We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three."
"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations."
"It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget."
"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's quite easy to install."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"It's very easy to use and quite a mature product."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"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."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"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."
"A very flexible solution."
"It's very stable and it's easy to use."
"All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized."
"The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent."
"HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."
"It appears to be very stable and very robust."
"The solution is very stable."
"The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs."
"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."
"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."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"There are sometimes issues with memory failure."
"Its price could be better."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"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."
"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."
"The pricing is pretty expensive."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."
"One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that."
"The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options."
"In our country, Qatar, most of the industry isn't using too much HP. StoreVirtual doesn't move fast. It's not a popular product."
"It is a costly solution."
"The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users."
"User interface could be improved."
"The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
"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 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."
"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."
"For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."
"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution."
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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:
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.8. 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 StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.
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