We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"It's quite easy to install."
"This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The solution is scalable."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware."
"Provides good performance as well as integration with deployment tools."
"Good performance, reliable and agile."
"The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use."
"We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios."
"We had very good access to technical support."
"I like the tolerance of VMware vSAN."
"VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"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."
"Integration could be better."
"The UI falls short compared to other solutions. It needs some development to make it more user-friendly."
"I think it needs to be more cost-effective. I would also say that even though the capacity is good, there is also room for improvement there. Also, they could improve the security of the system."
"Its installation should be easier, and its price should be cheaper. It would be good for the product if they can include the data locality feature."
"In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility."
"We plan to switch products since the hardware nowadays is a little bit outdated and we need to scale up a bit."
"They should provide Deduplication and Compression over the hybrid drives."
"Its price could be improved. It is too expensive for our clients."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"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."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"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."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The price is okay."
"VMware vSAN is a little bit expensive and we pay annually. We have an educational institute where we receive discount prices from VMware. We do receive a reasonable discount but it's still expensive."
"The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive."
"The licensing cost is high and should be taken into account."
"It is not that expensive, and it is not even cheap. If it is designed in a proper way, it has good pricing, but if you do oversizing, the price will be high. There are different licensing models."
"For a classical node plus storage solution, the price is higher."
"Enterprise customers can customize their licenses according to their own needs and budget."
"In comparison with other solutions, such as HP or Cisco, I find the solution to be quite pricey."
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.
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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Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, NetApp HCI and Sangfor HCI, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Gluster Storage. See our Scale Computing HC3 vs. VMware vSAN report.
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