We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"It's quite easy to install."
"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."
"It is extremely stable."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget."
"No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."
"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."
"Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."
"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."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"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)."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Scalability requires using additional nodes."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"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."
"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."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
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.
Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
, and can help
you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.
HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.
Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.
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Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes writes "A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Easy to manage, great tools and very reasonably priced". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Rubrik.
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