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Pros
"A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""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.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""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.""It's quite easy to install.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."

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"The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market.""The pricing of the solution is very good.""The most valuable features are replication and backup.""It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise.""The interface is very good and is very easy to navigate. You can find everything you need from one central place.""HPE SimpliVity is a very valuable and effective solution. It's also a scalable solution. As the customer requirements and application requirements increase, it can scale to accommodate them.""Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast.""SimpliVity works well in a UAT environment.."

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"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."

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Cons
"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.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""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.""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."

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"There is room for improvement in the operations area because the support for that server space is minimal.""I think the licensing cost could be lower.""Bottleneck is the main issue.""The interface is good but takes some time to get used to.""I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system.""They could have better-specialized support for more countries.""Its performance can be faster.""Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly."

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"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""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.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""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.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."

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"The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud 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 is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price.""It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly.""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.""We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software.""It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.""Licensing costs are on a monthly basis. There are additional costs."

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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: 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.
Top Answer: We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.
Top Answer: Customers really like the pricing as it's quite affordable for them.
Top Answer: The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases.
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SimpliVity, HPE HCI
Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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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.

Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.

ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.

Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.

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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
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Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
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%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
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HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0. 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 Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE Hyper Converged.

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