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Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
Manager Enterprise Cloud System Engineering at Amanox Solutions (S&T Group)
Jan 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Some years ago when we started working with Nutanix the solution was essentially a stable, user friendly hyper converged solution offering a less future rich version of what is now called the distributed storage fabric. This is what competing... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a system integrators Nutanix offers a solution which is highly standardized that can be deployed in very timely fashion compared to legacy three tier-, converged generation one- and even most competing hyper converged solutions. This... more»

What needs improvement?

Nutanix has the potential to replace most of today's traditional storage solutions. These are classic hybrid SAN arrays Filers, newer All-Flash Arrays
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Dell EMC
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Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Apr 23 2017

What do you think of EMC ViPR?

PART I During the recent EMCworld event in Las Vegas among other things, EMC announced ViPR (read announcement here). Note that this ViPR is not the same EMC Viper project from a few years ago that was focused on data footprint reduction (DFR) including dedupe. ViPR has been in the works for a couple of years taking a step back rethinking how storage is can be used going forward. ViPR is not a technology creation developed in a vacuum instead includes customer feedback, wants and needs. Its core themes are extensible, open and scalable. On the other hand, ViPR addresses plenty of buzzword bingo themes including: Agility, flexibility, multi-tenancy, orchestration Virtual appliance and control plane Data services and storage management IT as a Service (ITaaS) and...
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Real User
Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

I think performance and cost are the most valuable features of VMware Virtual SAN. We're stringing up an entire virtualization environment for VDI and RDSH through Horizon View. When we compared the cost of a traditional SAN versus VSAN,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm from the cloud virtualization side of things, so consolidating the data allowed us to set up the VSAN instead of a traditional SAN, and allowed us to do faster deployments without having to interact with as many teams. It's simplified our... more»

What needs improvement?

I know it's coming, but I'm really excited for the encryption. I know it's on the all-flash, which is fine, because we're migrating to that anyways. Nonetheless, the encryption would be great for at-rest data, because I don't want to rely on... more»
Atlantiscomputing
Atlantis Computing
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CTO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What do you think of Atlantis USX?

Which features have you found most valuable? Let's start here... We've found that Atlantis USX helps remove some major inefficiencies around storage silos by unifying all storage types into a highly-optimized pool of storage resources. These resources are then made available to virtual workloads, desktops, and applications. From there, you can control these resources (again, across a number of different types of storage repositories) from a policy-based perspective. This allows you to optimize capacity, performance, and overall storage management. There are a couple of big features that we like with Atlantis USX. First of all - there are a lot of different types of ways to deploy this: Hybrid (SAN/NAS or Local Storage), Hybrid using DAS, All-Flash, In-Memory, Simple Hybrid (requires...
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Real User
ICT Network Administrator at a maritime company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important feature for us is the converged infrastructure, which is all this tool is about. There is no need to manage separate storage areas in SAN/NAS environments. Storage management comes built-in with the vSAN tool. Storage is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provisioning virtual machines has been simplified, as there is no provisioning/management of the separate storage layer and it is no more in question.

What needs improvement?

The management client, i.e., the Flash-based client, is just not up to the mark. I’m really waiting for the HTML5 client to be fully ready and all the features are implemented to it. This, of course, is not a vSAN issue but a vSphere issue.... more»
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Real User
Storage Chief Architect at Unisys
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the main features of Spectrum Virtualize is it virtualizes the servers from the storage. We have a very large infrastructure. A major advantage is when you get the aged storage arrays and you have to replace all of those. Last summer, we replaced four petabytes of aged storage arrays. They were old and past end-of-life. But we did that seamlessly, without... more»

What needs improvement?

There are things that occur when you get to this size and capacity. We're very large, i.e., petabytes. When you get to that sheer volume of the numbers of things, it is too big for people to keep track of. So, it's okay if you have 50 volumes, and I can watch them. I can assign people to watch them. But when you have 5,000, it's not possible anymore. So you need... more»
Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

The level of statistical performance data it is able to report in real time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing form a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent.

How has it helped my organization?

The simplicity Prism/AHV delivers over other hypervisor solutions has dramatically alleviated the workload of our IT department without taking away granular features.

What needs improvement?

Site-to-site replication needs some work. It’s not as feature rich for a disaster recovery implementation as I would like to see, but my understanding is that it is slated for improvement in near-future releases. DRS-like functionality is... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

I give the replication feature a 10 out of 10. The GUI for snapshot replication gives you a lot of flexibility to schedule asynchronous replication, bandwidth control, and disk-rebuild resource allotment. High Availability is a 10 out of 10,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When we bid on projects and scope out the work, we usually will have three design iterations that we follow -- a Multi-Site, Single-Site P4500, or Single-Site P4300 class setup -- depending on what is needed. All three build-outs use the same... more»

What needs improvement?

For disk utilization I give it a 7 out of 10. In the typical network RAID 10 coupled with horizontal shelf RAID 5, you lose over 55% of your disk. But this is a price I am willing to pay to have highly-available storage. I would look into... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

The HPE StoreVirtual Network RAID-10 (mirroring between nodes) is the most valuable feature. This allows for multi-node redundancy. If one node fails, the other in the cluster picks up the entire load. I have had nodes fail due to upgrade and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I administer a 100% virtual environment. To use the HPE StoreVirtual VSA edition, I did not have to buy an expensive external array. I was able to create two 3.27TB usable HPE VSAs from all the older disks I had laying around. Granted,... more»

What needs improvement?

The management console upgrade needs a bit of work. In some cases, it will not upgrade due to the non-removal of other HPE StoreVirtual Components. Be sure to remove other components first. The other issue is a login issue. There is a... more»
Nutanix
Nutanix
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Real User
IT Admin at Felda Prodata Systems Sdn Bhd

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are Prism and Acropolis, as they simplified our jobs and give us the opportunity to lower operational costs without reducing the current day-to-day operation performance. We are using VMware 3-TIER architecture... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As opposed to before, the Nutanix platform allows us to pay as we grow instead starting with a large scale. Management seems to like this idea, as it will save us from overspending the budget. We can improve IT utilization and reduce costs by... more»

What needs improvement?

We're thinking about hosting SAP HANA on the Nutanix platform, but we are still unsure about the path as SAP still has not certified Nutanix to host SAP HANA yet. Nutanix should make SAP a close partner and certify their product with SAP so... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Technical analyst 3 at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is probably data migration so we can bring in back-end systems and swap data out. Our end-users, and even our other system administrators, don't have any idea that we've moved storage around. It's got full features,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Reducing our costs: We used to have all tier DS8 storage. Even though we had Spectrum Virtualize in front of almost all of that, we still had almost all DS8. * We've been able to bring in multiple tiers, flash systems, and V7000s * We can... more»

What needs improvement?

A feature that is already there, if I remember correctly, is encryption. I think it is coming out, or it is already there. That is a key management piece. Right now, we're doing an encryption on the back-end flash systems on the V7000s. It's... more»
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StorPool
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User
Operations Director at Kualo Limited
Oct 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas - something no other product we have either tested or deployed has been able to do consistently.

How has it helped my organization?

Since deploying StorPool, we have experienced no unplanned outages or performance issues. Our technical and engineering teams no longer live in a permanent state of high alert due to storage outages or throughput degradation due to ‘hot... more»

What needs improvement?

Live and historical performance statistics would be useful, though my understanding is that this is on the way in a future release. This could likely be combined with general health monitoring via some sort of dashboard.
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 08 2017

What is most valuable?

If you really want to squeeze all of the value out of this solution, it should deployed in an all-flash configuration. The all-flash vSAN solution allows customers to take advantage of newer features such as erasure coding, deduplication and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

vSAN is a very cost-effective solution for just about any data center. It is very easy to deploy, scale and manage. The entire solution is built on commodity hardware, so customers do not have to break the bank (or budget) to invest in this... more»

What needs improvement?

Snapshot management is something that continues to improve with each release of vSAN. Earlier versions experienced performance degradation, but each version gets more and more efficient with snapshots. The new snapshot format known as... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Real User
Manager Infrastructure Engineering at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

That my team can manage it. The server guys can actually manage the storage on their own. It was easy for them to learn to use the console and provision the storage quickly. It was a long, painful process to get storage from the storage team... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to set up, easy for my team to manage, the tools are pretty easy to learn, and it's important for us to be able to provision storage quickly in my environment, so as soon as we get a new node in, we can get it up and running very... more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing that comes to mind was we had some issues with once we used up storage and then moved it out and had empty, white space areas, but getting that storage back is a long, painful process. You actually have to run a manual command... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Consultant
Virtualization Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The storage policies allow the administrator to define which VMs have specific storage requirements. For example: Our critical VMs have an increased flash read cache percentage enabled. This improves the overall performance of these machines.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of managing and configuring vSAN. This means that all our VMware administrators are now able to do the daily maintenance and operations. Previously, only a couple of IT administrators were responsible for maintaining our previous... more»

What needs improvement?

* The daily maintenance can be high, especially due to the lack of documentation and reporting in vCenter, and only on the vSAN health page. * If the vSAN cluster can’t self-heal due to an internal error, we can’t repair the vSAN cluster... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Virtualization System Administrator. at a integrator with 51-200 employees
Jul 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important functionality is the ability to extend cluster storage and cluster computing power securely without loss of data. Also, the ability to set up an extended cluster on multiple sites in a much simpler and easier way than with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is precisely the possibility of being able to extend the capacities of the cluster of storage and calculation by the simple addition of one or more physical server which makes us lean on this solution in a secure way. Moreover, with the... more»

What needs improvement?

This product is usable in many cases. It can be used for a wide range of applications. It is also possible, for example, to parameterize a stretch cluster at the very least without going to a costly solution based on conventional storage,... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Head of Virtualization & Systems and Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

Currently, we are on version 6.2. Having all flash, I would say that the most valuable feature for us is deduplication, as it gives us better utilization of the space available. In the latest release, there are already features that we have... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We face the same challenges most organisations do; probably the most common one being that of keeping up with growth and expansion, while keeping within the budgets. vSAN is very scalable, so we can plan our costs well in advance, knowing... more»

What needs improvement?

I think that the product is evolving in the right direction, most of the improvements and suggestions we had in mind are already available in 6.5. Obviously, there is always room for improvement. For example, in our case, we had to go with... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to provide block storage and object storage from the same storage cluster is very valuable for us. We are using Ceph as back-end storage for our OpenStack cloud. Ceph provides: * Block storage for storing the OpenStack images or... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Ceph has helped our organization to provide a Software Defined Storage solution in our private cloud.

What needs improvement?

Ceph does not deal very well with, or takes a long time to recover from, certain kinds of network failures and individual storage node failures. I believe the community that supports Ceph is working on this. They will be providing solutions... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

What is most valuable?

We are running a training lab environment with ever changing setup and, therefore, iSCSI is the most flexible solution to provide storage to any point inside our datacenter. HP StoreVirtual is a scale-out, clustered iSCSI storage solution... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, we were exclusively Fibre-Channel focused with all the associated disadvantages of running a separate FC SAN with particular array types. Every host we wanted to connect to shared storage had to have an HBA installed. With iSCI... more»

What needs improvement?

From my perspective, these things are missing: * Homogeneous management of 3PAR, StoreVirtual and MSA * Remote Copy * Integration of Priority Optimization with VMware vSphere and vVols on the VM level straight from the vSphere web client *... more»
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
IT Manager for Infrastructure at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

StoreVirtual has been real good for us. We started with the original P4300 LeftHand SANs before they became StoreVirtual. What I love about those is the two nodes and the mirroring back and forth, and you can't lose anything. It's very solid, and we haven't really had any trouble with those either. We have a newer StoreVirtual that we've connected to one of the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The things we like best about it is just that it's safe, it's reliable, it's easy to transfer data back and forth, it's easy to replicate elsewhere. We've been very happy with them.
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