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Pros
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"The consolidation of the management in one control point is the most valuable. The whole infrastructure management is consolidated in just one console point. The documentation is also pretty good.""It is stable and scalable.""I like that you can add other types of services.""Both the scalability and stability of this solution are excellent.""The most useful feature is the solution's automation in terms of how we are able to spin up a certain workload in real-time when we are doing R&D."

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"Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues.""The most valuable features are productivity and data storage.""vSAN is very integrated.""If we decide to expand, vSAN could offer us some flexibility. We are researching ways to set this up from a new data center, which is located somewhere different from the current location right now.""VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products.""Provides good performance as well as integration with deployment tools.""The solution is quite stable.""The solution is simple to use compared to other solutions, such as Hyperflex, VxRail, and Nutanix"

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Cons
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient.""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 see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""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.""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."

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"The licensing policy needs to be improved. They have a licensing policy based on the number of CPU sockets. Nowadays what has happened is that the license they are trying to move is based on the number of CPU cores. With the advancement in technology there are now more cores in a single CPU. It's been very challenging in terms of managing the license around everything. Today we have a processor with 24 and 32 cores on the same physical CPU.""The cloud deployment could be improved.""It is not user-friendly, and it is very difficult to operate. You have to have a deep understanding of the technical details of the infrastructure to implement it. When you compare it with VMware, it is totally different because the graphical user interface is not that easy to understand. It is not intuitive. To use it, you have to read a lot of documentation and even understand what is going on behind the solution. It is not for someone who has a little bit of knowledge. Currently, it is too complex. I need something that is easy to implement. It should have a basic configuration as well as a complex configuration.""It should be more user-friendly, in my opinion.""The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier to use and manage. The professional service for this solution is quite complex and expensive."

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"Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.""This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.""They should provide Deduplication and Compression over the hybrid drives.""If the support could be provided more quickly, it would be very helpful.""Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64. In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces.""The ability to access SAN environments with fiber channels (or even NVMe) would be a good addition.""In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.""They can improve the manageability of the solution to make it more simple. It is not that complicated, but it will be good if they can make it more simple."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."

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"Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is an open-sourced, low-cost solution with full features.""It is quite pricey."

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"We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually.""It is too expensive.""This solution requires the purchase of a license.""The licensing cost is high and should be taken into account.""It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig.""The price is okay.""Every product is licensed with full support for a certain number of years. The licensing could be cheaper.""VMware vSAN is a little bit expensive and we pay annually. We have an educational institute where we receive discount prices from VMware. We do receive a reasonable discount but it's still expensive."

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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: The main issue is the initial investment. It is an expensive product, and it should be cheaper. It should also be easier… more »
Top Answer: It has storage and Hypervisor from Red Hat. It is used for computing and the virtualization workload for databases and… more »
Top Answer: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… 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: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… 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.

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
Construction Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company34%
Manufacturing Company5%
Non Profit3%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Small Business14%
Large Enterprise86%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 15th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 8.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Stable and scalable with good automation capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with Sangfor HCI, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Gluster Storage. See our Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs. VMware vSAN report.

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