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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"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.""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.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""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.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair."

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"We like the backup feature, which is inbuilt.""What I like about the solution, is that SimpliVity is easy to deploy and maintain. It's really performing very well. The ratio of price to performance is really good.""The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market.""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.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The compression and deduplication ratio.""The interface is very good and is very easy to navigate. You can find everything you need from one central place.""Backups happen very quickly."

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"I have found the solution to be scalable.""It's stable and scalable. Also, you can virtualize SAN so that you don't have to have a separate storage area network and can have your computer and storage on the same box or computer.""The deduplication and compression are excellent.""We had very good access to technical support.""The scalability has been quite good.""The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use.""Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware.""It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage."

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Cons
"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.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""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.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""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.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""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."

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"HPE SimpliVity should cost less.""They could have better-specialized support for more countries.""There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster.""To install or to update it is more complicated than other solutions.""The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly.""There is room for improvement in the operations area because the support for that server space is minimal.""Its deployment should be easier.""I think that they should have their own hyper-converged system."

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"The only negative point relates to the licensing. If you want multiple, different servers, it costs money, but you have all the capacity for vSAN. You do not reach the data, but the processor arrays and the current architecture.""Troubleshooting tools could be improved.""Hardware load balancing is available on the enterprise version of the solution, however, it's extremely expensive and therefore out of our budget.""We plan to switch products since the hardware nowadays is a little bit outdated and we need to scale up a bit.""If the support could be provided more quickly, it would be very helpful.""Licensing costs are a little too high for smaller sized companies.""Reporting currently depends on third party applications and that could be improved.""They can package it in a way that is specific to the hardware infrastructure and the hardware platform. It should stay fairly up to date with the drivers and the manufacturer issues. The problem with uncoupling the proprietary technology and component capabilities is that by uncoupling them, you run into some concerns or challenges over the poor performance model. These concerns really come when you start talking about high performance, high bandwidth, and high availability types of environments. While vSAN is a leader, in a critical view, it is not about being cost-effective. It is more about the immediate impact of money loss to the business in critical applications where we want to maintain a continuous operational 59 model. It is, however, good for QA/QC tasks. I don't necessarily know how it works in regards to VDI or virtual desktop infrastructure."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB."

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"The product is expensive.""The price of the solution is reasonable. We have purchased a five-year license with all the support and upgrades.""Customers always complain that SimpliVity is a little bit higher in price point as compared to other solutions available in the market.""Its licensing is 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 solution is priced high. However, there are plenty of features as part of the package that other solutions do not have.""The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."

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"VMware vSAN is a little bit expensive and we pay annually. We have an educational institute where we receive discount prices from VMware. We do receive a reasonable discount but it's still expensive.""vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower.""It is too expensive.""If they could reduce the cost, it would be better. Licensing costs are something that they could take care of. If you are a smaller and strong IT team, then VMware vSAN is a very good product. If you want to expand in the service provider space, then you will have to go for an open-source solution like OpenStack. We are now looking at OpenStack because we sell licensing costs. We are a service provider, so the IT component data is a substantial component in our overall costing. We feel that OpenStack might help us to cut down the licensing cost. Therefore, we are looking at SAS storage instead of vSAN. SAS is open source, but it is not wise to have open source without having the backend support. We are using RedHat SAS, and it is an open-source solution. You can also have a free version, but we are using it with support from RedHat so that we have somebody to back us up in case we have a problem. If you do normal business, then IT expense is 1% or 2% of the total turnover. The higher licensing costs sometimes don't make difference to the big companies who are not service providers and are using it only for their internal use. For them, the IT cost is 1% or 2%, but for an IT service provider, the IT costs will go up to 15% to 16% of the total cost of the operations. This is where the licensing costs become irrelevant. For example, the licensing cost of using VMware, VC, and vSAN is 8% of my monthly revenue. Every month, I pay about $35,000, and, with the revised plan, it will be something like $50,000 or revenue of 600k per month, which means almost 8% of the revenue is going into VMware licensing. In a very competitive world, 8% as a cost element is huge. So, if I can bring it down to 2%, I save 6% in revenue expenditure. In terms of profit, 6% of 30% is something like another 25% increase in my profit. My profit can be almost 25%. It would be 20% to 25% in case I am able to handle the licensing costs and bring them to a very low level. Because these IT costs are substantial for us, that is why we are going with OpenStack. OpenStack has a limitation that it requires more hardware. There will be some increase in the hardware cost, but overall we will save 5% to 6% of our licensing cost by using OpenStack.""This solution requires the purchase of a license.""ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.""Every product is licensed with full support for a certain number of years. The licensing could be cheaper.""The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive."

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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: Since we were faced with having to replace our entire VMware system (three host servers and two SANs), we found that the… more »
Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer: We found VMware’s vSAN was easy to set up, configure, and manage compared to other solutions we considered. It is best… 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.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
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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%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
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%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 36 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.4, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Sangfor HCI, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. VMware vSAN report.

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