VxRail Alternatives and Competitors

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Kristopher Skully
Real User
Systems Administrator at Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sep 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The biggest thing we were looking for was redundancy, with both the compute and the storage, so that way we could lose a full node and still keep everything up and running, and not have to worry about… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The old solution we had worked. It was starting to show its age and it consisted of several more pieces of equipment than the StarWind HyperConverged Appliances. It has saved us time because there are… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Other than the standard licensing fee for StarWind HCA, there are the server costs and the server support. We purchased all of this thorough StarWind on one invoice.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our previous Hyper-V cluster was a classic architecture cluster with separate iSCSI SANs. It consisted of five Dell EMC servers and four Dell EMC EqualLogic SANs that took some trial and error, along… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that we've learned from using it is to let somebody else do all the hard work of finding the right configuration and putting together the hardware. It will save you a lot of time… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC VxRail, Nutanix, HPE Simplivity, and another option. In terms of the differences between these solutions and StarWind, price was a huge factor, as well as flexibility and the… more »
Ketan-Patel
Real User
Pre-sales Solution Architect at SHI international corp
Nov 22 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of the solution is that they have taken something like 400 steps and compiled it into like 30 steps to install it. That level of simplification is one of the best things I've ever seen in any appliance in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization by making it very easy to explain the product to a customer to show what kind of environment that they can use this appliance in.

What needs improvement?

An improvement I would like to see is if they could make it even more simple to set up. They were able to figure out a way to get 400 steps down to about 30 steps. Trying to reduce that down more would be an even greater benefit.

What other advice do I have?

Because our organization functions as resellers, we use the product features in demonstrations. We do not actually apply them to our own business. For example, the solution's ability to scale on-demand and affect provisioning in an… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The products that clients are usually evaluating are other hyper-convergent tools because NetApp HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure. There are other parts of the market like Nutanics, VxRail, and Cisco (HyperFlex). When we help clients… more »
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Review of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mohamad Charara
Consultant
Development and IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The performance is robust for HPE Hyper Converged. We have been underutilizing the storage. Though, we have almost consumed 70 percent of the storage, and I can access my data whenever I want without… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Before we bought the HPE Hyper Converged servers, we had scattered systems and servers. Our data was scattered. When the solution came into place, we were able to connect all our data and organize it… more »

What needs improvement?

The storage efficiency is weak and needs to be improved. However, I do not think HPE is planning to improve it at this time. They will probably look to EOL it, because HPE SimpliVity has resolved this… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing with Dell EMC is double the price which I paid for HPE. However, in the end, Dell EMC is double in performance. This is not an apple to apple comparison though, as I have a four node from Dell… more »

What other advice do I have?

My entire environment is actualized in VMware. Before choosing a product, think why you are buying, the reason, and what you are looking to get from it. If you have too much data or you want to store… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The competitors in the market are HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, and Nutanix. All these solutions are extremely pricey. I feel VxRail is one of the best solutions you might ever have because of the… more »
Zaid Qishta
Consultant
Pre-sales Consultant Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 27 2020

What is most valuable?

ReadyNodes is a valuable feature. I'm happy with the fact that you don't have to worry about the footprint in the data center. It takes a very small footprint when compared to other traditional solutions, like the other storage server… more »

What needs improvement?

I think the upgrades could be improved. If you compare it to other HCI solutions, like VxRail, the upgrade process is fully automated whereas on vSAM ReadyNodes it's a bit complicated and we have to do it manually. Finding some way to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are two costs that you have to consider before you can compare and you'll find that the HCI is cheaper overall. In a five-year duration, it is cheaper. But when you compare license to license, it is much more expensive but when you… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used the old traditional type of file storage and we switched because there was almost no difference in cost but we got a product with much better features. With this product you get consolidated sales and distribution, so you… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that if you don't have the hands-on experience to administer a solution like vSAN ReadyNode then you should consider other options. For example, VxRail is a bit more expensive, but if you don't have the basic knowledge… more »
Mohammad Ishaq
Reseller
Solutions Architect at SNSKIES PVT LTD
Mar 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The functionality of the solution is fairly good. The pricing of the solution is excellent. It's one of the main reasons a customer chooses Huawei. It's much, much better than VMware.

What needs improvement?

The stability is poor as compared to VMware. It's a big issue for the customers as well. In our last two to three deployments we were having some issues with the hardware side. Huawei always offers its own hardware servers. However, there are stability issues associated with them. This isn't ideal… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use VMware. It's more expensive, but it's also more stable and offers a virtualized solution. Typically, if a client wants the lowest possible price, they go with Huawei, but VMware is a better product.

What other advice do I have?

If a company is looking for a local solution, a local SCI, the company should go for Huawei. However, if we are talking about a longterm investment and a requirement for scalability, then I would say a company is better off with VMware. We are a reseller partner for Huawei. I don't think I would… more »
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