We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"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 typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations."
"StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage."
"Everything is core centralized on the UI."
"The most valuable features are simple management and one-click upgrades."
"The initial setup is straightforward."
"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."
"The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix."
"Technical support is okay."
"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 initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"The solution is scalable."
"Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."
"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."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"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 think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"It would be great if they could improve the GUI features."
"One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware."
"Limits on increasing space with the inability to have or attach external storage."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution."
"The productivity and work efficiency of Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve."
"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."
"In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us."
"The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive."
"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node."
"Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
"This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions."
"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."
"Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
"The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
"Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
"We got the renewal done recently, and there was no cost involved."
"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."
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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HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 45 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. 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 Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, NetApp HCI and Sangfor HCI. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.
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