We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."
"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."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"It is extremely stable."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"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."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"One of the most valuable features is the One-Click Upgrade. When I need to update the system, I do it with one click. This product is amazing because everything is easy to manage, from network management to snapshots."
"The initial setup is straightforward."
"I definitely find the reduced power consumption very valuable. Another aspect I really like, when one compares Citrix to VMware, is the interface where you talk directly to your VM from the present software."
"It is all-in-one. The compute processing, storage, and network altogether make it convenient. We don't have to have different modules for expansion."
"The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool."
"Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."
"One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage."
"We are happy with Proxmox VE. We use it as part of a cluster."
"Less infrastructure required; simple to use."
"It has a good performance and you can cluster it."
"Proxmox is free, very stable, and doesn't require more resources for memory RAM. It's fine for a small data center."
"The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment."
"It fits in well with our organization. It works and does what it says it does."
"The solution is extremely scalable."
"There are many features included with Proxmox."
"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."
"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"
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"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."
"Updating the software can be a bit tricky."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"The patch updates of Nutanix Acropolis could be improved. I'm work on the corporate side, but I get feedback from our IT team that patch updates and other updates are taking a significantly longer time. This definitely needs to be resolved. We are in discussion with Nutanix regarding certain configuration issues we are having, so maybe something can be changed to ease these patch updates."
"It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others."
"In the licensing, it needs to be clear about features because it is not clear whether Flow is integrated or not."
"The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release."
"We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved."
"To have internal stability, we needed to network the solution ourselves. Performance depends on the application. Performance could be the lack of IOPS, memory and CPU and configuration issues."
"In the future, I would like to see integration with external storage using the fiber channel"
"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."
"The only disadvantage of Proxmox VE is that it is a young solution so it does have some bugs."
"We have only command lines for a management application to remove sites. The solution needs a proper GUI."
"Its performance and support can be improved. Currently, there is a cost for support."
"There are some things that need to be done using the command-line interface, and these should be moved into the web-based interface."
"The facility of deployment is an area that needs to improve."
"The product is still a little young so it is maturing, but new features are coming out all the time."
"The availability of the solution could be a bit better."
"One issue with Proxmox is that some processes are not automatic. For some processes, you have to do it manually by command line."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"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."
"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."
"The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
"We got the renewal done recently, and there was no cost involved."
"My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
"AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
"The pricing is quite good in comparison with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Scale, and even traditional architecture."
"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."
"I am not aware of the licensing cost, but there is a cost for support."
"The only thing you pay for is support and it is between $2,500 and $3,000 a year. It depends on the support plan you choose. Support is optional."
"Proxmox is free."
"It's an open-source solution that can be used free of cost."
"Zero - this is a free solution."
"Because I'm using Proxmox VE for personal use and it's an AGPL license project, I can use it at home for free."
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.
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.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews while Proxmox VE is ranked 2nd in Server Virtualization Software with 17 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Proxmox VE is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Proxmox VE writes "Rivaling the stiffest and competition in its category this solution suffers only from being young". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas Proxmox VE is most compared with Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere and VMware Workstation.
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