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"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.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""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.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""High Availability is the best feature of product."

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"Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""Very good in-line compression.""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.""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""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."

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

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"I would like to see different levels of support offered.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""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.""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 main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""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."

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

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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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  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "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."
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
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  • "I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
  • "The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
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    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with… more »
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    The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is… more »
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    Nimble Storage dHCI
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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.

    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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    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Non Profit6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 8 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 18th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0. 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 Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, 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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