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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.""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.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."

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"The program is stable.""The most valuable feature of this solution is integration.""Perfectly suits customers dealing with the combination of future storage needs and, at the same time, keeping up their computing power.""The solution is quite stable.""We're doing a lot of VMware for IT so this solution is really valuable from a VMH point of view. We're trying to assist our customers mainly with management, because that's what they want. The most important aspects are ease of management, as well as ease of configuration, allowing them to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."

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"It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node.""We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local.""It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run.""When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh.""It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do.""It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%.""The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well.""Simple setup and having the storage and compute right on one deployment is the most valuable aspect of this solution. They're able to get set up and ready to go and start having their DevOp team deploy to that environment."

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Cons
"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell.""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.""I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."

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"I am not really impressed by the technical support of this solution.""There should be more functionality available for routing.""Including instrumentation would be a helpful improvement.""The solution needs to offer more documentation and educational materials.""I think there might be some room for improvement when it comes to pricing, because although I know how to convert customers, at the end of day, it's quite expensive. Sometimes your feature architecture is still coming out much cheaper than hardware costs for your infrastructure.""I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.""The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.""The installation is complex."

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"The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive.""It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well.""Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment.""There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug.""I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has.""HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources.""The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment.""They could improve the packaging."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"The pricing for this solution is good.""The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."

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"You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.""This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
Top Answer: When checking some of the components in the RCM during upgrades, it can be difficult, you have to check and upgrade the… more »
Top Answer: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… more »
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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Overview

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.

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Construction Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company17%
Government8%
Healthcare Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Manufacturing Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
REVIEWERS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise42%
Large Enterprise42%
REVIEWERS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise82%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,768 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 8 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.2, while NetApp HCI is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Enables users to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and FlexPod, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. NetApp HCI report.

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