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"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""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.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"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.""HyperFlex is a little pricey.""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.""We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."

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Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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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:

  • Enterprise-class data management
  • Continuous data optimization
  • Securely encrypted storage
  • Dynamic data placement
  • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
  • Linear and incremental scaling
  • API-based data platform architecture
  • A simplified approach

The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
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Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
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Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider11%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider20%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government6%
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Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise33%
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 3rd in Converged Infrastructure. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while FlexPod is rated 0.0. 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, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, HPE ConvergedSystem, VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex.

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