We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"It's quite easy to install."
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"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."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
"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 ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option."
"Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure."
"The solution is very scalable."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface."
"The installation is complex."
"The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem."
"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."
"The networking needs improvement."
"The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
"The licensing fees are renewed annually."
"Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."
"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee."
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.
NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.
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Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Good stability and scalability with excellent reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. NetApp HCI report.
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