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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, Dell EMC, VMware and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: October 2021.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"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.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."

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"It supports the latest technology of NVMe SSD, which is PCIe-based SSD. It has a very good IOPS performance as compared to vSAN. For the same system, I get 1,000 IOPS with vSAN, and with Sunlight, I am able to get almost 10,000 IOPS. In terms of features, it has almost all the features, such as HA and centralized dashboards. It can be managed centrally, and the visibility of the system is very good. They also have very good technical support and customer or partner training."

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Cons
"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.""New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"Its reporting and dashboards need to be improved. It currently has very basic reporting options. It should also be made easier to deploy on Unix operating systems. It is easy to deploy on Windows and Linux, but it is currently not easy to deploy on Unix."

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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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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: Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
Top Answer: The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
Top Answer: It supports the latest technology of NVMe SSD, which is PCIe-based SSD. It has a very good IOPS performance as compared… more »
Top Answer: Its reporting and dashboards need to be improved. It currently has very basic reporting options. It should also be made… more »
Top Answer: We are a system integration company and a partner of VMware and Sunlight. We have deployed Sunlight for our clients. We… more »
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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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.

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

Sunlight is a complete HCI stack that can be deployed on-premise on standard data center hardware, in AWS and on resource-constrained far-edge devices.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
Lavazza, Infraspace
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Wholesaler/Distributor36%
Manufacturing Company18%
Marketing Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise26%
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise55%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, Dell EMC, VMware and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: October 2021.
542,823 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while Sunlight is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0, while Sunlight is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Easy to manage, great tools and very reasonably priced". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sunlight writes "A feature-rich solution that supports NVMe SSD and has centralized management, great performance, and good support and partner training". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Sunlight is most compared with VMware vSAN and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.

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