We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"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."
"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well."
"PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud."
"Very good in-line compression."
"HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable. Another aspect I really like, when one compares Citrix to VMware, is the interface where you talk directly to your VM from the present software."
"Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process."
"Technical support is okay."
"In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged."
"It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure."
"Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple."
"Its low maintenance is a key feature. It is easy to install, upgrade, and scale by adding more blocks."
"One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect."
"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."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"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."
"We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond."
"HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs, such as KVM or Red Hat, it would be an improvement."
"The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick."
"The initial setup is a little bit complicated."
"To have internal stability, we needed to network the solution ourselves. Performance depends on the application. Performance could be the lack of IOPS, memory and CPU and configuration issues."
"Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage."
"It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution."
"In the future, I would like to see integration with external storage using the fiber channel"
"I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future."
"One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware."
"The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"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."
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
"The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
"The price of the solution is high."
"The cost of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is reasonable."
"AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
"The price of the solution could improve. Nutanix has recently changed its pricing model from perpetual to subscription. They have identified there are challenges with the pricing model."
"The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available."
"My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
"The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
"Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
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 Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.
Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.
For more information visit: www.nutanix.com.
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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Proxmox VE. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.
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