of selected test/dev workloads on Nutanix Hyper-V, we then went on to procure our second Nutanix cluster in November 2013 to be used to host production workloads. For production workloads we opted to go with VMware ESXi. As we found the clustering support and reliability in Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager somewhat erratic, and wanted to compare this with directly with vSphere. The initial production cluster was four nodes, and after seeing how robust and reliable the Nutanix platform and vSphere worked together, we have progressively scaled out the cluster to allow us to migrate more and more of our production workloads from our legacy infrastructure to the Nutanix platform.In July 2014 we purchased our third Nutanix cluster to be used for disaster recovery (DR) purposes. The data protection capabilities available on the Nutanix platform allow the automatic synchronising of virtual servers onto Nutanix infrastructure in a secondary location. In the event of a disaster, those virtual servers can be brought online quickly without having to restore from backup.The benefits (listed below) of moving to the Nutanix platform have been significant, and for this reason our Nutanix environment continues to grow. Late last year we purchased a new cluster specifically for our researchers to host research related data and to provide them with resources to assist in their research computational requirements. This year we have purchased another cluster to migrate on Oracle RAC test/dev environment to. This will be our first cluster to run entirely on AHV.Benefits:- Consolidation, resulting in a 36% reduction of our physical infrastructure footprint- Of our hardware that was end of life in 2015, 83% was migrated Nutanix. This allowed the decommissioning of approximately 40 physical hosts- Ease of upgrade %u2013 no downtime required when upgrading to newer versions of the Nutanix software (NOS). Upgrades can be done in business hours- Nutanx%u2019s support is the benchmark for us when comparing support received from other vendors. What separates them from other vendors is the removal of the traditional tiers of support levels. When engaging with Nutanix support you are always working directly with a certified Nutanix engineer right from when the case is logged, through to when it is closed.- All systems migrated to the Nutanix platform now have a greater degree of reliability and redundancy because of Nutanix%u2019s built-in high availability and data protection capabilities- Scale out options %u2013 now much easier to expand storage and compute resources when required, no need to migrate to separate infrastructure- The data protection capabilities- Increased performance %u2013 Nutanix%u2019s use of distributed data tiering between flash and spinning disk give migrated workloads a performance boost- Decreased time working in the data centres, freeing up resources for strategic projects- Increased reliability and availability of workloads hosted on the platform, less downtime, resulting in greater productivity for end users- Increased performance for key systems, such as our student lecture recording system- The installation process of all our Nutanix clusters has been straightforward and seamless. This in large part is due to Nutanix%u2019s commitment in providing onsite Nutanix engineers to assist with the installation processOf course any IT platform is not without its quirks. Nutanix are always pushing the boundaries to add better features and increase the performance of the platform. This can sometimes lead to the odd issue, but as the support from Nutanix is excellent, issues are quickly addressed and fixed. There can sometimes be a case of update fatigue, as new versions of the Nutanix OS are released fairly regularly. But because updates can be installed without downtime or maintenance windows, this is only a minor gripe. August 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Experience with the dell xc web-scale converged applianceLast year we have decide to create a new VDI environment. Our requirement was Fast IO, data redundancy and data center redundancy. Our partner Dell came up with a couple of solutions. An extension of our SAN with a couple of expensive disks was one of the options. We were not for sure how many iops we needed and don%u2019t want the complexity of Storage paths with every aspect any more.Another option was an Dell/Nutanix, a solution to create simplicity in management. Dell/Nutanix promised us high ops and data/data center redundancy. Our first Proof of concept cluster with the Dell XC series was great! We reached with 4 nodes a random read iops of 144k and random write 140k iops. That was with the Nutanix OS 4.5. After the Proof of concept we ordered 12 XC nodes for two data centers. After a software upgrade to Nutanix OS 4.6 we had much more iops on the same hardware as our proof of concept cluster. Read was 545k of iops and write 350k of iops. Great!!We had some issues with the Metro functionality, what a bug was within Nutanix. After our support call they find a solution and came up very quickly with a update. The support of Nutanix is fantastic! The only disappointment was Dell support in the beginning. Dell is a Hardware supporter and not a software supporter. So in the past months Dell have changed his Support workflow and everything is fixed for us.Now running a fully loaded XenDesktop cluster on Nutanix with ESXi and MCS for provisioning.We are happy with our Nutanix solution. Later this year we shall migrate our application VM%u2019s from an old vmware 5.1 cluster to Nutanix. August 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I've been running our infrastructure on a number of blocks (1050s and 3060 G4s) for the past 2 years. Workload has predominantly been a mixture of web based applications using Oracle WebLogic and Enterprise 12c on VMware v5.5. I can honestly say we've really had no issues in that time other than a couple of failed DIMMS and a false positive for a PSU. Support have been excellent and have gone out of their way to help us whenever we've had an odd question or something that looked at bit worrying.If you plan on using it, do make sure you're running this on good 10GbE network hardware as 1GbE won't cut it. Spend the time learning the AOS and make sure your team get to grips with items like PRISM, NCC and do the online training - it definitely makes things easier.For us it just works - no worrying about SANS, or older x86 servers from other providers. Going forward I'm sure we'll migrate more workloads to AHV (their hypervisor) and therefore reduce our VMware costs. July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product. Been using for 6 months. Support is great. They always on top of things.We have scaled down from 2 cabinets 84 RU's to 4RU's!!! JUST AMAZING!! July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Been using Nutanix for a little over 2 years. Very pleased with the solution. Our VDI environments have been running great since we moved them to Nutanix. Starting with server workload and have had positive experience so far. Support staff is great; very knowledgeable, always available and have fixed our issues in record time. One major drawback of the solution is the inability to grow the storage on demand. We've tried the cold storage nodes and they don't seem to offload much from the compute nodes. Looks like they might be delivering new offering that may help alleviate this issue. Also have an issue with ESXi patching. If host is down too long, cluster thinks it's lost a node, triesto restripe data and it causes a big spike in used capacity. July 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have been running Nutanix for 3 years now. It has its' ups and downs, but once you stabilize it - its just beautiful.Not to mention the Nutanix Support - like, it is the best I have ever used.The hardware platform prices went up in the next few years, but what can you do? We are still going Nutanix _each_ time we expand the Infrastructure. July 14, 2016
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