We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."
"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."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The interface is very user-friendly."
"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 Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features."
"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."
"This product has very good performance when it comes to virtualization storage and works well with solutions such as SAP HANA, Exadata, Hadoop, and Big Data Analytics."
"It easily integrates with all types of storage."
"It is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more."
"This solution has a dashboard that you can log into and control if you need too while the VM is getting created."
"We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios."
"Good performance, reliable and agile."
"It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage."
"We find it easy to deliver this solution."
"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."
"The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs."
"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."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"Having more support plan options would be nice."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"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."
"Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux."
"Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like."
"The error reporting needs to be improved."
"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."
"Because of virtual storage, the system reaches reserve storage for its functions. It also consumes a certain amount of storage, which then results in the creation of a fault tolerance for the system. All of this adds to a lot of capacity being consumed in terms of storage for each drive for vSan. I find this to be one drawback of using vSan."
"Hardware load balancing is available on the enterprise version of the solution, however, it's extremely expensive and therefore out of our budget."
"Licensing costs are a little too high for smaller sized companies."
"We would like to see even more storage capacity."
"There is always a challenge with their firmware."
"The stability needs to be improved."
"The solution could be improved by having more filtered and multiple view volumes instead of a single view."
"The only negative point relates to the licensing. If you want multiple, different servers, it costs money, but you have all the capacity for vSAN. You do not reach the data, but the processor arrays and the current architecture."
"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."
"I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"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."
"The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive."
"The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products."
"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."
"It is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features."
"We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually."
"It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig."
"It is expensive. It should be cheaper. It has a perpetual license as well as a subscription-based license, but they are moving towards subscription-based licenses."
"ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface."
"I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license."
"The price is okay."
"The price is expensive."
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.
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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Sangfor HCI is ranked 23rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Sangfor HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and StorMagic SvSAN, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Gluster Storage. See our Sangfor HCI vs. VMware vSAN report.
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