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"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""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.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."

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"Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""One-Click Upgrade and Foundation is the most valuable feature. One-Click Upgrade makes upgrades and LCM a breeze. Prior to Nutanix One-Click Upgrade, upgrades and LCM were overly cumbersome and time-consuming. Foundation provides an easy, yet very structured, approach to cluster modification (adding or removing nodes).""The most valuable feature is the one-click to update the firmware and software.""A great feature involves real-time hardware changes.""It is all-in-one. The compute processing, storage, and network altogether make it convenient. We don't have to have different modules for expansion.""I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable. Another aspect I really like, when one compares Citrix to VMware, is the interface where you talk directly to your VM from the present software.""The initial setup was quite straightforward."

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"That the product is free and still has all the features you expect is a huge benefit.""Less infrastructure required; simple to use.""The solution is extremely scalable.""The whole solution is good. It has good tools that help me in managing the servers. It is also stable.""The backup service, which was released recently, and that we are already using, is wonderful.""There are many features included with Proxmox.""We are happy with Proxmox VE. We use it as part of a cluster.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that its storage container, LVM, and everything else work out of the box."

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Cons
"Having more support plan options would be nice.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."

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"I'm sure there are a lot of things that could be improved, but I'm actually very satisfied with this product. There may be some possibilities to move the virtual server dismounting points or to move the server from one group to another, but I can't think of any special improvements or update features.""This product would be improved if it included a hybrid cloud solution.""It would be great if they could improve the GUI features.""The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release.""I'm not very technical, so I don't know if there are any features that are really lacking. Our customers seem pleased with it, and I haven't heard of any downsides.""As of now, Acropolis and VMware cannot talk to each other. Until we have some kind of interface, it would be much better for Nutanix if they built an interface that can talk. Otherwise, if I have a VMware stack and I already have a Nutanix stack, I can create containers, I create clusters on VMware, I create clusters on Nutanix.""I would enjoy an advanced mode where experienced users can leverage their knowledge to do advanced things currently only allowed using the command line tools on the CVM.""Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators."

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"It could have more security updates such as when a new threat is coming into market.""It's one of those things for me to move things on to the cloud. It's not so easy. I am always on the laptop and have to monitor that because if you want to make strides; you need to stay online.""One issue with Proxmox is that some processes are not automatic. For some processes, you have to do it manually by command line.""The product is still a little young so it is maturing, but new features are coming out all the time.""Lacking in enterprise features.""Its performance and support can be improved. Currently, there is a cost for support.""The availability of the solution could be a bit better.""A feature which should be added is the ability to encrypt the main installation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""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.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""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 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."

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"Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""The pricing is fair for the package.""The price of the solution could improve. Nutanix has recently changed its pricing model from perpetual to subscription. They have identified there are challenges with the pricing model.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""The pricing is quite good in comparison with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Scale, and even traditional architecture.""The price of the solution is high.""This product is expensive, but they do have discounts. At one point, I saw that they were giving a 70% or 80% discount, which is a good thing, but maybe they should have a more realistic price and then a 5% to 10% discount.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."

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"Proxmox is free.""Zero - this is a free solution.""Because I'm using Proxmox VE for personal use and it's an AGPL license project, I can use it at home for free.""It's an open-source solution that can be used free of cost.""I am not aware of the licensing cost, but there is a cost for support.""The only thing you pay for is support and it is between $2,500 and $3,000 a year. It depends on the support plan you choose. Support is optional."

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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: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer: For me the biggest impact is the cost of licensing in the case of VMware despite its overall intuitiveness and ease of… more »
Top Answer: One of the best things about Proxmox VE is that it is open-source and very inexpensive. You get all of the same features… more »
Top Answer: The whole solution is good. It has good tools that help me in managing the servers. It is also stable.
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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.

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

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Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Municipality of Trento, SwitchMIA, inDenova, Valmeita City Council, Alpha IT AS, Grupo Inversor Veracruzano S.A.P.I. de C.V. (GRIVER), Laut und Schoen, IT-Services - Hamburg e.K., KMI Learning, Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., Serwise AG
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Cloud Provider29%
Computer Software Company29%
Retailer14%
Government14%
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Comms Service Provider45%
Computer Software Company16%
Government7%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business76%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise12%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, Dell EMC, VMware and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: November 2021.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews while Proxmox VE is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 17 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Proxmox VE is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Rivaling the stiffest and competition in its category this solution suffers only from being young". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas Proxmox VE is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere and VMware Workstation.

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