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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""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.""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.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""It is extremely stable.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."

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"The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market.""The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use.""It is easy to set up.""We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers.""The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware.""The initial setup is simple.""Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast.""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."

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"I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further.""The most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud."

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Cons
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""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.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""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.""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."

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"The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow.""The solution could improve by adding better support of the VMware add-ons and a more intuitive user interface for administrators.""The interface is good but takes some time to get used to.""I think the licensing cost could be lower.""The technical, commercial, and marketing support is not at the level that it should be. They are not structured well. Other vendors provide better support, such as Dell.""It would be better if it could integrate more easily with other vendors.""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."

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"The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""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."

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"It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price.""The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes.""The product is expensive.""Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market.""It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me.""It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail.""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.""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."

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"The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost.""The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies."

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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 most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud.
Top Answer: The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies.
Top Answer: We use StarWind Virtual Tape Library as a high-capacity storage system.
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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.

For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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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
Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
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%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government8%
Insurance Company7%
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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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 38 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. 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 StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality RING8, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSAN. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.

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