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"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""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.""It's quite easy to install."

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"We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."

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"The pricing of the solution is excellent. It's one of the main reasons a customer chooses Huawei. It's much, much better than VMware.""The solution is stable and everything is taken care of through the Huawei support center. They ensure everything is running smoothly. It's been very good."

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"There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""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.""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.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."

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"We've had some issues around the licensing.""The installation is complex."

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"t would be helpful if the solution was able to collaborate or integrate with other well-known monitoring tools. Right now, you have to work hard to get it configured. It would be a good selling point for them if they could open up their solution to more integrations.""Technical support needs improvement. There's a lot of language barriers."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "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 seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
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    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    We've had no issues with scaling the solution.
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    They need to offer some flexibility in terms of the licensing of the VMware component along with the solution.
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    Also Known As
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
    FusionCube 6000, FusionCube 6000C, FusionCube 2000, FusionCube Virtual SAN-Ready Nodes
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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.

    VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

    The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

    Huawei FusionCube is a hyper-converged infrastructure, which consists of computing, storage, network, virtualization, and management systems.

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    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
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    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider43%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Cloud Provider6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure writes "Good functionality and pricing but needs better security". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Sangfor HCI and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Dell EMC PowerFlex vs. Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure report.

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