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."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"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."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"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."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."
"The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V"
"The initial setup was straightforward."
"It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise."
"The access, high availability, and interface are the most valuable and important for us. There is one interface for the whole product, which is very important because you have a single pane to view all the infrastructure of a customer. You can improve your data recovery plan or DRP, or you can make a special emergency plan if a disk has any problem."
"Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast."
"We like the backup feature, which is inbuilt."
"I find the replication feature valuable."
"Its performance and availability are most valuable."
"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment."
"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."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"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."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"Scalability requires using additional nodes."
"The installation is quite easy but it could still be improved."
"There are a lot of different components to choose from in the chassis. This could be easier by providing a standard or a base model to create and configure from."
"SimpliVity has very limited options for the virtualization layer."
"It would be better if it could integrate more easily with other vendors."
"The interface is good but takes some time to get used to."
"The product is expensive."
"Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly."
"The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"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."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
"Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market."
"Its licensing is yearly."
"It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
"The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades."
"The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
"The product is expensive."
"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
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 SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.
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HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 12th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2. 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 SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and IBM PureSystems.
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