Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] vs Dell vSAN Ready Nodes comparison

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Categories and Ranking

StarWind Virtual SAN
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Average Rating
9.6
Number of Reviews
183
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st), HCI (4th)
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [...
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
90
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
Average Rating
8.6
Number of Reviews
14
Ranking in other categories
HCI (12th)
 

Market share comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the market share of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3% and it increased by 63.3% compared to the previous year. The market share of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] is 3.0% and it decreased by 54.8% compared to the previous year. The market share of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is 2.3% and it decreased by 33.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
HCI
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Software Defined Storage (SDS)
11.2%
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Featured Reviews

Ahmed Hosni - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 24, 2024
Provides a cost-effective way to run an HCI storage platform for almost any hypervisor
You can maintain and update it with little to no fuss, even the free version is incredibly capable whilst it brings the cost of a Highly Available HCI solution down to a very cost-effective point. Having used Starwind Virtual SAN for many years both for clients and for internal systems, it has always done exactly what it set out to do. It provides a cost-effective way to run an HCI storage platform for almost any hypervisor, but it is most effective with Hyper-V. It's simple and easy to use, The software monitoring should be web-based to be reachable from any VLAN workstation.
LG
Apr 13, 2023
Works faster and is flexible to use
We use the solution to combine and migrate regular servers to a hyper-converged infrastructure The solution works faster and is easy to use than any regular system. Also, its fabric interconnect provides flexibility for the system to scale up. The solution's most valuable feature is the high…
MM
Dec 18, 2020
Excellent support, with a good set of management and administration tools
Using this product has reduced our management and administration requirements The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available. The support that I get from them is good. Integration is good, and we haven't had any issues. The initial setup is slightly complex and could be…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"In our case, the cost and high availability are the two most important factors which we were looking for in a solution."
"StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software."
"The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard."
"Ten gigabit Ethernet compatibility, support, ease of use, and management are some positive features."
"The ability to keep data accessible even in the event of hardware failures is highly valued, as it ensures business continuity."
"The StarWind tech support is extremely helpful, especially during the initial setup."
"I like StarWind's high availability. The failover is almost immediate, so the end users have no idea the guest VM moved at all. We can failover all guest VMs onto a single hypervisor, place it into maintenance mode, install updates, and reboot a hypervisor all during the daytime and remotely, with confidence the process will be successful."
"It has allowed us to save a lot of time and money by letting us create a vSAN within a Windows VM on the environment it controls."
"The product is stable. No one complains about the stability, which is fabulous."
"The storage system is its most valuable feature. It has eliminated our entire need for having to worry about storage. We were storing a lot of syslog data and using a lot of templates in our data center. With the storage system, we are now saving an enormous amount of space."
"The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance."
"It is scalable and easy to use."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is the integration with everything in a much smoother, such as in physical and virtual environments. VMware NSX is a simpler solution but, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is more robust compared to VMware NSX."
"The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."
"It is a stable and scalable solution."
"If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and stability."
"The product is useful for DR and other things."
"The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is file sharing."
"The tool's most valuable feature is high availability."
"It is easy to install."
"The solution immediately expands storage area when you add nodes."
"I have found the most important features of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the capacity to manage the storage because the storage is built in the servers. The type of profiles you can attribute to the storage is a benefit. You can manage the storage by profiles. Overall the solution is a good speed and performance."
"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
 

Cons

"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive."
"I would like to see more advanced free versions."
"The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated."
"Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment."
"If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume."
"I would say that the documentation is mostly great, however, some features could be expanded upon a bit."
"Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet."
"Geolocation could be better, for example, for site mirroring for DR purposes."
"If we compare it with VMware, the VMware product is basically very open, and it can be easily integrated with any platform. VMware product is also available on the cloud and is not an appliance-based product, whereas Cisco HyperFlex is an appliance-based product. Companies that want to use HCI as a platform or as a service would prefer something without an appliance. A SaaS-based product is better for a customer who is using the cloud and has multiple resources, workflows, and devices on the cloud and wants to go for a hyper-converged solution. This is where improvement is needed. In addition to an appliance-based product, Cisco should provide a SaaS-based product. Its price should be lower. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Its price is a big road blocker when competing against Nutanix and VMware, which are its main competitors."
"The initial setup can be a bit complex."
"Deployment on-prem was quite difficult."
"The price could be better. I think it's more expensive than VxRail. In the next release, I would like to see a better level of protection and availability with six clients."
"I have been receiving a memory overflow message every day when I use the solution."
"We had a bit of complexity to think about how to migrate our legacy infrastructure into Cisco HyperFlex."
"Lacks easy integration with other vendors."
"Its price could be better."
"The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could be lowered."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes must be flexible since it is complex in designing concepts. It needs to improve stability. The product should integrate with the public cloud."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes' deployment is complex."
"The solution doesn't scale."
"Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is a great hyper-converged system that is a perfect platform for supporting any kind of workload. The only workload that it's not designed to support is big data."
"The power switch on the hardware is located in a poor location where it can accidentally be pushed. In an update, they should solve this issue so people do not push it accidentally to have their service go down. A possible solution is the switch should be inside."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"The Price/Performance ratio for this solution is outstanding!"
"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The pricing is a bit expensive."
"We negotiated with Cisco and we got some price benefit from that."
"Its price is high. Cisco needs to work on the pricing model for this product. Nutanix or VMware are cheaper products, and they provide almost the same functionality. Its price is a big road blocker when we are working with an end customer, and Nutanix and VMware are in competition. If they can reduce its price, it is actually a better choice for customers."
"It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper."
"Initially HyperFlex was a little costly, it was higher, but Cisco wanted to get into our company, so they gave us a fair discount."
"Comparable solutions with switches, storage, and services are cheaper than HyperFlex. It should be cheaper."
"The product could be cheaper."
"I would like the pricing to be cheaper."
"The price of the solution was reasonable."
"My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive."
"Comparing the price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes to other solutions it is not expensive."
"The tool's pricing is competitive compared to others. The tool's licensing is based on annual subscriptions."
"We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
18%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Government
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Computer Software Company
25%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Computer Software Company
16%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Financial Services Firm
7%
 

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combin...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. Du...
How do I choose between Cisco Hyperflex HX Series and Nutanix Acropolis AOS?
Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions from ...
How does VxRail compare with Cisco HyperFlex HX Series?
VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company ...
What do you like most about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive.
What needs improvement with Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could b...
 

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Sample Customers

Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City Harvest
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