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."
"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"It's quite easy to install."
"The interface is user-friendly."
"Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity."
"The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs."
"The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated."
"It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently."
"CDP is an important feature for avoiding data loss in the event of ransomware attacks. You need more storage capacity, however, you get the possibility to return at any time and use the data saved up to that point. The recovery is much faster than with a classic restore."
"HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"Very good in-line compression."
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"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."
"I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows."
"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."
"If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things."
"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."
"NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future."
"Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards."
"The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors."
"Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."
"Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial."
"I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report."
"The initial setup is a little bit complicated."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs, such as KVM or Red Hat, it would be an improvement."
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick."
"The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"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."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
"This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
"Pricing has improved but it is still expensive."
"The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
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.
DataCore™ SANsymphony™ enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
HPE Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.
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DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.8, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony SDS writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, StorMagic SvSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and VxRail, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI report.
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