We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"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."
"Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN."
"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."
"It is extremely stable."
"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well."
"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."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
"The solution is stable."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"Its most valuable feature is its flexibility."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset."
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"Very good in-line compression."
"The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud."
"HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"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."
"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."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."
"Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."
"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."
"If we compare it with VMware, the VMware product is basically very open, and it can be easily integrated with any platform. VMware product is also available on the cloud and is not an appliance-based product, whereas Cisco HyperFlex is an appliance-based product. Companies that want to use HCI as a platform or as a service would prefer something without an appliance. A SaaS-based product is better for a customer who is using the cloud and has multiple resources, workflows, and devices on the cloud and wants to go for a hyper-converged solution. This is where improvement is needed. In addition to an appliance-based product, Cisco should provide a SaaS-based product. Its price should be lower. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Its price is a big road blocker when competing against Nutanix and VMware, which are its main competitors."
"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."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"The pricing is pretty expensive."
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot."
"HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs, such as KVM or Red Hat, it would be an improvement."
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"The initial setup is a little bit complicated."
"Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond."
"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 cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"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."
"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."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
"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."
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
"The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is 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:
HPE Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8. 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 Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI report.
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