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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Sangfor HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""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.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""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."

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"One of the most valuable features is how well this solution performs. It's stable, aside from some patch issues, but it's great from a virtualization and scalability perspective.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is flexible and has helped people to work from home during the pandemic.""In terms of scalability, adding a number of nodes, I find that it will not be any issues.""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.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix.""Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple.""Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."

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"I would rate the user-friendliness an eight out of ten.""Sangfor has many solutions, and you can easily manage their machine servers with just one management. They're always striving for greatness, and they continuously update their products. For example, they have now built endpoint security within the firewall. They are continuously improving not only the security but also all other products.""The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.""It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything.""The interface is very user-friendly."

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Cons
"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.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."

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"There is room to enhance the micro-segmentation.""We did have some integration issues.""The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve.""It would be ideal if it was more secure.""Some clients find the solution's cost to be too high.""I think some of the tasks that must be done using CLI could be added to the web interface.""The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release.""It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them."

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"Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like.""As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security.""Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.""The error reporting needs to be improved.""It can have more compatibility and new features. I would also like to see better performance. Some of the other HCI solutions already provide the SSD and flash storage and much higher Intel processors. Sangfor HCI can improve on that."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""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.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."

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"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.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""The pricing of Nutanix is not cheap but there are options available.""The price of the solution is high.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""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.""Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."

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"The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive.""It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.""The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products.""Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list. You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer: The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.
Top Answer: It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty… more »
Top Answer: Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating… more »
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Overview

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

Sangfor HCI consolidates traditional hardware-appliance-based security, IP network, storage network, server and storage into one tier of commodity hardware (x86 server), forming a standardized HCI unit. By building IT infrastructure with a standardized HCI vendor and realizing visible, centralized operation & management via a unified WEB platform, users can enjoy an ultra-simplified, on-demand IT framework that is evolvable. Enquire today to find out more about cloud data storage and other solutions.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
TOSHIBA TEC Singapore, J&T Express Indonesia, Crowne Plaza Vietnam, Hermina Hospital Indonesia
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm5%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Sangfor HCI and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews while Sangfor HCI is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6. 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 Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Red Hat Ceph Storage, whereas Sangfor HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and QCT. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Sangfor HCI report.

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