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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment."

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

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"The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure.""The solution is very scalable."

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Cons
"I would like to see different levels of support offered.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""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.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""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.""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."

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

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"The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.""The networking needs improvement.""Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""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 was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."

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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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"Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually."

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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: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… more »
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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.

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company18%
Manufacturing Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
REVIEWERS
Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
REVIEWERS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise82%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI 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 NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI report.

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