"Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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."
"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."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features."
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"The technology of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is the most valuable feature. You don't need multiple screens to manage."
"Ability to create multiple VMs."
"Hyperconvergence enables one administrator to manage everything through one dashboard."
"The initial setup was quite straightforward."
"The most valuable feature is Move, which allows you to migrate virtual machines from VM to AHV."
"It has a user-friendly dashboard and interface."
"The maintenance software is straightforward because you do not need to do any configuration."
"One of the main features of the solution is that it works on many hypervisors. It is a big advantage. Additionally, the solution is compatible with VMware and Hyper-V, and the management interface, which is called Prism, is very intuitive and user-friendly."
"I can control and manage everything. I know everything that's cooking inside. This is the best part for me."
"It is very stable."
"There aren't any bugs on the solution."
"This solution is very stable. Much more so than similar products."
"It is easy to deal with when comes to application migration and its compatibility with the multiple component applications."
"The solution makes migration easy."
"The solution is overall very good with all the facilities. It is user friendly, easy to configure, has documentation, and support is available."
"What they provide is way beyond the essential requirements of customers."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"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."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"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."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"We did have some integration issues."
"I'm not very technical, so I don't know if there are any features that are really lacking. Our customers seem pleased with it, and I haven't heard of any downsides."
"USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix."
"One disadvantage of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is it doesn't support external storage. Connecting external SAN storage to Nutanix, it's not supported."
"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."
"There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution."
"The only problem is that not many operating systems are supported on the AOS hypervisor. They need to probably increase the support on multiple operating systems. As of now, a very limited number of operating systems and patch levels are supported on AOS."
"The documentation is not as good as it should be."
"In comparison to VMware, this solution isn't as stable. We're testing it right now, and we're not trusting the stability of the product."
"The availability of technical expertise with the solution may be limited in some areas."
"We hope that Red Hat can produce a paradigm edition. We are looking for paradigm computing and paradigm storage. Its scalability can be improved. It is not easy to scale, and we hope that Red Hat can provide a more scalable system. They should also provide local service and support. Our customers are looking for a good software vendor to provide professional services."
"This solution could be more secure."
"Red Hat by itself is not scalable. But you can have third party add-ons like Ceph to make it massively scalable."
"Customers are not aware of this solution, they can improve by providing more awareness and solution availability."
"We'd like it if it would be possible on Red Hat Virtualization to possibly connect two or three VMs to the same disk."
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.
For more information visit: www.nutanix.com.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, or RHEV, is a leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution. This solution supports virtualization of servers and desktops using the same infrastructure and a single easy-to-use interface.
Because RHEV is based on open standards, it is vendor-independent and a lot more cost effective and flexible than proprietary solutions.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 73 reviews while RHEV is ranked 8th in Server Virtualization Software with 10 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.6, while RHEV is rated 8.4. 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 RHEV writes "The versatility and compatability of this virtualization solution are marred by the lack of availability of local support". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas RHEV is most compared with KVM, VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE and Oracle VM.
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