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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run.""When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh.""It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do.""It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%.""The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well.""Simple setup and having the storage and compute right on one deployment is the most valuable aspect of this solution. They're able to get set up and ready to go and start having their DevOp team deploy to that environment.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the SolidFire interface.""The most valuables features of it are the deduplication and the compaction because the ratios are much better than what we normally get on our FAS storage."

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"I would rate the user-friendliness an eight out of ten.""The interface is very user-friendly.""Sangfor has many solutions, and you can easily manage their machine servers with just one management. They're always striving for greatness, and they continuously update their products. For example, they have now built endpoint security within the firewall. They are continuously improving not only the security but also all other products.""The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.""It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything."

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Cons
"I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug.""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."

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"Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment.""There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug.""I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has.""HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources.""The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment.""They could improve the packaging.""If you want to have a really dense data center then it's hard to have a big chunk of cabling going through everything.""I would like to have the ability to replicate to multiple sites."

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"Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like.""The error reporting needs to be improved.""It can have more compatibility and new features. I would also like to see better performance. Some of the other HCI solutions already provide the SSD and flash storage and much higher Intel processors. Sangfor HCI can improve on that.""Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.""As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""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.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.""This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."

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"The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products.""The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive.""It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.""Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list. You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers."

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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: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… more »
Top Answer: The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.
Top Answer: It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty… more »
Top Answer: Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating… more »
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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.

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

Sangfor HCI consolidates traditional hardware-appliance-based security, IP network, storage network, server and storage into one tier of commodity hardware (x86 server), forming a standardized HCI unit. By building IT infrastructure with a standardized HCI vendor and realizing visible, centralized operation & management via a unified WEB platform, users can enjoy an ultra-simplified, on-demand IT framework that is evolvable. Enquire today to find out more about cloud data storage and other solutions.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
TOSHIBA TEC Singapore, J&T Express Indonesia, Crowne Plaza Vietnam, Hermina Hospital Indonesia
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Manufacturing Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business51%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise25%
REVIEWERS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise82%
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NetApp HCI is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 20 reviews while Sangfor HCI is ranked 23rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 7.4, while Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas Sangfor HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our NetApp HCI vs. Sangfor HCI report.

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