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Pros
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""Very good in-line compression.""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""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."

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"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""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.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""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."

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Cons
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick.""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.""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.""The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."

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"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""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.""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.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."

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"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""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 cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: Nimble It's only available using iSCSI — Nimble can run iSCSI or Fiber Channel. Although iSCSI is cheaper, from a performance perspective, if you've got a really high-performance need, then you need… more »
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 Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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Overview

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.

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.

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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 37 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.4, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.8. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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