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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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"The size of the hardware is what we need because it is very good for small configurations.""The most useful feature is the solution's automation in terms of how we are able to spin up a certain workload in real-time when we are doing R&D.""Both the scalability and stability of this solution are excellent.""The consolidation of the management in one control point is the most valuable. The whole infrastructure management is consolidated in just one console point. The documentation is also pretty good.""It is stable and scalable."

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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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"This product is not so stable. Maybe it is just not mature enough in its development.""The licensing policy needs to be improved. They have a licensing policy based on the number of CPU sockets. Nowadays what has happened is that the license they are trying to move is based on the number of CPU cores. With the advancement in technology there are now more cores in a single CPU. It's been very challenging in terms of managing the license around everything. Today we have a processor with 24 and 32 cores on the same physical CPU.""The cloud deployment could be improved.""It is not user-friendly, and it is very difficult to operate. You have to have a deep understanding of the technical details of the infrastructure to implement it. When you compare it with VMware, it is totally different because the graphical user interface is not that easy to understand. It is not intuitive. To use it, you have to read a lot of documentation and even understand what is going on behind the solution. It is not for someone who has a little bit of knowledge. Currently, it is too complex. I need something that is easy to implement. It should have a basic configuration as well as a complex configuration.""The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex and expensive."

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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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"Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open-sourced, low-cost solution with full features.""It is quite pricey."

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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 main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier… more »
Top Answer: It has storage and Hypervisor from Red Hat. It is used for computing and the virtualization workload for databases and… more »
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
Red Hat HCI, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization
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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.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.

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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
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Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company18%
Government8%
Healthcare Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government3%
Company Size
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
REVIEWERS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise42%
Large Enterprise42%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
535,015 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 8 reviews while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 15th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.2, while Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 9.6. 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 Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Comes in a small, compact model that does not have any separate management but it is not so stable". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Scale Computing HC3, whereas Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with Sangfor HCI, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure report.

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