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"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""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.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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."

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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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"The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool.""The initial setup is straightforward.""One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect.""The most valuable feature is the one-click to update the firmware and software.""One of the most valuable features that can be found, is the inclusion of a hypervisor for free.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""The virtualization environment is now much easier to manage and maintain, there is only one vendor to call in case of issues and one single console to manage everything.""The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix."

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Cons
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""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.""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.""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.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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""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)."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them.""It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others.""There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.""We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved.""Pricing and varieties of options could be better.""This product would be improved if it included a hybrid cloud solution.""In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us.""The cost of the solution is too expensive. There are other options, such as VMware, that are offered for less money. In Latin America, it seems to be overpriced for the market."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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 bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""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.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."

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"When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable.""We got the renewal done recently, and there was no cost involved.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable.""The pricing is fair for the package.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""The price of the solution is high."

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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 found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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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.

Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Wholesaler/Distributor33%
Manufacturing Company17%
Marketing Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Financial Services Firm9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise52%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
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HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 10.0, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS 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 Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.

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