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Pros
"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.""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.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."

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"It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise.""The solution is scalable.""The technical support is exceptionally good.""There is no single feature that's the most valuable. All of SimpliVity's components work together to make daily operations easier for our customers.""Up scaling is very possible, and at any time it is scalable.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The initial setup was straightforward.""It is easy to set up."

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"The most valuable feature is the customization. With the customization you can really give the customers what they want."

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Cons
"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.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""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.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""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""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.""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.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."

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"It would be better if it could integrate more easily with other vendors.""They could have better-specialized support for more countries.""It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""Its performance can be faster.""HPE SimpliVity should cost less.""I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system.""The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf."

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"The line migration is a problem."

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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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  • "It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
  • "It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
  • "We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software."
  • "The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
  • "The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us."
  • "The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes."
  • "The product is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
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    The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use.
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    The cost of this product is high, so some customers may be better off building their own system or buying their own… 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.

    HPE SimpliVity provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centers and delivering up to 49% cost savings verses public cloud alternatives. A market and customer satisfaction leader, HPE SimpliVity dramatically simplifies IT by combining all infrastructure and advanced data services—including guaranteed data efficiency, built-in data protection, and VM-centric mobility—onto the customer’s choice of server. With HPE SimpliVity, expand your possibilities, not your data center.

    OpenStack is an open and scalable cloud operating system for building public and private clouds. It provides both large and small organizations an alternative to closed cloud environments, reducing the risk of lock-in associated with proprietary platforms.
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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
    X.commerce
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Retailer8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Government7%
    Media Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 50 reviews while Rackspace OpenStack is ranked 5th in Converged Infrastructure with 1 review. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while Rackspace OpenStack is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "Phenomenal deduplication and compression, good support, and works on its own". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rackspace OpenStack writes "Highly customizable private cloud solution". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas Rackspace OpenStack is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Dell PowerEdge VRTX.

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