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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"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 price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect.""The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect.""The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""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 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."

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"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.""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.""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.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""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.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."

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"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.""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.""Its price could be better.""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.""In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."

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"The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""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.""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.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug.""Having more support plan options would be nice."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""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."

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"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""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.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""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 was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."

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Top Answer: Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all.
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 Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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Overview

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

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.

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Computer Software Company24%
Government5%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 37 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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