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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""It is extremely stable.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""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.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."

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"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""It is very scalable. It is also very secure. Cisco's security portfolio is integrated with it, which makes it secure. It is a platform-based device. Its performance is also fairly good in comparison to any other solution.""Its most valuable feature is its flexibility.""The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure.""The solution is stable.""The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."

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"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."

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Cons
"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""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.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."

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"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down.""This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity.""There are sometimes issues with memory failure.""Its price could be better.""The pricing is pretty expensive.""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.""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."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""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 the cost of this solution is quite fair.""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 has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."

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"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 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.""We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."

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Questions from the Community
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.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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Top Answer: VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to… more »
Top Answer: Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all.
Top Answer: Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
Top Answer: The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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Overview

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

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Manufacturing Company17%
Comms Service Provider12%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Government10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Wholesaler/Distributor33%
Manufacturing Company17%
Marketing Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise65%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise67%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0. 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, the top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Easy to manage, great tools and very reasonably priced". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI.

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