We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is extremely stable."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features."
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"It's quite easy to install."
"PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts."
"The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment."
"The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete."
"Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
"Its most valuable feature is its flexibility."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"It's very easy to use and quite a mature product."
"It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
"The most valuable feature is high availability."
"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition)."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"Unlike other options, you need to pay a subscription to Cisco yearly instead of paying for the hardware outright, which makes it more expensive in the long run."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"Its price could be better."
"In the next release, Cisco should add more integration and management capabilities as well as some tweaks to the dashboard that make it more user-friendly. They could also add support for multiple hypervisors."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"The installation is complex."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface."
"The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
"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."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"Its price is high. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Nutanix or VMware are cheaper products, and they provide almost the same functionality. Its price is a big road blocker when we are working with an end customer, and Nutanix and VMware are in competition. If they can reduce its price, it is actually a better choice for customers."
"HyperFlex is a little pricey."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
"The licensing is perpetual and the only thing that you may need to pay for on a monthly basis is if you're going to use their cloud-based management features."
"Its price is rather fair when compared with other solutions like VxRail, vSAN, and HPE SimpliVity. We got a fair amount of discount from Cisco for Cisco HyperFlex. It is cost-effective. We have renewed storage till next year, and we have already paid the vendor. When we talk about HyperFlex or any HCI solution, storage is the part where we can reduce a lot of costs. At the current moment, we are already using NetApp storage, which did not allow us to go for a full Cisco HyperFlex setup. We are planning to go to a larger scale next year. Then we will be able to see how cost-effective it really is for us."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
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.
The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:
VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.
The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "An all-in-one option that is stable and offers good management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex report.
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