We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind."
"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."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"SimpliVity works well in a UAT environment.."
"Backups happen very quickly."
"The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V"
"The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer."
"The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market."
"Its performance and availability are most valuable."
"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."
"It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"The solution is scalable."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct."
"Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"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."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf."
"Once I am onto the SimpliVity environment, I always have to go with HP because I am somewhat blocked, like Apple. Secondly, if I want to increase only storage, I need to buy an entire computing node for that, an entire HCI node."
"The product is expensive."
"When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly."
"I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system."
"Its performance can be faster."
"It would be better if it could integrate more easily with other vendors."
"Its deployment should be easier."
"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node."
"Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"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 seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"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 solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes."
"In terms of the licenses, customers do not actually get any benefit."
"The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
"It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
"Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market."
"Its licensing is yearly."
"The licensing cost could be lower."
"The solution is priced high. However, there are plenty of features as part of the package that other solutions do not have."
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.
HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. 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 Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, NetApp HCI and Sangfor HCI. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.
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