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 allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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."
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"Very good in-line compression."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"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."
"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."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"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 a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things."
"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"From a technical perspective, it's a pretty rock solid solution. I would say the only area for improvement is around its price."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"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."
"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."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
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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Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews. Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes is rated 10.0, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.4. 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, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX.
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