We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"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."
"This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"
"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 main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"Technical support needs improvement. There's a lot of language barriers."
"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."
"The networking needs improvement."
"The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment."
"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."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"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."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."
"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."
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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.
Huawei FusionCube is a hyper-converged infrastructure, which consists of computing, storage, network, virtualization, and management systems.
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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Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews. Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is rated 7.0, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure writes "Good functionality and pricing but needs better security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Sangfor HCI and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Scale Computing HC3. See our Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure vs. NetApp HCI report.
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