We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very 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."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price."
"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
"It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
"There is not a license required for the solution."
"Its licensing is yearly."
"The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades."
"The product is expensive."
"We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software."
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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 SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.
Designed for easy deployment and manageability in scale-out clusters, the Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series combines Nutanix software with Lenovo’s highly reliable and scalable servers. These appliances ship fully integrated, tested, and configured so that you can dramatically accelerate your time to value and reduce your infrastructure maintenance.
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series is ranked 27th in Hyper-Converged (HCI). HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". On the other hand, HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series is most compared with Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Cohesity C6000 Series.
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