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"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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 we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks."

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"Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads, Hyper-V workloads, bare metal Red Hat workloads, Kubernetes workloads all on the same cluster. You're not pigeonholed into either all bare metal or all virtualized. So it supports basically any platform."

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"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""Very good in-line compression.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."

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Cons
"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.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""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.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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."

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"From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its price."

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"Lacking integration to the cloud.""Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better.""The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot.""HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs, such as KVM or Red Hat, it would be an improvement.""The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick.""Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
  • "The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is 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: 
    Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes can support what we call a heterogeneous environment. So you can have VMware workloads… more »
    Top Answer: 
    In terms of price, it's one architecture. You can go anywhere from four nodes all the way up to 250 nodes, but it's all… more »
    Top Answer: 
    From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its… more »
    Top Answer: 
    HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is… more »
    Top Answer: 
    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs… more »
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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.

    VxRack FLEX and VxFlex Ready Nodes, also known as the Flex family, create a server-based SAN by combining virtualization software, known as VxFlex OS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers to deliver flexibility, scalability, and capacity on demand. Local storage resources are combined to create a virtual pool of block storage with varying performance tiers. The platform enables you to start small (with as little as four nodes) and scale incrementally. The Flex family provides enterprise-grade data protection, multi-tenant capabilities, and add-on enterprise features such as QoS, thin provisioning, and snapshots. VxFlex OS is the key enabler and provides an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency and flexibility to address enterprise data center needs. The unique features of VxFlex OS make it an excellent complement to Kubernetes for stateful applications, such as databases, continuous integration, logging and monitoring platforms.

    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.

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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Non Profit6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business63%
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    Large Enterprise27%
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    Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 8 reviews. Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is rated 10.0, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes writes "Single platform for a mix of virtualized and physical workloads". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX.

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