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Steps To Migrate to Nutanix From VMware

January 28, 2024 | min


For customers considering a switch from VMware to Nutanix, Nutanix emerges as a superior alternative, offering unified hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) architecture, consistent multicloud operations with frequent security upgrades, and fully portable licenses across diverse cloud environments.

Making a migration to Nutanix from VMware solutions can address many of your infrastructure concerns. If the move seems daunting, find reassurance in the fact that Nutanix simplifies the migration process into just a few straightforward steps and we’ve helped do thousands of migrations over the years.

Key Takeaways:

  • Planning your migration is as easy as mapping your current VMware® products to the corresponding Nutanix® solutions with similar functionality.
  • Nutanix provides a framework on how customers can envision and plan their migrations.
  • There are also additional migration destinations in the Nutanix environment that you might choose to adopt due to their functionality that goes beyond what VMware offers.
  • Nutanix also provides specialized tools, expert support, and specialized education to streamline your migration and help you hit the ground running in your new ecosystem.

Step One: Planning Your Migration to Nutanix

Migrating to Nutanix facilitates that control and freedom, guided by the Nutanix philosophy of simplicity and as a provider offering one platform for any cloud, apps, and technology you want to use.

Planning a migration from VMware to Nutanix starts with mapping VMware products to the Nutanix solution that fulfills your purpose with similar or improved efficiency. Some notable VMware products are as follows, along with Nutanix products that possess corresponding functionality:

One advantage of migrating to Nutanix solutions is that the functionality corresponding to a similar VMware product is not licensed separately, simplifying the procurement process. Recognizing that complex and high-cost licensing can be significant pain points for VMware customers, Nutanix uses a simple and flexible subscription-based software licensing model.

Step Two: Migrating to Your Nutanix Solution Destination

While the Nutanix ecosystem is a comprehensive, robust, and consistent environment, it is also made up of various cloud tools and solutions. Based on the nature of your migration, you might even choose to only move certain workloads from VMware to Nutanix.    

In cases such as these, when you have a specific goal or need that you are satisfying through your migration, you can benefit from knowing which Nutanix solution is the prime destination and how to successfully migrate there.

For VMware customers looking for a new way to satisfy on-premises virtualized and containerized infrastructure needs, the Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure™ (NCI) platform provides innovative solutions that address datacenter, private cloud, remote office, and edge computing requirements. VMware customers moving to NCI can follow a migration path of VMware on three-tier infrastructure to NCI or VMware with vSAN to NCI.

If your biggest challenges pertain specifically to hybrid multicloud operations, then your goal in a Nutanix migration could be to adopt a solution that facilitates a cloud-first strategy. Selecting the Nutanix Cloud Clusters™ (NC2) platform as your migration destination allows you to move from VMware VMC on AWS or AVS to a software-defined platform that guarantees license mobility, accurate sizing of cloud instances, and full control over critical infrastructure.  

As for situations when VMware Aria Suite proves needlessly complex for your licensing and hybrid multicloud management needs, migrating to Nutanix Cloud Manager (NCM) can deliver the functionality you are looking for in a simple-to-use solution that allows for quick time to value. Keep in mind that an NCM migration is not an all-or-nothing process. You can, for example, use NCM for VMware clusters that are not running on Nutanix.

Step Three: Leverage Nutanix Tools for Simple Migration

When the time comes to perform the actual migration to Nutanix from a VMware solution, the Nutanix Move™ tool simplifies the transition and reduces any risk of disruption or costly rebuilding of virtual machines. Move is a cross-hypervisor mobility solution that supports several migration paths:

  • VMware ESXi to Nutanix AHV
  • VMware ESXi on three-tier infrastructure to VMware ESXi on the Nutanix Cloud Platform™ (NCP)
  • VMware ESXi to NC2 on AWS
  • VMware ESXi to NC2 on Microsoft Azure

Nutanix Unified Storage™ (NUS)is another tool that can not only simplify migration but also long-term data management. Migrating storage is an unavoidable part of an infrastructure transition, after all, but bringing NUS into the equation helps address key concerns, such as whether or not your existing backup vendor is qualified on Nutanix.

Other Nutanix tools that can be extremely useful in making the migration process simpler include the Nutanix Sizer™ tool, which enables fast and accurate infrastructure sizing for all types of workloads, and the Nutanix Collector™ tool, which quickly captures production workload utilization metrics.

When it comes to migrating your cloud and IT infrastructure, you will likely wish for everything to “just work” in the new ecosystem. Nutanix aims to provide that level of simplicity and intuitiveness for you, and strives to do so through a wide range of technology partnerships. Through the Nutanix Elevate Technology Alliance Partners initiative, there are many joint solutions that provide interoperability validations and unique feature integrations for the user.

Get Expert Guidance at Every Step of Migration

If you are looking to migrate to Nutanix from VMware solutions, you are likely doing so because you need more simplicity or greater efficiency in your day-to-day operations, or maybe are considering a change in procurement strategy in view of Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware. With easy-to-understand guidance and expert support at every step, even the migration itself can be a seamless process.

You can refer to the VMware to Nutanix migration guide at any time at your convenience for in-depth explanations regarding any facet of your transition. The Nutanix Customer Xperience program also provides further education, services, and a “fast track” deployment support system.

Nutanix Cloud Platform offers unparalleled flexibility and choice while eliminating vendor lock-in. With seamless support for existing VMware environments through unified management, it stands out as a superior alternative – providing one platform to run apps and manage data anywhere.

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