We are often approached by clients who want to know more about converged infrastructure and offerings from Nutanix and VCE. The Taneja Group, a boutique analyst firm providing analysis and consulting for the technology industry, recently surveyed customers about the real world performance of these converged infrastructure solutions.
Taneja interviewed a random sample of customers of each vendor and here are some of their conclusions:
- Nutanix allows customers to start small and scale incrementally and linearly as needed.
- VCE’s scale-up architecture allows customers to customize a virtual solution tuned to their unique workloads.
- The Nutanix web-scale converged infrastructure is software defined for maximum flexibility with shared-nothing distributed data, metadata and operations.
- VCE Vblock systems are made up exclusively of VMware software, Cisco Nexus switches and UCS, and EMC storage.
- A Nutanix installation requires a one to two week design phase, two weeks for order to delivery and one day to deploy.
- VCE has a two to three month design phase, 45 day factory configuration and one week deployment.
Nutanix may be a startup, but they are extremely well funded with a $2 billion valuation and, as eGeek Consulting analyst and IT consultant Trevor Pott has said, “They are a major player with an established enterprise brand. They are well resourced, have a massive R&D department and are a legitimate threat to every other large IT vendor out there because they absolutely will break out of their existing niche, and they have a vast array of projects aimed at exactly that.”
VCE, to us, is more of a specialized product better suited for use cases where its scale-up architecture can be a real advantage. Persistent rumors over the stability of the VCE coalition of VMware, Cisco and EMC and its higher costs for racks of equipment, installation and training can make it a hard sell in some data centers.
We have had great success with Nutanix in a variety of environments and its ease of installation and low acquisition and support costs make it one of the most affordable entry points to converged infrastructure.
You can read the executive summary of the Taneja Group report here.