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Pros
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""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.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."

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"Technical support is okay.""One of the most valuable features that can be found, is the inclusion of a hypervisor for free.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.""One of the most valuable features is how well this solution performs. It's stable, aside from some patch issues, but it's great from a virtualization and scalability perspective.""The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.""Karbon is a must-have as it drastically simplifies the deployment of Kubernetes.""Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process.""It has a user-friendly dashboard and interface."

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"The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.""The interface is very user-friendly.""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.""I would rate the user-friendliness an eight out of ten.""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."

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Cons
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""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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"Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage.""In the licensing, it needs to be clear about features because it is not clear whether Flow is integrated or not.""In the next release, I would like better and more competitive pricing.""We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved.""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.""There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element.""I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time.""The solution doesn't support older systems, which can be a problem for some organizations who wish to implement it. It became a problem for us due to the fact that some of our systems are older."

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"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.""The error reporting needs to be improved.""Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like.""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.""Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."

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"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.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of.""When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable.""Our Nutanix license is for five years. There is a support arrangement there, but that aspect is more or less taken care of during the initial installation. With HCI architecture, whenever we do any kind of auto scaling or scaling of servers and resources, there is a significant amount of software licensing involved.""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.""There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors.""The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available.""The pricing is fair for the package."

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"The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive.""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.""The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products.""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."

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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 »
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Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… 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.

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.

For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

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
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
TOSHIBA TEC Singapore, J&T Express Indonesia, Crowne Plaza Vietnam, Hermina Hospital Indonesia
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm5%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Sangfor HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews while Sangfor HCI is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6. 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 Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Red Hat Ceph Storage, whereas Sangfor HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and QCT. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Sangfor HCI report.

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