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"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""It's quite easy to install.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""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.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."

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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.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"

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"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."

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"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.""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).""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.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""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.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."

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"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.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified.""Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."

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"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
  • "The price of the solution was reasonable."
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    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads… more »
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    There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure. The issue comes down to affordability relative… more »
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    vSAN Ready Nodes
    Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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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.

    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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    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Non Profit6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government6%
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 18th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.2, 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, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, HPE SimpliVity, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.

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