We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"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."
"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."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"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."
"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."
"Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"Very good in-line compression."
"VxRail's feature that we found most valuable was its really good performance. That was one of VxRail's advantages."
"It has a valuable deduplication feature."
"The support has been excellent, especially if you compare it to IBM."
"VxRail has high performance and has great efficiency. There is a single place for us to manage all of our virtual machines. The ability to right-size instead of overcommit VMs is a large benefit."
"VxRail performs well in the VDI environment."
"One beneficial feature is that the solution can handle complex environments."
"The most valuable features are ease of management and ease of applying updates."
"This is a good solution for medium-sized installations especially when it will be coupled with VMware."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"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."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"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."
"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 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."
"Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"Lacking integration to the cloud."
"Lacks integration of licenses so that it's an expensive solution."
"The licensing needs to be improved upon."
"I wish for the performance environment to be improved."
"In the next release, maybe they could add in integration with the hyper-cloud so it will be easier to do the movement up and back to the cloud in order to scale in and scale out."
"The most important thing that I want to be included in this solution is the VMware license. Its deployment time can be quicker so that instead of 40 minutes, it takes 10 minutes."
"The cost is quite high. It's a very expensive solution to run."
"I can't speak to any missing features or weak aspects of the system just yet. We haven't had a chance to really dig in."
"The licensing is a bit too costly."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"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."
"I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable."
"It has a yearly subscription. It can be for one year, three years, or five years."
"This is an expensive product and that should be considered a point to be improved."
"VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
"I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment."
"A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door."
"The solution is priced well for businesses."
"The solution is competitively priced but it is expensive. However, this is expected as we are a corporate enterprise and we need this environment."
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.
VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.
VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured, pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory.
VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance.
VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box.
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Reviews from Real Users
VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."
VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…”
VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.”
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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 54 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.8, while VxRail is rated 8.6. 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 VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Dell EMC PowerFlex and NetApp HCI. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. VxRail report.
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