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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Very good in-line compression.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""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.""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""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.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"

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"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""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 fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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Cons
"Lacking integration to the cloud.""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.""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."

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"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""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.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""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.""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.""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.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""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 StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."

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Questions from the Community
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 of the cloud.
Top Answer: Nimble It's only available using iSCSI — Nimble can run iSCSI or Fiber Channel. Although iSCSI is cheaper, from a performance perspective, if you've got a really high-performance need, then you need… more »
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 Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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Overview

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.

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.

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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
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Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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