Nutanix: AOS Storage Review | Enterprise Storage Forum


The Nutanix Acropolis Operating System (AOS) is a scale-out distributed storage system that delivers enterprise-grade capabilities through a distributed software architecture and delivers scalable, resilient, and high performance for all workloads.

Nutanix AOS goes beyond the limitations of traditional storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS). It provides a platform for all cloud applications and work and enables the movement of any applications or data between public and private cloud, delivering efficient and comprehensive hybrid performance.

Nutanix and the cloud storage market

Global Cloud Storage Market was worth USD 46.12 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 222.25 Billion by 2027, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% from 2020 to 2027.

In Q2 2021, Nutanix’s HCI products generated $581 million in revenue, up 13.4% year-over-year (YoY).

Annual contract value billing (ACV) was $217.9 million, with a 37% year-on-year change, annual recurring revenue (ARR) was $1.04 billion, with a year-over-year change of 55% YoY, and the annual contract value (ACV) was $1.68. billion, with a year-on-year variation of 21%, based on Nutanix revenue in 2Q financial year 2022.

“Our second quarter reflected strong and continued execution, demonstrating strong year-over-year improvement in revenue and earnings,” said Rajib Ramaswami, president and CEO of Nutanix.

“We are also seeing growing momentum towards the adoption of hybrid multicloud models and believe that the recent launch of our hybrid multicloud solution portfolio will strengthen our ability to deliver the solutions our customers need.”

Nutanix AOS Features

High performance storage system

Latest enhancements in a series of development and growth of the core architecture of the hyperconverged infrastructure operating system enable higher performance and scale and build capabilities that result in rapid adoption storage technologies, such as solid-state drives, non-volatile memory. express (NVme), Intel Optane, etc.

AOS runs in a Linux-based virtual machine on each node of a Controller Virtual Machine (CVM), and Nutanix Blockstore is a free space manager that controls space on physical devices at a server-level granularity. block.

Resilient and secure storage platform

Nutanix AOS Storage uses advanced distributed software algorithms that protect data from bit rot and hardware failure to physical theft and total site failure. AOS is designed to provide resiliency that keeps applications running regardless of underlying hardware and software failures.

Nutanix AOS manages all storage resources to maintain data and system integrity in the event of node, disk, or software failure.

Flexible and scalable cloud infrastructure

Nutanix AOS Storage can scale and deploy infrastructure for the workload and scale. It mixes and matches hardware configurations seamlessly, allowing users to adapt over time.

AOS runs as a virtual storage controller on each node in a cluster, forming a distributed system, and all nodes work together to aggregate individual direct-attached storage (DAS) resources into a single global namespace .

Nutanix AOS Use Cases

Here are some user descriptions of their experiences with the product:

“We recently did an AOS upgrade, and the whole process was pretty much automated. You just had to confirm that things were working correctly afterwards. It’s much, much better now than before. -Mig Gomez, Systems Support Group Leader, California State University, Long Beach

“Nutanix HCI delivers the performance, stability, and ease of use we need to maximize agility and establish a flexible, scalable foundation for digital transformation.” -Xu Haiqing, Director of Information Management Department. Tsingtao Brewery Co.

“Nutanix ticked all of our boxes for scalability, resiliency, and performance. And really successful with its mature and very powerful Prism Central management interface. Also, although we weren’t using it for the Continent 8 platform, the AHV hypervisor also prompted the decision to go with Nutanix and it’s something we’ll be using in the future. So are the many cloud services that can be added to extend the capabilities of the Nutanix platform. -Keith Stafford, Head of Cloud Architecture, Continent 8 Technologies

Nutanix AOS Differentiators

Built-in AHV virtualization

Nutanix AOS built-in AHV virtualization provides a native virtualization solution and the features required to run enterprise applications without additional licensing fees. Nutanix AOS AHV Virtualization also supports virtualization solutions from VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Advanced Enterprise Cloud

Nutanix AOS goes beyond the limitations of traditional SAN and NAS storage and runs applications at scale and in various clouds. Businesses need to modernize the data center with advanced web-scale technology.

Networking and platform services

Nutanix AOS provides a comprehensive set of services to secure applications with network visualization and automate common network operations. AOS enables IT organizations to consolidate their workloads onto the Nutanix platform and centrally manage them through software-defined platform services.

Nutanix AOS User Reviews

Nutanix AOS receives mostly positive reviews from several user review sites.

Based on G2 reviews, Nutanix AOS is rated 4.6 out of 5.0.

According to TrustRadius reviews, Nutanix AOS has an overall score of 8.6 out of 10, with scores in several other categories, including:

  • Probability of renewal: 8.4 out of 10
  • Usability: 8.3 out of 10
  • Availability: 8.7 out of 10
  • Performance: 9.0 out of 10
  • Support Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • In-person training: 8.6 out of 10
  • Online training: 9.1 out of 10
  • Implementation score: 9.1 out of 10
  • Product Scalability: 9.1 out of 10

Based on Gartner Peer Insights reviews, Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure, or AOS, scores 4.8 out of 5.0, with a 94% recommendation. The product also receives high scores in several other categories:

  • Rating and contract: 4.5 out of 5.0
  • Integration and deployment: 4.7 out of 5.0
  • Service and support: 4.8 out of 5.0
  • Product Capabilities: 4.7 out of 5.0

Nutanix AOS Pricing

Nutanix offers three pricing models for AOS Pro/node and AOS Ultimate/node: Pay-as-you-Go (PayG), CC-35 and CC-100. All models are available on an hourly or yearly basis.

Hour-based pricing model:

  • PayG for AOS Pro/node and AOS Ultimate/node: $1.75 and $2.10
  • CC-35 for AOS Pro/node and AOS Ultimate/node: $1.31 and $1.58
  • CC-100 for AOS Pro/node and AOS Ultimate/node: $1.05 and $1.26

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