We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team."
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure."
"The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset."
"Performance-wise, everything is good. So far, we haven't had any issues. There has been no downtime at all."
"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."
"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 scalability has been quite good."
"VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending."
"I like the orchestration feature."
"Provides good performance as well as integration with deployment tools."
"The high availability is very good."
"The most valuable features are productivity and data storage."
"We have found the solution to be very scalable."
"It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"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)."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"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."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"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"
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"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."
"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."
"There are sometimes issues with memory failure."
"Its price could be better."
"We would like to see even more storage capacity."
"Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more."
"When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there."
"Integration could be better."
"Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64. In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces."
"I would like to see better integration between the cloud and our VMware virtual environment. We only have one virtual environment, which is VMware vSAN. Right now, there is little interoperability with the cloud solution at the moment."
"The solution could maybe improve failure protection."
"If the support could be provided more quickly, it would be very helpful."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"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."
"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 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 feel the pricing to be reasonable."
"The price is expensive."
"ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface."
"It is expensive, but you get what you pay for."
"The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive."
"We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually."
"The licensing cost is high and should be taken into account."
"vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower."
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:
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 13 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and FlexPod, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Gluster Storage. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. VMware vSAN report.
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