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"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""It's quite easy to install.""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.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""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.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."

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"We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers.""The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use.""Its performance and availability are most valuable.""It is easy to set up.""The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V""The compression and deduplication features are most valuable because they allow us to have a small footprint for storage. It is a very stable product, and we are also able to get all that we need in terms of reporting.""The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market.""The interface is very good and is very easy to navigate. You can find everything you need from one central place."

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"All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.""It's very stable and it's easy to use.""The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs.""It appears to be very stable and very robust.""The solution is very stable.""A very flexible solution.""The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent.""HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."

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"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""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.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."

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"The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly.""The local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HP doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here.""When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly.""HPE SimpliVity should cost less.""Bottleneck is the main issue.""The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf.""The solution wasn't able to connect to the cloud, and there's no micro-segmentation. The configuration of this solution is also complex.""Its deployment should be easier."

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"One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that.""In our country, Qatar, most of the industry isn't using too much HP. StoreVirtual doesn't move fast. It's not a popular product.""I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware.""The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users.""It is a costly solution.""The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger.""The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options.""User interface could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""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 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.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""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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"The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have.""There is not a license required for the solution.""If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price.""It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.""Licensing costs are on a monthly basis. There are additional costs.""It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price.""Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market.""The licensing cost could be lower."

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"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution.""For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."

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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: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
Top Answer: Its performance and availability are most valuable.
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SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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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 SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
NBrIX, WIND Telecom, Netrics
Top Industries
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Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company10%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company8%
Hospitality Company8%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government8%
Retailer4%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise37%
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews while HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "The flexibility needs improvement and it needs an alerting system, yet it is stable and easy to install". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and StorMagic SvSAN, whereas HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Nutanix Acropolis AOS.

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