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Pros
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""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.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""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.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"The HCI concept by itself is the most valuable feature of the solution. It is a full-fledged HCI. It is the main component. I think this is what makes the project valuable.""The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup.""The solution is very stable.""The most valuable features are replication and backup.""What I like about the solution, is that SimpliVity is easy to deploy and maintain. It's really performing very well. The ratio of price to performance is really good.""We like the backup feature, which is inbuilt.""HPE SimpliVity is scalable. Some 200 people at my organization are using this solution at present.""We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers."

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"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."

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Cons
"Having more support plan options would be nice.""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 main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""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.""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.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""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."

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"The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly.""I think the licensing cost could be lower.""Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly.""They could have better-specialized support for more countries.""There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""SimpliVity has very limited options for the virtualization layer.""I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system."

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"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""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.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""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.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."

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"The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have.""The product is expensive.""It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly.""Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market.""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.""I think it's a complete package. We buy the license with support for five years. It's a subscription, I will say, but it's included when you buy the SimpliVity solution from HPE. You have a contract with the software warranty and upgrades.""The solution is affordable and quite reasonably priced in terms of the product one gets."

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Questions from the Community
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… more »
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
Top Answer: Since we were faced with having to replace our entire VMware system (three host servers and two SANs), we found that the… more »
Top Answer: We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.
Top Answer: Customers really like the pricing as it's quite affordable for them.
Top Answer: The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases.
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SimpliVity, HPE HCI
Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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Overview

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.

Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.

ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.

Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company10%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0. 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, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE Hyper Converged.

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