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Pros
"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.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""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.""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.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."

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"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."

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"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.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""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."

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Cons
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""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.""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.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""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.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"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.""Lacking integration to the cloud.""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.""The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""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 solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""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 support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."

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"The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable.""I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."

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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: Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
Top Answer: The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
Top Answer: It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.
Top Answer: The user interface is not as good or easy as the competition, for example, Nutanix. That's what we do find. The initial… more »
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
Nimble Storage dHCI
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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.

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

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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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Wholesaler/Distributor33%
Manufacturing Company17%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
REVIEWERS
Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, VMware, Dell EMC and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Easy to manage, great tools and very reasonably priced". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and FlexPod, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX.

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