We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"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."
"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."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"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."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage."
"One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale."
"I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable. Another aspect I really like, when one compares Citrix to VMware, is the interface where you talk directly to your VM from the present software."
"Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."
"Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple."
"The virtualization environment is now much easier to manage and maintain, there is only one vendor to call in case of issues and one single console to manage everything."
"It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure."
"Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"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."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Updating the software can be a bit tricky."
"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."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Nutanix needs to improve network features like Passthrough – SR-IOV. It could be improved by supporting SR-IOV, if they had that support, I would not have needed to implement the VMWare vSAN."
"Nutanix should improve AHV to support migration VMs between clusters and storage containers. Migration between containers is possible, but it requires shutting down the VM. The procedure is long and there is no migration between clusters at all."
"It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them."
"Could have better visibility with the main OEM backup integrators."
"The only problem is that not many operating systems are supported on the AOS hypervisor. They need to probably increase the support on multiple operating systems. As of now, a very limited number of operating systems and patch levels are supported on AOS."
"We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved."
"As of now, Acropolis and VMware cannot talk to each other. Until we have some kind of interface, it would be much better for Nutanix if they built an interface that can talk. Otherwise, if I have a VMware stack and I already have a Nutanix stack, I can create containers, I create clusters on VMware, I create clusters on Nutanix."
"In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us."
"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 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 takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
"There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors."
"The cost of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is reasonable."
"When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable."
"Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
"The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available."
"The price of the solution could improve. Nutanix has recently changed its pricing model from perpetual to subscription. They have identified there are challenges with the pricing model."
"The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
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.
Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.
For more information visit: www.nutanix.com.
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Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 19th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. 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 Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.
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