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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""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.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations."

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"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 initial setup was straightforward.""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.""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 features I have found most valuable are the convergence of the infrastructure and multi-platform support, for example, VMware and Hyper-V""We like the backup feature, which is inbuilt.""Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast.""The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use."

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"The solution is very scalable.""The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure."

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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.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""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 see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky."

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"Bottleneck is the main issue.""Not a lean architecture in terms of anything.""When it comes to performing backups, the dashboard is not intuitive and not user-friendly.""To install or to update it is more complicated than other solutions.""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.""Its price can be improved. Customers always look for better prices. It is more expensive as compared to other products available in the market.""I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system.""Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly."

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"The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.""The networking needs improvement.""Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."

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"There is not a license required for the solution.""The solution is priced high. However, there are plenty of features as part of the package that other solutions do not have.""The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades.""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.""It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price.""In terms of the licenses, customers do not actually get any benefit.""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.""The solution is expensive; not every budget can fit in there."

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"Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."

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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: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… 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 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.

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company9%
University7%
Retailer7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Transportation Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Manufacturing Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise42%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise42%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise82%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 39 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI report.

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