We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"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."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"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."
"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"Updating the software can be a bit tricky."
"New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug."
"StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"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."
"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."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"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."
"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"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."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"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.
Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.
ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.
Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.
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Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 19th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0. 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 Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, HPE SimpliVity and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, HPE SimpliVity, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE Hyper Converged.
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