Nutanix Top 5 Competitors

Nutanix top 5 competitors / Alternatives: Nutanix is best Hyper-converged Infrastructure HCI technology provider as well as leader world wide because Nutanix is the native mother / founder of HCI technology and Gartner report proved it in Gartner Magic Quadrant ( MQ) 2018 – 2019, Nutanix giving toughest competition to Top 5 competitors and/or alternative vendors / companies, those are also adopted the HCI technology to selling HCI solution to earn some money.

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Nutanix Top 5 Competitors

Nutanix HCI has top 5 competitors / alternatives those are chasing Nutanix growth and want to come number 1 in Hyper-converged Infrastructure HCI technology, so can create monopoly in IT industry, But Nutanix is Nutanix 😉
lets explore the Nutanix top 5 competitors list.

Nutanix Top 5 competitors list is here:

  • Dell EMC – VxRail
  • HPE – SimpliVity
  • Cisco – HyperFlex
  • Pivot3 – HCI Hybrid
  • Scale Computing – HC3
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Dell EMC – VxRail

The Dell EMC brand provides the products and services of the infrastructure solutions group within Dell Technologies. Dell EMC has an expansive product line marketed as hyper-converged systems to meet diverse customer needs. The vendor’s flagship product is a turnkey appliance, VxRail (introduced in 2016) and a rack-scale software-defined solution called VxRack SDDC, both of which are co-engineered with VMware. For multihypervisor implementations, Dell EMC offers rack-scale VxRack FLEX and VxFlex Ready Nodes, based on VxFlex OS as well as XC Series appliances based on Nutanix.

Through its many HCI product lines, Dell EMC addresses a broad set of use cases across midsize businesses, global enterprises and service providers for VDI, virtual server infrastructure, ROBO environments, cloud IaaS/SaaS and mission-critical business applications. Dell EMC has significantly improved its sales support for VxRail throughout 2018 by leveraging its robust direct sales as well as its channel partners worldwide, and has repositioned VxRail as a go-to product in its marketing messages.

Throughout last year, Dell EMC focused on broadening PowerEdge server model choices for HCI, simplifying the user experience through automation and LCM of both the underlying hardware infrastructure and HCI software, and delivering product enhancements that extend into service delivery. Over the past year, Dell EMC has improved the VxRail release cycle to include the latest vSAN software within 30 days of general availability with VMware.

Gartner analysis of Dell EMC does not include vSAN Ready Nodes. All vSAN Ready Nodes offerings are evaluated under VMware, regardless of the hardware partner. Our evaluation also does not include Dell EMC XC Series, which is included under the evaluation of Nutanix.

  • As a result of Dell EMC marketing and sales execution, VxRail is now deployed across a wide range of verticals and geographies, and is being shortlisted by most Gartner end users looking for an HCI solution.
  • Dell EMC’s comprehensive approach to HCI provides choices in operating environments and deployment models to address a broad range of customer requirements.
  • Dell EMC provides comprehensive, single-point-of-contact support for hardware, hypervisor and software issues of its HCI products.
  • Dell EMC VxRail relies on VMware’s software release cycle, which limits its ability to innovate its HCI stack.
  • Dell EMC does not have a single management stack across different HCI solutions in its portfolio.
  • Gartner end users often find the Dell EMC portfolio of hyperconverged products and all its variances difficult to navigate.

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HPE – SimpliVity

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is a global provider of professional services, software, servers, storage, networking and other IT infrastructure. HPE SimpliVity was introduced in May 2017. The solution, delivered as an appliance, integrates HPE servers, third-party server virtualization software and data services for storage efficiency functions from the vendor’s acquisition of SimpliVity in February 2017.

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Optionally, the solution offers software-defined networking from the company’s acquisition of Plexxi in June 2018. HPE drives lead generation and sales through special incentives for HCI customers; online, cloud-based demos and proofs of concept (POCs) to prospective customers; and total cost of ownership (TCO) and ROI calculators to estimate value.

Customers can acquire HPE SimpliVity through resellers, with a limited number of customers and service providers able to buy direct. Over the past year, HPE has expanded hypervisor support and introduced models leveraging HPE’s latest-generation servers, models without hardware-based acceleration and models with integrated networking.

Initially focused on the requirements of SMBs and larger remote office requirements, HPE has increased its capabilities to meet the needs of smaller remote sites and specific workloads in larger enterprises. In large data centers, HPE SimpliVity is often implemented together with HPE Synergy and HPE OneSphere.

  • HPE is a global, financially stable corporation with a well-established channel and mature worldwide sales, service and support capabilities.
  • HPE customers have access to a comprehensive portfolio of hybrid IT solutions that includes SimpliVity, OneSphere, OneView, Synergy and ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack.
  • HPE offers GreenLake Flex Capacity for HPE SimpliVity for consumption-based pricing of HCI and automated technology refresh management.
  • Customers standardized on competing server suppliers cannot use the SimpliVity solution, as HPE has no server-independent offering and no OEM strategy.
  • Competing HCI vendors are actively marketing and winning deals based on their ability to run their software on HPE ProLiant servers.
  • HPE’s hypervisor partners, Microsoft and VMware, both offer full-stack solutions on a broad range of competing server platforms.

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Cisco – HyperFlex

Cisco is a global provider of networking, security and other IT infrastructure. Cisco HyperFlex was introduced in April 2016. The solution, delivered as an appliance, integrates Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), which combines compute and Network Fabric, Intersight cloud-based management, third-party hypervisors, and HX Data Platform data and storage management software, originally developed by Springpath, which Cisco acquired in September 2017.

Cisco drives lead generation and sales through partner and customer education programs, by leveraging its Proof of Value program for head-to-head comparisons with competitors, and by providing partners with competitive takeout incentives. Cisco customers can purchase HyperFlex through resellers and service providers, with a small number of customers buying direct.

Cisco HyperFlex is available only on Cisco servers. Over the past year, Cisco has shown a rapid pace of new capability announcements and integrations with its broader portfolio. Initially focused on critical data center workloads needing high performance and scalability in a VMware environment, HyperFlex has expanded its capabilities across a broader set of deployment and workload requirements.

  • Cisco is a global, financially stable supplier with a well-established channel and mature worldwide sales, service and support capabilities.
  • Cisco HyperFlex customers benefit from one-stop-shop support for Cisco’s compute, networking, management, security, application performance management and multicloud application life cycle management capabilities.
  • Cisco HyperFlex is enhanced with Intersight, a cloud-resident monitoring and management service providing predictive failure analysis, alerting, proactive problem resolution through a recommendation engine, and remote edge deployment and management for HyperFlex Edge (for ROBOs).
  • Customers standardized on competing server suppliers cannot utilize that hardware to run the HX Data Platform, as Cisco has no software-only, hardware-independent offering and no server integration partners.
  • Cisco customers that want to run low-cost HCI on UCS E-Series Servers on Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) must choose an alternate HCI offering.
  • Cisco’s hypervisor partners, Microsoft and VMware, both offer full-stack solutions on a broad range of competing server platforms.

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Pivot3 – HCI Hybrid

Pivot3, founded in 2002, is a global provider of HCI solutions, including surveillance, security and IoT/edge. The vendor has a large installed base, including defense, intelligence and civilian agencies, state and local governments, transportation, and hospitality/gaming industries. Pivot3’s Acuity platform, featuring policy-based QoS software, serves multiple, mixed-application workloads on HCI.

It targets a broad range of applications, but is used primarily by enterprises for high-density and virtualized workloads, including VDI, database and mission-critical applications at ROBO or edge locations. The broader functionality of Acuity, including NVMe-level high-performance offerings, has led to significant increases in deal size and expanded HCI capabilities for hybrid clouds (Acuity Cloud Edition) and consolidation of virtualized workloads.

Pivot3 customers benefit from a growing reseller and server partner network. The vendor has increased its investment in partner development in 2018. The partnership with Lenovo has extended its geographical reach by enhancing local sales and support capabilities. Its newly created named-account team contributed to larger initial deals.

  • Pivot3’s HCI capabilities to run multiple and mixed application workloads, supported by the policy-based QoS engine, attract users requiring robust data services.
  • Pivot3’s partnerships with Lenovo and other global system providers offer customers expanded global coverage, including in emerging regions such as in Africa and India.
  • Customers have praised Pivot3’s pre- and postsales support and ease of use.
  • Pivot3 has broadened addressable workloads, including hybrid clouds and consolidation of virtualized workloads. However, among Gartner clients, the vendor has yet to gain the broad market recognition to make the initial shortlist for customers seeking HCI implementations beyond VDI and related video analytics applications.
  • Pivot3’s integrated hypervisor support is limited to ESXi, although other hypervisors such as Hyper-V or KVM can be supported as an external host to a Pivot3 HCI system.
  • Pivot3 partner Lenovo offers multiple alternative offerings that compete directly with Pivot3, which can make decisions more complex for customers.

Scale Computing – HC3

Scale Computing, a global provider of hyperconverged infrastructure, was founded in 2007. Scale’s offering, HC3, was introduced in 2012. The solution is delivered as a Scale-branded appliance and through OEMs to end users.

It is available as software-only to managed service providers, and integrates its own KVM-based hypervisor, together with software-defined storage and networking, and web-based multicluster management. Scale drives leads through marketing its integrated hypervisor as an alternative to VMware, and HC3’s hardware and management efficiency, and its ability to serve the needs of locations with no on-premises IT support.

Customers can acquire Scale’s HC3 through resellers, server partners (Lenovo and American Power Conversion [APC]) and managed service providers. Over the past year, Scale has introduced its software-only offering for MSPs, HC3 Cloud Unity DRaaS (a fully managed service for disaster recovery running HC3 software on Google Compute Engine), and HC3 Edge, with centralized multicluster management. Until 2017, Scale was deployed primarily in data centers of midsize enterprises. Over the past 12 months, the vendor has been gaining traction in distributed enterprises, ROBOs and retail.

  • In partnership with server vendors, Scale has significantly increased its ability to sell to and support customers outside the U.S.
  • Scale provides a low-cost, feature-rich offering for distributed locations of large enterprises, while also serving the needs of midsize enterprises.
  • The vendor offers consumption-based pricing for its Google Compute Engine DRaaS solution and for MSPs.
  • Scale supports only its internally developed hypervisor, based on KVM. Scale is not an option for customers standardized on VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Scale’s partner Lenovo offers multiple alternative solutions that compete directly with Scale, making differentiation difficult for customers.
  • The preponderance of Scale’s references are small and midsize enterprises. The company’s limited marketing reduces visibility with C-level approvers in large enterprises with distributed locations.

Source : Gartner MQ Report


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