Compare Acronis Cyber Infrastructure vs. StarWind Virtual SAN

Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 42 reviews. Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is rated 7.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Acronis Cyber Infrastructure writes "Full Image Backup and remote access for document sharing, but pricing could be reduced". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "It is more flexible than most VSAN solutions. You can run it across two hosts. You don't need a third host observing it". Acronis Cyber Infrastructure is most compared with , whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix.
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The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system.. It saves money in the long-run.The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX is that it is self-contained.Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the time to deliver a VM takes me five minutes. In comparison, my cloud team's response is a couple of days based on all their overhead policies, procedures, and ticket requests. This is substantial.The most valuable features of this solution are the connectivity, consistency, and that we now have fewer vulnerabilities on the network.The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center.The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization.The most valuable feature is that it is something small that can be more easily deployed than a full data center set of servers.

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The most valuable feature is the backup capability.The most valuable features are the full image backup, and the file or document sharing, allowing documents to be easily accessed from anywhere.

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It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync.We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes.The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster.When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.

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I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other placeWe would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users.The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX platform was medium-level difficult. It's a little bit different from traditional servers. It takes getting used to the learning curve.Cisco's technical support originally was outstanding, but it has declined over the last 12 months. I've heard they're trying to do better, but I haven't been overly impressed with their support recently for HyperFlex.The additional feature I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more security. We want to add more data servers to all the hosts all over the world. We have 140 hosts that connect to one data center in Manila.The scalability could use improvement.The deployment could be made a little bit easier, as we still seem to struggle with it a little bit for a day or so to get it running.We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution.

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I would like to see real-time backup supported in the next release of this solution.If they could make improvements with the virtual environment then it would be better.

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The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated.Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell.The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks.Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet.It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows.Some configuration options still demand service restarting.We would like to see the documentation more fully developed.The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.One of the challenges we have with HyperFlex is that they have a subscription fee for the operating system that runs on it, and if I remember correctly, it costs approximately $15,000 USD per month.It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."

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The pricing is on the high side and the subscription is renewed every year.

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The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.This solution has a great price for the functionality.Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing.I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs.The Price/Performance ratio for this solution is outstanding!We evaluated other options and this one was the most cost-effective.StarWind is best price/performance for SMB.

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Overview

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:

  • Enterprise-class data management
  • Continuous data optimization
  • Securely encrypted storage
  • Dynamic data placement
  • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
  • Linear and incremental scaling
  • API-based data platform architecture
  • A simplified approach

The Acronis Cyber Infrastructure Appliance is a ready-to-use cyber protection solution that combines proven and tested hardware and software in one easy to install and operate unit. The Acronis Cyber Infrastructure Appliance is currently available in selected countries.

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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