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"It's scalable. Whenever we buy another product other than hardware, it's easily integrated into the virtualization software that we download.""The case fileserver on the web server is the most valuable feature.""It's in English, so its exceptional qualities make the control environment more flexible, easier, more stable, and easy to recover after issues.""Active Memory Sharing dynamically reallocates memory of running partitions based on changing workload demands. The memory for the pool is carved out from Physical memory and is made logical memory. The said memory is not available to be assigned to partitions as dedicated memory. A min, max and desired as well as weight is assigned to the memory of each lpar to help hypervisor make a decision in case a condition where priority is to be given to a certain lapr to use the memory form shared pool.""The most valuable features in this solution are you do not get degradation in the performance like you could get in other solutions. There is a physical adapter that is better than a virtual one and you can assign adapters to a VM.""A valuable feature of PowerVM is a feature that is used for higher availability plus stream for posting, which is very useful. There's a flash copy feature which we are using. PowerVM itself, I know, helps us to control and manage our Oracle licensing compliance, since it is our hardware partitioning. This is very important. If you use VMware, there will be a licensing issue. This PowerVM is a hardware partitioner, which is very important for license compliance. We are happy with this solution.""The stability is the most valuable aspect of this solution. IBM is the most powerful and stable platform.""Technical support is great."

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"It has been stable so far.""Everything is core centralized on the UI.""The most valuable features are the user-friendly dashboard and that we don't need to move resources manually when adding new nodes into running clusters.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""Technical support is okay.""It is 100% stable. It's the most stable infrastructure that we have.""The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).""We really love the Lifecycle manager and one-click upgrades."

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"If it could actually virtualize the entire platform it might be better. If you're having more than one virtualization technology, maybe there's a way to actually have less - one technology to run the data center and maybe one special virtualization for power. If it integrated with other platforms more effectively it might be better.""The performance should be improved.""To make it a ten, I would like for them to add automation and configuration tools in order to help use the manager.""A GUI version of VIOS would be a great plus for people moving from Intel-based hypervisors.""The interface is not user-friendly in places, so it could use some improvement.""I would like for IBM to be more focuses on the cloud.""This solution is lacking the ability to have servers act as a cluster, such as in VMware. IBM has come out with a feature similar to VMware's vCenter but it is not as mature. They need to add LPM shared-nothing feature, such as in vMotion.""I don't know whether this has been trialed already, but IBM should give us an alert when we reach seven or eight failovers so that we can automatically switch it to manual mode. That would be great because if we cross the 10-day licensing limit, we have to pay a hefty license cost to Oracle. If IBM could view that feature, it would be helpful in license compliance."

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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.""In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us.""As of now, Acropolis and VMware cannot talk to each other. Until we have some kind of interface, it would be much better for Nutanix if they built an interface that can talk. Otherwise, if I have a VMware stack and I already have a Nutanix stack, I can create containers, I create clusters on VMware, I create clusters on Nutanix.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution.""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.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future.""Compatible with third party hardware, but it's still very limited.""Pricing and varieties of options could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price varies from case to case and you have to negotiate it for every project."
  • "The license cost is bundled with IBM Power Systems as it is limited to RISC-based IBM systems only."
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  • "AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
  • "The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
  • "This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions."
  • "Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
  • "My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
  • "Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
  • "The pricing is fair for the package."
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    The pricing is too high. there are other options on the market that are priced at less of a cost. IBM needs to begin to compete with them a bit more.
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    Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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    Overview
    Power is server virtualization without limits. Businesses are turning to PowerVM server virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i and Linux applications built upon the advanced RAS features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

    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

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    Sample Customers
    Sto, Soitec, SNO, Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH, Al Mansour Holding, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Huhtamaki, ELK Group, IT-Informatik, Arkansas Tech University, Pneuhage
    St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Consumer Goods Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    IBM PowerVM is ranked 10th in Server Virtualization Software with 9 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 71 reviews. IBM PowerVM is rated 8.8, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM PowerVM writes "Faster performance per core without increasing Oracle license compliance and better scalability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". IBM PowerVM is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE and Nutanix AHV, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.

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