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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""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.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks."

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"We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."

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"The initial setup is simple.""The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware.""HPE SimpliVity is scalable. Some 200 people at my organization are using this solution at present.""SimpliVity works well in a UAT environment..""We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers.""The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer.""The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup.""The solution is user-friendly."

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Cons
"If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""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.""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.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""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 main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us."

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"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.""The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.""The installation is complex.""We've had some issues around the licensing."

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"There are a lot of different components to choose from in the chassis. This could be easier by providing a standard or a base model to create and configure from.""HPE SimpliVity should cost less.""Bottleneck is the main issue.""The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly.""The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system.""The product is expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."

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"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.""The pricing for this solution is good."

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"If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price.""It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.""The solution is expensive; not every budget can fit in there.""I think it's a complete package. We buy the license with support for five years. It's a subscription, I will say, but it's included when you buy the SimpliVity solution from HPE. You have a contract with the software warranty and upgrades.""The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution.""We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable.""The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have.""The solution is priced high. However, there are plenty of features as part of the package that other solutions do not have."

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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: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
Top Answer:  It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors.
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
Top Answer: Its performance and availability are most valuable.
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Also Known As
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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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.

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government4%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise54%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise42%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 39 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and NetApp HCI, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and DataCore SANsymphony SDS. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. HPE SimpliVity report.

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