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Pros
"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.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""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.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""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.""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 vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available.""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."

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"It has a valuable deduplication feature.""Dell owns the EMC, EMC owns VMware, and there are many other interconnections throughout the industry which allows a fully integrated solution from a technical perspective.""The scalability of VxRail is very good.""VxRail has improved out organization because we are trying to be a little more proactive and elastic. We are trying to change our conventional approach to development.""VxRail is easy to deploy and easy to scale up.""Management of the hardware and software in one console is the most valuable feature. It's also compatible with vSAN.""The solution is easy to use. When turning on a server or a machine that is required for, deployment or quality assurance, the dynamic deployment of resources is good.""The recent technologies and management features that have been implemented."

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Cons
"Having more support plan options would be nice.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""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.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""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.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""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.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."

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"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."

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"It would be an improvement if VxRail could be integrated with some other hypervisors and not just with VMware.""What I did not like so much was the amount of VMware that you have to put in your system related to the VxRail.""There is a limitation on the number of nodes.""In the version that I was working with, the integrations are in need of improvement.""I wish for the performance environment to be improved.""I would love to see license migration from one host to another.""Right now, it's difficult for a non-technical person to participate in using the product. It could be made more consumer-friendly.""A disadvantage is that the initial first deployment can be complicated."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""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.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."

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

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"The solution is competitively priced but it is expensive. However, this is expected as we are a corporate enterprise and we need this environment.""The VMware licenses are included and we do not have to worry about the license, everything is integrated.""I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment.""The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap.""The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy.""It's a mandatory cost with everything included""VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either.""I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable."

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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 Nimble Storage dHCI Vs. VxRail One of the best things about the HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is the three, two, one,… more »
Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
Top Answer: VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
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vSAN Ready Nodes
VCE VxRail
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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.

VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.

VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured,  pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory. 

VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance. 

VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box. 

If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

VxRail Features and Benefits

  • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
  • Fast data center modernization
  • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
  • Powerful performance and reliability
  • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
  • Excellent integration 
  • Save time
  • Reduce costs

Reviews from Real Users

VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."

VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…

VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.” 

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Rackspace
World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company6%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. VxRail 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 VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 7.4, while VxRail is rated 8.6. 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 VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE SimpliVity, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Dell EMC PowerFlex. See our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes vs. VxRail report.

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