Sangfor HCI Review

Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature

What is our primary use case?

We use it for SAP products and some other infrastructure applications. We are using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.

What needs improvement?

Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. There is no issue in terms of stability so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is complex to scale. There was a situation where they undersized the memory on one of our solutions. They gave us free memory because they were the ones who sized the memory for the specs.

In terms of the number of users, we have two or three administrators who use it. There are up to 500 concurrent users or the number of users using the hyper-converged infrastructure.

How are customer service and technical support?

They support us in case of technical problems. They also provided a free deployment during a migration.

The level one support is provided by the partner or the integrator. The level two support is handled by the Sangfor teams. Technical support is based in the Asia Pacific region. They provide standard 24/7 support. They are easy to reach. Some of their engineers are Chinese, and there is a communication barrier because of their accents, but on the technical side, they are able to resolve the issues.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is more on the complex side because of our system and company requirements. The deployment took about three weeks.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house technical team. Its maintenance is also handled by us. Every six to eight months, they provide updates to fix the bugs that they have encountered. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. 

The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product because of its pricing. It doesn't require a separate license for features such as Continuous Data Protection. 

I would rate Sangfor HCI an eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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