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Pros
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""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's quite easy to install.""The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""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.""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."

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"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 documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.""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.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""The interface is user-friendly.""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."

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"The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades.""In the world of IT operations, there is a lot of noise. Traditionally, systems would generate a great deal of alerts, events, and notifications, often leading to the operator either a) not seeing critical alerts since they are lost in the noise or b) disregarding the alerts/events.""Everything is core centralized on the UI.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability.""In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged.""Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple."

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Cons
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""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.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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.""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."

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"I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today.""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.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial."

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"It would be great if they could improve the GUI features.""The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve.""Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage.""There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.""I think some of the tasks that must be done using CLI could be added to the web interface.""I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time.""The One-Click Upgrade process could/should offer the ability to integrate with 3rd party drivers. For example, we use NVIDIA Grid graphics cards. It would be amazing if, during the One-Click Upgrade process, we could "slipstream" additional VIB drivers for ESXi into the upgrade process.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""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.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."

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"This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage.""Pricing has improved but it is still expensive.""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."

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"We got the renewal done recently, and there was no cost involved.""The price of the solution is high.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""The pricing is quite good in comparison with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Scale, and even traditional architecture.""Our Nutanix license is for five years. There is a support arrangement there, but that aspect is more or less taken care of during the initial installation. With HCI architecture, whenever we do any kind of auto scaling or scaling of servers and resources, there is a significant amount of software licensing involved.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."

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Questions from the Community
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… more »
Top Answer: The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.
Top Answer: The main work in building a SANsymphony solution is to design and select the correct hardware parts. The setup is quite… more »
Top Answer: We would like to see a real "sexy" storage dashboard with capacity, usage, performance, and error tracking. The cloud… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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Overview

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).

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Volkswagen, Maimonides Medical Center, The Biodesign Institute, ISCO Industries, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, United Financial Credit Union, Derby Supply Chain Solutions, Mission Community Hospital, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Colby-Sawyer College, Mount Sinai Health System, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Quorn Foods, Bitburger, University of Birmingham, Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg, NetEnt to name a few.
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Non Profit38%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Computer Software Company8%
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Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company29%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Comms Service Provider9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 45 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.8, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS 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 Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StorMagic SvSAN and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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