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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"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."

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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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"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."

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Cons
"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."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."

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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: We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.
Top Answer: Customers really like the pricing as it's quite affordable for them.
Top Answer: The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases.
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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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.

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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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
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Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Manufacturing Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Wholesaler/Distributor33%
Manufacturing Company17%
Marketing Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
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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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