We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
"It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"It is very scalable. It is also very secure. Cisco's security portfolio is integrated with it, which makes it secure. It is a platform-based device. Its performance is also fairly good in comparison to any other solution."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"It appears to be very stable and very robust."
"HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."
"It's very stable and it's easy to use."
"The solution is very stable."
"The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent."
"The initial setup is straightforward, not a complex procedure."
"A very flexible solution."
"The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs."
"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Updating the software can be a bit tricky."
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"Its price could be better."
"This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."
"If we compare it with VMware, the VMware product is basically very open, and it can be easily integrated with any platform. VMware product is also available on the cloud and is not an appliance-based product, whereas Cisco HyperFlex is an appliance-based product. Companies that want to use HCI as a platform or as a service would prefer something without an appliance. A SaaS-based product is better for a customer who is using the cloud and has multiple resources, workflows, and devices on the cloud and wants to go for a hyper-converged solution. This is where improvement is needed. In addition to an appliance-based product, Cisco should provide a SaaS-based product. Its price should be lower. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Its price is a big road blocker when competing against Nutanix and VMware, which are its main competitors."
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited."
"Unlike other options, you need to pay a subscription to Cisco yearly instead of paying for the hardware outright, which makes it more expensive in the long run."
"Hardware and disk failures are happening frequently."
"I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."
"User interface could be improved."
"One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that."
"The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger."
"The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options."
"It is a costly solution."
"The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"Its price is high. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Nutanix or VMware are cheaper products, and they provide almost the same functionality. Its price is a big road blocker when we are working with an end customer, and Nutanix and VMware are in competition. If they can reduce its price, it is actually a better choice for customers."
"HyperFlex is a little pricey."
"Its price is rather fair when compared with other solutions like VxRail, vSAN, and HPE SimpliVity. We got a fair amount of discount from Cisco for Cisco HyperFlex. It is cost-effective. We have renewed storage till next year, and we have already paid the vendor. When we talk about HyperFlex or any HCI solution, storage is the part where we can reduce a lot of costs. At the current moment, we are already using NetApp storage, which did not allow us to go for a full Cisco HyperFlex setup. We are planning to go to a larger scale next year. Then we will be able to see how cost-effective it really is for us."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
"The licensing is perpetual and the only thing that you may need to pay for on a monthly basis is if you're going to use their cloud-based management features."
"For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."
"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution."
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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.
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:
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "An all-in-one option that is stable and offers good management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.
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