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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."

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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.""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.""It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."

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"It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient.""This solution has a dashboard that you can log into and control if you need too while the VM is getting created.""It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure.""Technical support is good.""VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products.""The solution is quite stable.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage."

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Cons
"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.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""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.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""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 wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."

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"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.""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 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.""Lacking integration to the cloud.""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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"There's a lot that can be done to segregate. That may be available now in vSAN 7, I suppose, however, the deduplication and compression can be segregated.""VMware vSAN needs to improve its features because other solutions have more advanced features.""Hardware load balancing is available on the enterprise version of the solution, however, it's extremely expensive and therefore out of our budget.""The integration could be improved. I would like to see integration with other platforms.""The only negative point relates to the licensing. If you want multiple, different servers, it costs money, but you have all the capacity for vSAN. You do not reach the data, but the processor arrays and the current architecture.""This is quite an expensive solution.""The price can be reduced. Small businesses cannot afford this solution.""We plan to switch products since the hardware nowadays is a little bit outdated and we need to scale up a bit."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."

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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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"It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig.""The price is expensive.""It is too expensive.""I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license.""In comparison with other solutions, such as HP or Cisco, I find the solution to be quite pricey.""The price of vSAN could be lower.""It is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features.""If they could reduce the cost, it would be better. Licensing costs are something that they could take care of. If you are a smaller and strong IT team, then VMware vSAN is a very good product. If you want to expand in the service provider space, then you will have to go for an open-source solution like OpenStack. We are now looking at OpenStack because we sell licensing costs. We are a service provider, so the IT component data is a substantial component in our overall costing. We feel that OpenStack might help us to cut down the licensing cost. Therefore, we are looking at SAS storage instead of vSAN. SAS is open source, but it is not wise to have open source without having the backend support. We are using RedHat SAS, and it is an open-source solution. You can also have a free version, but we are using it with support from RedHat so that we have somebody to back us up in case we have a problem. If you do normal business, then IT expense is 1% or 2% of the total turnover. The higher licensing costs sometimes don't make difference to the big companies who are not service providers and are using it only for their internal use. For them, the IT cost is 1% or 2%, but for an IT service provider, the IT costs will go up to 15% to 16% of the total cost of the operations. This is where the licensing costs become irrelevant. For example, the licensing cost of using VMware, VC, and vSAN is 8% of my monthly revenue. Every month, I pay about $35,000, and, with the revised plan, it will be something like $50,000 or revenue of 600k per month, which means almost 8% of the revenue is going into VMware licensing. In a very competitive world, 8% as a cost element is huge. So, if I can bring it down to 2%, I save 6% in revenue expenditure. In terms of profit, 6% of 30% is something like another 25% increase in my profit. My profit can be almost 25%. It would be 20% to 25% in case I am able to handle the licensing costs and bring them to a very low level. Because these IT costs are substantial for us, that is why we are going with OpenStack. OpenStack has a limitation that it requires more hardware. There will be some increase in the hardware cost, but overall we will save 5% to 6% of our licensing cost by using OpenStack."

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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: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… 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: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… 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.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
Construction Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Healthcare Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
Retailer10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
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 Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise68%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. VMware vSAN 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 VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while VMware vSAN 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and DataCore SANsymphony SDS. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. VMware vSAN report.

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