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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""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.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""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.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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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.""No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center.""The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."

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"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."

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Cons
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient.""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.""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.""It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."

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"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.""Upgrades are carried out manually."

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"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 vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.""The networking needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""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 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.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."

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

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"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.""The licensing fees are renewed annually."

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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: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… more »
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vSAN Ready Nodes
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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.

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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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Rackspace
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company18%
Manufacturing Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise82%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 20th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC Series, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. NetApp HCI report.

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