Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.
The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system.. It saves money in the long-run.
The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX is that it is self-contained.
Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the time to deliver a VM takes me five minutes. In comparison, my cloud team's response is a couple of days based on all their overhead policies, procedures, and ticket requests. This is substantial.
The most valuable features of this solution are the connectivity, consistency, and that we now have fewer vulnerabilities on the network.
The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center.
The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization.
The most valuable feature is that it is something small that can be more easily deployed than a full data center set of servers.
Among the valuable features are that it's a complete solution, it's easy to use, and there is not a lot of management time involved in operating the solution.
A very small package but with lots of memory and CPU.
The biggest benefit of this solution is that If you use it, you can use it for the company headquarters and also for all the branches. You use the same system, only a smaller size. With SimipliVity you can also use the included backup solution. You don't need any other solution to back up the data or to transfer it.
The most valuable aspect of the HPE SimpliVity is the DL380 G10. We have mostly been using VMware and Hyper-V. On one side we have Hyper-V and the other side we have the VMware.
The scalability is its most valuable feature. It's also able to do stretch clustering.
The solution's simplicity is its most valuable feature. The usability is also good.
The rate of compression for the data in SimpliVity is the most valuable feature.
As a point for optimization on our infrastructure, it works great for us.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.
Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.
High Availability is the best feature of product.
It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.
In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.
The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync.
We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.
The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.
I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other place
We would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users.
The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX platform was medium-level difficult. It's a little bit different from traditional servers. It takes getting used to the learning curve.
Cisco's technical support originally was outstanding, but it has declined over the last 12 months. I've heard they're trying to do better, but I haven't been overly impressed with their support recently for HyperFlex.
The additional feature I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more security. We want to add more data servers to all the hosts all over the world. We have 140 hosts that connect to one data center in Manila.
The scalability could use improvement.
The deployment could be made a little bit easier, as we still seem to struggle with it a little bit for a day or so to get it running.
We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution.
I would like to see it be a truly hybrid-cloud solution where I could take my on-prem SimpliVity environment and have replication to a cloud install.
I would like them to add more connection capability, a hub and spoke model, to improve the number of connections that it can handle.
The price is quite high. The system could also be more scalable.
A lot of our customers are using VMware and also are using Hyper-V. Hyper-V is not very stable on the HP SimpliVity.
I would like to see it able to restore item levels, especially for databases.
The initial setup was a little complex because we were in the first version, fresh releases.
When we make some upgrades to the platform, it does take time to stabilize the structure again.
The initial setup was complex. It took a few months to integrate and adapt to the new platform.
I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.
Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.
Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.
The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated.
Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell.
The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks.
Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet.
It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows.
Pricing and Cost Advice
It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.
We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.
Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.
One of the challenges we have with HyperFlex is that they have a subscription fee for the operating system that runs on it, and if I remember correctly, it costs approximately $15,000 USD per month.
It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.
It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.
Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.
They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."
We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month.
It's about $10,000 monthly.
For three years, it is $60,000 for three nodes. It is quite pricey.
The only thing that I think we are paying for is the VMware licenses, but we are enterprise, so it is not horrible.
For the VMware licensing, it is approximately $10,000 a year.
The time savings on the administration side of things is huge. We had somebody who was dedicated pretty much full-time to hardware, and now, they spend about a quarter of their time a year on hardware-related issues.
Upfront costs seems high at first look, but after analyzing all the benefits of SimpliVity, we have come out ahead.
It has helped to reduce our VMware licensing costs due to host consolidation.
This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.
The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.
This solution has a great price for the functionality.
Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing.
I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.
Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs.
The Price/Performance ratio for this solution is outstanding!
We evaluated other options and this one was the most cost-effective.
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Also Known As
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The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:
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.
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.
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