We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before."
"It is extremely stable."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"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."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"I have found backup and replication to be useful. We have a 10 megabit line between the data center and our main site. The backup and replication are very good. Additionally, the solution runs on VMware which is a benefit."
"The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market."
"The most valuable feature is high availability."
"The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup."
"The features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V"
"We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers."
"Its performance and availability are most valuable."
"It is easy to set up."
"The solution is stable and everything is taken care of through the Huawei support center. They ensure everything is running smoothly. It's been very good."
"The pricing of the solution is excellent. It's one of the main reasons a customer chooses Huawei. It's much, much better than VMware."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"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."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"HPE SimpliVity should cost less."
"We had some hardware compatibility issues with the earlier versions of HPE SimpliVity. We upgraded to the latest version a few months ago, and since then, there is no hardware failure, and it is better. They don't provide a portal to create a ticket directly for the HPE SimpliVity. We have a web portal to create a ticket when we have an issue, but for HPE SimpliVity, we need to call the local vendor for support. If they are not able to resolve the issue, they contact the global support, which takes more time. Technology is moving very fast, and everybody nowadays is focusing on the cloud base. In the future, they should integrate it with the cloud base for the backup."
"It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc."
"Its price can be improved. Customers always look for better prices. It is more expensive as compared to other products available in the market."
"There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster."
"The setup was complex, as it has multiple integrations with multiple orients."
"They could have better-specialized support for more countries."
"Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes."
"t would be helpful if the solution was able to collaborate or integrate with other well-known monitoring tools. Right now, you have to work hard to get it configured. It would be a good selling point for them if they could open up their solution to more integrations."
"Technical support needs improvement. There's a lot of language barriers."
"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."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"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."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The product is expensive."
"The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us."
"The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades."
"It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly."
"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
"It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
"The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
"I think it's a complete package. We buy the license with support for five years. It's a subscription, I will say, but it's included when you buy the SimpliVity solution from HPE. You have a contract with the software warranty and upgrades."
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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.
Huawei FusionCube is a hyper-converged infrastructure, which consists of computing, storage, network, virtualization, and management systems.
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is ranked 21st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is rated 7.0. 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 Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure writes "Good functionality and pricing but needs better security". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Sangfor HCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure report.
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