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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Scale Computing HC3 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"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 vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."

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"Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""It has a user-friendly dashboard and interface.""The solution offers impressive performance.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""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 most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades.""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale."

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"The solution is scalable.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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Cons
"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.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""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.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."

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"The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive.""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.""It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others.""This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution.""In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us.""The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future."

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"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node.""Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""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 was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."

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"Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""The price of the solution is high.""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.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of.""The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available.""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."

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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: Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication. It's the Holy Trinity of snapshot… more »
Top Answer: I would rate Scale at an eight out of ten. Scale has major improvements that they need to fix up. However, it is pretty… 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

HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.

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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.
Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Educational Organization4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise33%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Scale Computing HC3 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. 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 Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, NetApp HCI and Sangfor HCI. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.

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