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Pros
"StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""It is extremely stable.""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.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."

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"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.""It's easy to use and has a very smooth onboarding process.""In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged.""It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets.""In the world of IT operations, there is a lot of noise. Traditionally, systems would generate a great deal of alerts, events, and notifications, often leading to the operator either a) not seeing critical alerts since they are lost in the noise or b) disregarding the alerts/events.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is flexible and has helped people to work from home during the pandemic.""It is 100% stable. It's the most stable infrastructure that we have."

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"It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.""I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.""The most valuable feature is the performance, as well as how you manage performance on the system.""The dashboard is such that you don't need to be a storage expert to administer it.""SolidFire provides seamless performance across your storage system when you need to scale up. Other storage systems do not do that.""The system efficiency is excellent overall."

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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).""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""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.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""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."

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"USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix.""In the licensing, it needs to be clear about features because it is not clear whether Flow is integrated or not.""There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element.""There is room to enhance the micro-segmentation.""While the customer support is truly incredible, for Spanish speakers it would be appropriate to have support in their native language to further improve problem-solving conditions.""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.""The self-service side of the product needs to be improved. We should be able to add two-factor authentication and more security layers to it.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future."

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"The inclusion of more protocols and interfaces would make it easier to integrate with other products.""The upgrade process could be better.""You don't have business continuity with SolidFire. I think it could be a nice feature to have in the future.""The technical support is really bad and has to be improved.""SolidFire should start from two nodes instead of the four nodes. That's the only thing. In a lot of solutions, we have to use four nodes, that's the better thing. But as a starting point, two is better. That's why their starting point is expensive.""The user interface needs to be improved. Much of the client feedback involves comments such as "Oh, it's hard to navigate through.""

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""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.""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 was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."

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"When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable.""This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions.""My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it.""The pricing is quite good in comparison with HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Scale, and even traditional architecture.""There is a license required for this solution and my clients usually purchase a two-year license with extended support. The price of the solution could be reduced, it is more expensive than competitors.""The cost of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is reasonable.""Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that.""The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."

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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 »
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Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
Top Answer: It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.
Top Answer: While I don't know specifics about the licensing costs or procedures, my understanding it's comparable to other… more »
Top Answer: We have had some issues with it scaling as high as the marketing says it can. We've got some very large clusters of up… 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

SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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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.
California Public Utilities Commission, RFA, 1&1, Ultimate Software , Endicia, ezVerify, MercadoLibre, Sungard Availability Services, ServInt, Elastx, Hosted Network, Colt, Crucial, iWeb, Datapipe, Databarracks
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Retailer27%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
Transportation Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise34%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise58%
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews while SolidFire is ranked 19th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while SolidFire is rated 8.2. 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 SolidFire writes "Simple to deploy and has good stability ". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas SolidFire is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), VMware vSAN, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT and HPE 3PAR StoreServ.

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