Darren MullanInfrastructure Team Leader at Henderson Group
Tin Htut SoeInformation Technology Infrastructure Manager at Pun Hlaing Hospital
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It allows compute and storage to operate separately, and has the ability to take SAN nodes out of production for maintenance with little effort and zero downtime."
"The initial setup is straightforward, not a complex procedure."
"HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."
"It appears to be very stable and very robust."
"The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent."
"The solution is very stable."
"The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs."
"It's very stable and it's easy to use."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools."
"VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages."
"The stability is very good. We haven't had any issues at all. There aren't bugs or glitches. There aren't system crashes or anything of that nature."
"The update process is very convenient."
"The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware."
"The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented."
"This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware."
"The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail. This makes all files act as a single file with a large and huge resource, and, of course, with customized administration, configuration, and resources. It provides automatic failover for redundancy and data recovery."
"The product is coming to end-of-life in the next three years."
"Hardware and disk failures are happening frequently."
"I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."
"One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that."
"The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options."
"The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users."
"The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger."
"It is a costly solution."
"Having a native replication would be an improvement."
"It's not really flexible with different use cases."
"It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM."
"The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there."
"The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model."
"Pricing could be improved."
"There is a limitation on the number of nodes."
"Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems."
"For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."
"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution."
"A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door."
"It is just as cheap to move over to an HCI solution as it is to maintain a legacy system."
"VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor."
"It's a mandatory cost with everything included"
"I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment."
"The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap."
"At about $200,000, this solution is a little bit pricey but it is more economical than others such as Nutanix or Cisco Hyperflex."
"VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).
With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.
HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 6th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 10 reviews while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 40 reviews. HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of HPE StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Dell EMC PowerFlex and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.
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