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"Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""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.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."

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"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""Very good in-line compression.""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.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""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.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"

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"The pricing of the solution is very good.""The most valuable features are replication and backup.""What I like about the solution, is that SimpliVity is easy to deploy and maintain. It's really performing very well. The ratio of price to performance is really good.""Its performance and availability are most valuable.""Backups happen very quickly.""The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer.""The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V""The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware."

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Cons
"I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""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.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky."

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"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""Lacking integration to the cloud.""The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick.""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.""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.""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."

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"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.""Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly.""HPE SimpliVity should cost less.""The product is expensive.""I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party.""I think the licensing cost could be lower.""It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc.""Its price can be improved. Customers always look for better prices. It is more expensive as compared to other products available in the market."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""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.""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 cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""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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"It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly.""The solution is priced high. However, there are plenty of features as part of the package that other solutions do not have.""We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable.""If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price.""The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades.""There is not a license required for the solution.""In terms of the licenses, customers do not actually get any benefit.""The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."

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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: 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 »
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
Top Answer: Its performance and availability are most valuable.
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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 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.

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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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise42%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 39 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". 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 Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Sangfor HCI. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. HPE SimpliVity report.

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