We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"It is extremely stable."
"The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"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."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"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."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"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."
"We have found the solution to be very scalable."
"Very good VCG notification feature."
"The most valuable features are productivity and data storage."
"I like the tolerance of VMware vSAN."
"When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodes"
"The most important thing is the simplicity of the product. It is a well-established product with good stability."
"The solution has high performance."
"The scalability of the solution is most valuable."
"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."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"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."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"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."
"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 initial setup is a little bit complicated."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"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."
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick."
"They can improve the manageability of the solution to make it more simple. It is not that complicated, but it will be good if they can make it more simple."
"There's a lot that can be done to segregate. That may be available now in vSAN 7, I suppose, however, the deduplication and compression can be segregated."
"It would be ideal if clients didn't need to monitor the solution on a daily basis."
"VMware vSAN needs to improve its features because other solutions have more advanced features."
"Troubleshooting tools could be improved."
"We plan to switch products since the hardware nowadays is a little bit outdated and we need to scale up a bit."
"The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution."
"Pricing is something of a concern."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"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."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
"The price is okay."
"vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower."
"The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive."
"This solution requires the purchase of a license."
"It is expensive. It should be cheaper. It has a perpetual license as well as a subscription-based license, but they are moving towards subscription-based licenses."
"I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license."
"It is expensive, but you get what you pay for."
"In comparison with other solutions, such as HP or Cisco, I find the solution to be quite pricey."
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.
VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.
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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and HPE SimpliVity. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. VMware vSAN report.
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