We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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."
"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"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 iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"One of the most valuable features that can be found, is the inclusion of a hypervisor for free."
"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."
"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."
"There are a lot of features in Nutanix that are different from other hyper-converged solutions, such as site-to-site replication. VM-based site-to-site replication is bundled with the software licensing. For the DR, it has the availability groups, which is one of the key features that Nutanix provides."
"In the world of IT operations, there is a lot of noise. Traditionally, systems would generate a great deal of alerts, events, and notifications, often leading to the operator either a) not seeing critical alerts since they are lost in the noise or b) disregarding the alerts/events."
"The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix."
"Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."
"The most valuable feature is the one-click to update the firmware and software."
"It supports the latest technology of NVMe SSD, which is PCIe-based SSD. It has a very good IOPS performance as compared to vSAN. For the same system, I get 1,000 IOPS with vSAN, and with Sunlight, I am able to get almost 10,000 IOPS. In terms of features, it has almost all the features, such as HA and centralized dashboards. It can be managed centrally, and the visibility of the system is very good. They also have very good technical support and customer or partner training."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"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."
"This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik."
"The cost of the solution is too expensive. There are other options, such as VMware, that are offered for less money. In Latin America, it seems to be overpriced for the market."
"The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release."
"The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve."
"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."
"In the licensing, it needs to be clear about features because it is not clear whether Flow is integrated or not."
"There is room to enhance the micro-segmentation."
"Its reporting and dashboards need to be improved. It currently has very basic reporting options. It should also be made easier to deploy on Unix operating systems. It is easy to deploy on Windows and Linux, but it is currently not easy to deploy on Unix."
"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 seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
"The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available."
"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."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
"Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
"AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
"The pricing is fair for the package."
"Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
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.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 46 reviews while Sunlight is ranked 21st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Sunlight is rated 8.0. 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 Sunlight writes "A feature-rich solution that supports NVMe SSD and has centralized management, great performance, and good support and partner training". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Sunlight is most compared with VMware vSAN.
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