We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."
"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."
"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."
"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."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found."
"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."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"Scalability requires using additional nodes."
"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
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.
Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.
ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.
Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.
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HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0. 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 Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and StarWind Storage Appliance, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE SimpliVity and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.
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