We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"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."
"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."
"The initial setup was not complex."
"The stability is very nice. We haven't had any issues with the cluster. The cluster is very stable. No problems with slowness. Everything has been stable. It was well-architectured."
"The scalability of VxRail is very good."
"The manageability for controlling the console is the most valuable feature."
"It helps our servers and it is very efficient."
"My customers use it for VDI. It has been very usable and very fast to use with VDI. On the VxRail side also, it has been very fast."
"The stability continues to get better and better. It's pretty reliable."
"The updating of the features was one aspect of the solution that made us decide to use it."
"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."
"I would like to see different levels of support offered."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"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."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."
"When using hybrid nodes, such as VxRail, there should not be compression and deduplication, only in All-Flash nodes."
"What I did not like so much was the amount of VMware that you have to put in your system related to the VxRail."
"The solution could improve by having more storage performance because in some other solutions you can have a file system that can be mounted at several places at one time."
"In the version that I was working with, the integrations are in need of improvement."
"The product could support and have more compliance with other vendors."
"Its price needs to be improved. It is very expensive. NSX should be licensed together. It will make the network virtualization layer more usable. It would be better if they come together in a bundle, not separately."
"Troubleshooting can be a little more difficult than legacy systems."
"There is a limitation on the number of nodes."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable."
"The solution is very expensive."
"The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap."
"We made a one-time purchase of the solution and the price is expensive."
"The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy."
"The solution is priced well for businesses."
"The price could be lower."
"VxRail is quite expensive and could be cheaper. I would say that the main difference between VxRail and the competition is cost. There may be some differences in features, but I would say that it's mainly the costs."
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.
VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.
VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured, pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory.
VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance.
VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box.
If you know VMware, you know VxRail.
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Reviews from Real Users
VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."
VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…”
VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.”
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Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 50 reviews. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.0, while VxRail is rated 8.6. 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 VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE SimpliVity, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Dell EMC PowerFlex and Veeam Backup & Replication.
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