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Nutanix Competitor Comparision

Nutanix has benefited from the momentum of hyperconverged infrastructure. Unfortunately, its architecture has some challenges—especially with data movement and scale.

Other Nutanix drawbacks include the inability to manage multiple workloads on a single system—Tintri can and Nutanix simply cannot. Additionally, while Nutanix offers limited analytics, Tintri offers both predictive and real-time analytics for forecasting compute and storage needs 18 months into the future.



Node Configuration Storage-only Balanced storage and compute
Storage treatment Dedicated hardware for storage Storage runs within a VM


Data services like snapshots, clones, replication at a VM Level
Optimized for High performance, High density, High Efficiency environments
Enhanced storage vMotion / live migration offload


Per Workload Headroom Visualization
Real-time analytics across storage, network and compute
Predictive analytics to forecast storage and compute requirements


Expand all-flash capacity one drive at a time
Scale storage independent of compute Not Recommended
Automated rebalancing of VM placement to optimize use of resources


Inline Space savings (deduplication)
Inline Space savings (compression)
Minimal capacity overhead
No licensing tax
Snapshots without performance penalty
Workload isolation (auto-QoS)
Quality of service min / max
Non-disruptive upgrades
Multi-hypervisor support on a single system
Ability to backup to public cloud for long term retention
Address non-virtualized workloads

Bottom Line

Tintri brings its users the ability to scale storage independent from compute, whereas Nutanix recommends they be scaled in concert and that nodes remain balanced. Interestingly, Nutanix tries to claim web-scale, but it struggles to maintain stability and predictable performance beyond just 4 nodes. Conversely, Tintri can manage 64 nodes from one central console, treating the footprint as a federated pool of storage. Still not sure which storage option is best for your company? Perhaps you’re looking to save money in the data center: Tintri is smaller, faster, and costs less to operate, too.

Finally, Tintri allows its users multi-hypervisor support on a single system, and brings users upgrades without performance penalties and without disruption. Nutanix doesn’t offer the same flexibility—and that can prevent organizations from realizing the speed and agility they need.



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