Anonymous UserCompany Owner at a insurance company
Tin Htut SoeInformation Technology Infrastructure Manager at Pun Hlaing Hospital
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime."
"When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed."
"The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster."
"The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use."
"Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes."
"We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage."
"The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync."
"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the automation and integration points with other automation tools."
"VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages."
"The stability is very good. We haven't had any issues at all. There aren't bugs or glitches. There aren't system crashes or anything of that nature."
"The update process is very convenient."
"The solution is perfect for the lifecycle management of hardware."
"The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented."
"This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware."
"The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail. This makes all files act as a single file with a large and huge resource, and, of course, with customized administration, configuration, and resources. It provides automatic failover for redundancy and data recovery."
"It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool."
"The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen."
"We would like to see the documentation more fully developed."
"It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows."
"Some configuration options still demand service restarting."
"Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet."
"The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks."
"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell."
"Having a native replication would be an improvement."
"It's not really flexible with different use cases."
"It should not be deployed on one hypervisor. There should be multiple hypervisors supported like Hyper-V or KVM."
"The price should come down a little bit. It has become better than it was at the beginning. There was a really big price difference between a hyper-converged infrastructure and the classic servers and storage. The gap is lessening, however, it's still there."
"The licensing costs are too expensive. They should work on their pricing model."
"Pricing could be improved."
"There is a limitation on the number of nodes."
"Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems."
"Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs."
"I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it."
"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing."
"The free version is great to use for labs or test environments."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door."
"It is just as cheap to move over to an HCI solution as it is to maintain a legacy system."
"VxRail is very cost-effective and affordable in the long term. It is more recommended when it comes to financial life, but it may depend upon the license. VxRail comes with VMware licensing, which may not be that cost-effective as compared to others. With VMware, it's an auto check competition. VMware is an expensive solution, especially for Nutanix. Nutanix have their own hypervisor called Acronis, which is very cost-effective against the VMware. Nutanix is cheaper for the hardware but not for the software. If you ask the Nutanix partners to deploy Nutanix over Cisco servers or Dell EMC servers, the cost will be higher. Nutanix wants to compete financially. Therefore, they propose their software over the Supermicro server, which is a very cheap Chinese server. In fact, I don't like their terms of service. HyperFlex has the highest price, and it is very expensive. I don't know why. It may be because this is a UCS system, which comes from Cisco and is already expensive. When it comes to HyperFlex, they need the labor to deploy Hyper-V, Citrix, or any other hypervisor."
"It's a mandatory cost with everything included"
"I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment."
"The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap."
"At about $200,000, this solution is a little bit pricey but it is more economical than others such as Nutanix or Cisco Hyperflex."
"VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
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.
VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market. Based on VMware’s vSphere and Virtual SAN, and EMC software, VxRail delivers an all-in-one IT infrastructure transformation by leveraging a known and proven building block for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).
With the power of a whole SAN in just two rack units, they provide a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads. VxRail Appliances deliver resiliency, QoS, and centralized management functionality enabling faster, better, and simpler management of consolidated workloads, virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.
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StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 40 reviews while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 39 reviews. StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Reasonably-priced, quick and helpful technical support, facilitates 3-2-1 backup compliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Nexenta, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell EMC PowerFlex. See our StarWind Virtual SAN vs. VxRail report.
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