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."
"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 most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"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."
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"Its most valuable feature is its flexibility."
"Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"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."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
"No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
"Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"
"We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"
"The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"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."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"Its 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."
"The pricing is pretty expensive."
"We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"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."
"The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"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 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."
"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."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"The price of the solution was reasonable."
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:
Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
, and can help
you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.2. 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 vSAN Ready Nodes writes "A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Sangfor HCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes report.
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