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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.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""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.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""It is extremely stable.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"The most valuable feature is the visual encoding."

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"One beneficial feature is that the solution can handle complex environments.""I have found that the admin deployment, monitoring off-premises, and the many services important features. Additionally, the solution has good integration.""The most valuable features are ease of management and ease of applying updates.""The support has been excellent, especially if you compare it to IBM.""VxRail has improved out organization because we are trying to be a little more proactive and elastic. We are trying to change our conventional approach to development.""VxRail's technical support is very good.""Initial setup is straightforward, as everything is pre-installed.""Dell owns the EMC, EMC owns VMware, and there are many other interconnections throughout the industry which allows a fully integrated solution from a technical perspective."

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Cons
"StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""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."

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"Snapshot notification would be a good addition."

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"The product could support and have more compliance with other vendors.""Pricing could be improved.""VxRail could be easier to set up. It's tricky to configure the network properly and match the requirements.""It's not really flexible with different use cases.""The licensing is a bit too costly.""The solution is okay to scale vertically but a bit difficult to expend horizontally. For example, increasing RAM.""The licensing needs to be improved upon.""VxRail is a closed system with an out-of-the -box solution approach, it has basic 3 layers, Hardware, Network, Storage, Software, (Virtualizing) Applications. Release notes and improvement tips, patches from the back office, the business units, should be frequent and up to the patches which are coming from different vendors as far as the operating system application and also the technology itself is concerned."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""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.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."

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"Our fees are approximately $100,000 yearly."

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"VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either.""The licensing aspect is the most painful for some of our customers. Customers go for a VMware license that's standard and then they find they have to go with the enterprise solution and adjust the license. If you have a limited budget, that's difficult.""The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap.""VxRail is quite expensive and could be cheaper. I would say that the main difference between VxRail and the competition is cost. There may be some differences in features, but I would say that it's mainly the costs.""I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable.""The price is rather on the high side.""The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy.""It's a mandatory cost with everything included"

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Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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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.

Pivot3 improves the simplicity and economics of the enterprise data-center with industry-leading hyper-converged infrastructure technology. By combining storage, compute, networking and virtualization on commodity hardware, Pivot3 provides software-defined platforms that let IT run multiple, mixed application workloads on a single infrastructure while guaranteeing performance to the applications that matter most. Pivot3’s agile infrastructure solutions extend performance, scale and efficiency across more of the data-center so customers can keep pace with the demands of modern business.

VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.

VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured,  pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory. 

VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance. 

VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box. 

If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

VxRail Features and Benefits

  • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
  • Fast data center modernization
  • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
  • Powerful performance and reliability
  • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
  • Excellent integration 
  • Save time
  • Reduce costs

Reviews from Real Users

VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."

VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…

VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.” 

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
SNHMC, HPD Software, The Hurlingham Club, NHS, Rochester Police Department, The Doe Run Company, 101 Casino, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider7%
Healthcare Company6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise37%
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Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise64%
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Pivot3 is ranked 23rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VxRail is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 51 reviews. Pivot3 is rated 8.0, while VxRail is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Pivot3 writes "Stable, good technical support, and the the visual encoding works well ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". Pivot3 is most compared with Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSAN, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, Dell EMC PowerFlex and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series.

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