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Pros
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""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.""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.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""High Availability is the best feature of product."

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"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth.""The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available.""No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."

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"The most valuable features are replication and backup.""HPE SimpliVity is scalable. Some 200 people at my organization are using this solution at present.""The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup.""The technical support is exceptionally good.""We like the backup feature, which is inbuilt.""The solution is user-friendly.""The access, high availability, and interface are the most valuable and important for us. There is one interface for the whole product, which is very important because you have a single pane to view all the infrastructure of a customer. You can improve your data recovery plan or DRP, or you can make a special emergency plan if a disk has any problem.""The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use."

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Cons
"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.""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.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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 different levels of support offered.""Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.""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."

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"Compatibility with other hardware nodes 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."

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"Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""The interface is good but takes some time to get used to.""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.""It's a very complex installation. It's gotten easier, however, it's far from a double click on a link and a self-upgrade scenario. There's still an awful lot of magic that goes down to doing upgrades.""The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators.""The solution wasn't able to connect to the cloud, and there's no micro-segmentation. The configuration of this solution is also complex.""I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party.""It is not so cheap, and this is the most common complaint that my customers have. It is a very good product, but the price is an issue in Latin America. VMware is a de facto tool. It would be useful for customers if HP can also use Red Hat or any other open-source virtualization product. Currently, you can only use VMware to manage the machines inside SimpliVity."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""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 takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."

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"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."

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"The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes.""The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us.""The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades.""There is not a license required for the solution.""It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price.""The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have.""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 licensing cost could be lower."

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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: They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads… more »
Top Answer: There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure. The issue comes down to affordability relative… more »
Top Answer: They have to be more compatible. When you are looking at Nutanix versus vSan with VMware, the operating system licenses… more »
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
vSAN Ready Nodes
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.

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 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
Rackspace
Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company7%
Government6%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company10%
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 Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 37 reviews. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4. 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 SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. HPE SimpliVity report.

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