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Storage persistence allows us to consolidate workloads across older arrays into one unit that works with Azure
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Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure.
The solution is very scalable.
The most valuable feature, currently, is the density of the system as hardware. I'm able to leverage the density of the product and remove bigger hardware which requires more space, cooling, and power costs, obviously. There are cost savings, obviously.
It is easy to administrate the solution, and the company handles its technical support well.
It is a unique product with simplified setup and independent control over storage and compute.
HCI definitely improved how flexible we scale, and our entrance into the cloud. The features are very rich, in terms of both avenues. It's helped us flexibly move and shift our workloads around, back and forth.
The most valuable feature is the software design storage that really provided a faster, agile, easier to scale up and out storage path.
The multi-vertical aspect is what is most valuable for us. The main reason we wanted a multi protocol was because Amazon was not able to provide us with access to the same data as we could get from Linux and Windows lengths. That was our value proposition for this solution.
It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.
The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.
StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.
We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.
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.
A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.
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.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.
The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.
The networking needs improvement.
My biggest pain point is the installation part. I would like to see the appliance itself remove the entire switch that goes behind it and figure out how to do all the cluster interconnects within the box itself.
The product needs better support for installing the operating system on the machine.
It is easy to install now, but could potentially be even simpler.
The fact that it doesn't have all the data points we need and all the historical data that I would like. I find that a lot of the performance analysis is done through support, where they have something that we don't have. It would be nice just to have all that on-prem.
The problem is that it needs to be much more stable, for example, when I want to do the upgrade to 1.7 that just released, I also need to issue a ticket to the support guy in India and he asked me to deploy another mlock. There are a lot of manual steps compared with other products.
There's a limitation with a block in the file. That's where I see that it's not very efficient for upgrades and for management.
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.
I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.
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.
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.
For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.
This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.
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.
I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The licensing fees are renewed annually.
Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.
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.
You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.
All the licenses are included when you buy the program.
There are the overall infrastructure costs. Even though the initial costing was higher, we calculated for year-to-year for five years. That brought us into a position where we decided, we have to go for HCI rather than having distributor systems.
This solution saved our organization time (35 percent) and money. We have a hefty group of developers, and if you multiply that by 30 to 35 percent, that is quite a bit of money.
Where we lost nearly 75 percent of our infrastructure due to a malicious attack and were able to recover two and a half hours into it due to the integration, it saved us and all of our customers. Because we were able to recover so fast from the attack, the solution paid for itself right there.
The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.
The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.
Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.
There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.
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.
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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.
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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