We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks."
"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."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."
"The initial setup was quite straightforward."
"The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades."
"The product is easy to manage."
"In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged."
"The most valuable feature is the one-click to update the firmware and software."
"Ability to create multiple VMs."
"Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."
"It is 100% stable. It's the most stable infrastructure that we have."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"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."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"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 would like to see different levels of support offered."
"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."
"Nutanix needs to improve network features like Passthrough – SR-IOV. It could be improved by supporting SR-IOV, if they had that support, I would not have needed to implement the VMWare vSAN."
"It would be ideal if it was more secure."
"I would enjoy an advanced mode where experienced users can leverage their knowledge to do advanced things currently only allowed using the command line tools on the CVM."
"In the next release, I would like better and more competitive pricing."
"In the future, I would like to see integration with external storage using the fiber channel"
"I'm sure there are a lot of things that could be improved, but I'm actually very satisfied with this product. There may be some possibilities to move the virtual server dismounting points or to move the server from one group to another, but I can't think of any special improvements or update features."
"I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time."
"The solution doesn't support older systems, which can be a problem for some organizations who wish to implement it. It became a problem for us due to the fact that some of our systems are older."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"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."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"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 cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
"The price of the solution could improve. Nutanix has recently changed its pricing model from perpetual to subscription. They have identified there are challenges with the pricing model."
"My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
"We got the renewal done recently, and there was no cost involved."
"There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors."
"This product is expensive, but they do have discounts. At one point, I saw that they were giving a 70% or 80% discount, which is a good thing, but maybe they should have a more realistic price and then a 5% to 10% discount."
"When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable."
"Our Nutanix license is for five years. There is a support arrangement there, but that aspect is more or less taken care of during the initial installation. With HCI architecture, whenever we do any kind of auto scaling or scaling of servers and resources, there is a significant amount of software licensing involved."
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.
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.
Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.
For more information visit: www.nutanix.com.
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Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0, while Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes and HPE SimpliVity, whereas Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.
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