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Pros
"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.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""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.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."

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"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""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.""Very good in-line compression."

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"We like that the size of the box is 1U or 2U only, and all the servers are fit into that box. The ease of operation is there. All the servers and the SAN storage are inside the box.""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.""Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades.""It is 100% stable. It's the most stable infrastructure that we have.""In terms of scalability, adding a number of nodes, I find that it will not be any issues.""The ease of deployment is very good."

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Cons
"I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""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.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""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.""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."

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"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""Lacking integration to the cloud.""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 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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"This product would be improved if it included a hybrid cloud solution.""It would be great if they could improve the GUI features.""One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware.""This solution would be improved with built-in integration with Rubrik.""In the future, I would like to see integration with external storage using the fiber channel""The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve.""The patch updates of Nutanix Acropolis could be improved. I'm work on the corporate side, but I get feedback from our IT team that patch updates and other updates are taking a significantly longer time. This definitely needs to be resolved. We are in discussion with Nutanix regarding certain configuration issues we are having, so maybe something can be changed to ease these patch updates.""I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""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.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""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 cost of this solution is quite fair.""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."

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"I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."

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"There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors.""AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable.""The cost of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is reasonable.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive.""The pricing is fair for the package."

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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: The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out… more »
Top Answer: Nimble It's only available using iSCSI — Nimble can run iSCSI or Fiber Channel. Although iSCSI is cheaper, from a… 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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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.

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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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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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 Business71%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
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Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.4, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. 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 Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. Nutanix Acropolis AOS report.

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