We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"It's quite easy to install."
"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."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"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."
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"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 most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset."
"The solution is stable."
"The price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"The solution is scalable."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"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."
"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."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"There are sometimes issues with memory failure."
"I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex."
"This solution is lacking in replication and backup abilities that I would like to see in a future release similar to HPE SimpliVity."
"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node."
"Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"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."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"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."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"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."
"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."
"HyperFlex is a little pricey."
"We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
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:
HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 14 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. 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 Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and StorMagic SvSAN. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.
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