We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"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 iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"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."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"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 vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"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."
"It's very easy to use and quite a mature product."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"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."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"The initial setup is simple."
"The interface is very good and is very easy to navigate. You can find everything you need from one central place."
"The solution is very stable."
"The access, high availability, and interface are the most valuable and important for us. There is one interface for the whole product, which is very important because you have a single pane to view all the infrastructure of a customer. You can improve your data recovery plan or DRP, or you can make a special emergency plan if a disk has any problem."
"The setup is very easy."
"I have found backup and replication to be useful. We have a 10 megabit line between the data center and our main site. The backup and replication are very good. Additionally, the solution runs on VMware which is a benefit."
"Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast."
"The feature that I like the most is the backup feature embedded inside the HPE SimpliVity. When we have any activity, within five minutes, we have a backup. It also has PDR for performing disaster recovery."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"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)."
"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."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"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."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"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."
"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."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"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."
"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."
"The installation is quite easy but it could still be improved."
"There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster."
"Its performance can be faster."
"The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators."
"Its deployment should be easier."
"The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf."
"The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow."
"The interface is good but takes some time to get used to."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"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 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."
"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."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"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."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
"HyperFlex is a little pricey."
"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 licensing is yearly."
"The product is expensive."
"Licensing costs are on a monthly basis. There are additional costs."
"The solution is affordable and quite reasonably priced in terms of the product one gets."
"The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
"It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
"Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market."
"The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us."
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 SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4. 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 SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and FlexPod, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Sangfor HCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. HPE SimpliVity report.
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