We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"The licensing cost could be lower."
"It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
"Its licensing is yearly."
"There is not a license required for the solution."
"The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
"The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes."
"We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable."
"It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
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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.
Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes are designed for deploying highly available, highly scalable hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) from Microsoft on Lenovo enterprise platforms. The ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes deliver fully validated and integrated Lenovo hardware and firmware that is certified for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions.
This product guide provides essential technical and pre-sales information on the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Node for Hybrid Storage, its key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines.
This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the ThinkAgile MX Certified Node and consider its use in IT solutions.
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Node is ranked 30th in Hyper-Converged (HCI). HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Node 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 MX Certified Node is most compared with VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile SX Series and Cohesity C4000 Series.
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