Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] vs HPE SimpliVity comparison


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StarWind Virtual SAN
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Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st), HCI (4th)
Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [...
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HPE SimpliVity
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HCI (5th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3%, up from 1.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series [EOL] is 3.0%, down from 6.6% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of HPE SimpliVity is 8.8%, down from 9.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

kasala - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 7, 2023
Simple with good support and reasonable licensing
The level of confidence and support within the StarWind organization is second to none. The simplicity of scaling the StarWind solution has also been a boon for us. In the past, most solutions relied on a per GB or per TB model while StarWind is a simple licensing structure per node. This has enabled us to scale clients' infrastructure as needed without being concerned about running into an artificial ceiling. When StarWind considered a pricing model change we discussed and worked with them to ensure that the solutions and changes prevented did not have a negative impact. They are a true partner.
Feb 18, 2019
Scalability - adding nodes in a new data center as business divisions shift to it - is key for us
The feature that we are most interested in is the scalability. When needed, we are able to add more nodes and scale it up further. That is the feature which we sought. All three nodes are similar and maintaining paths is easy. Our company has various business divisions. One of the business divisions has shifted to a new location. Other divisions will join in the future. We have started a data center for the first division that shifted, and as and when more divisions join, we'll be adding more nodes. That is the reason we see scalability as an important feature.
May 20, 2021
Quick to backup and transfer, and it is easy to scale
We are resellers. We provide HPE products to our customers. This solution is used with UDI, HCI, the hybrid cloud, Microsoft Azure, and other Microsoft products The most valuable features of this solution are the backup rate and the backup transfer. You don't have to purchase any other licenses…

Quotes from Members

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


"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team."
"StarWind SANs come with outstanding support."
"The ProActive support gives me peace of mind because I am a one man shop, but with the technical support behind me, I feel like more than just one person. We spent two to three hours, depending on what we have to do, always on the phone, and they do not push to end the call."
"Given the high availability of the server cluster, we were able to reduce separate physical servers onto one hyper-converged cluster - this saved in OPEX and CAPEX costs immediately, along with licensing costs of the Windows Server licenses."
"StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."
"StarWind vSAN has a lot of great features and is a perfect solution for mirroring internal disks and flash between servers."
"Immediately we noticed huge performance gains, even on older hardware and once we implemented a 10GB link between both servers, the sync was near-instant after the initial sync was complete."
"The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system.. It saves money in the long-run."
"Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively."
"The ROI we have seen from the high performance that has saved us time and money."
"The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance."
"The product is easy to manage and flexible for upgrading without major changes."
"Deduplication is a valuable feature available in Cisco HyperFlex."
"The workload can handle anything and has an extended capacity."
"On the VDI side, because the storage is local to the HyperFlex, it was very easy and convenient. The performance is exceptional."
"I have saved time and money by moving to the platform."
"The solution is user-friendly."
"Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast."
"The simple management comes in handy since a standard VMware admin can manage it."
"As a point for optimization on our infrastructure, it works great for us."
"SimpliVity's console is useful."
"It has been performing well. It was more than what we expected."
"We can get backups faster. We have a smaller footprint for hardware, which takes up less space. So, we use less electricity and floor space."


"Our company was hoping for deduplication and encryption across HCI. That is currently not supported."
"The only point they should improve is the amount of documentation available for the user, especially in the first preliminary phase in which we were testing the product on our own."
"There should be some kind of active monitoring connected to StarWind vSAN, so you will be able to act when needed."
"If it's possible to make a driver/solution that does not make use of the iSCSI targets of Windows, that would be great. I don't know if that's possible, however, it could make the configuration a little easier."
"I would love to see more vendor selection to be available for the HCA/vSAN appliances."
"The cluster configuration is time-consuming and tedious."
"The number of different ways you can set it up can make it a little daunting."
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"I would like it to be easier to manage the server, create VMs, and manage the VMs on the client."
"Deployment on-prem was quite difficult."
"There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group"
"We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution."
"We would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users."
"I would like a lighter product; something which can be carried by a mere human. The typical size still looks like a stack of data center-sized servers, which is typically fine, but not so good if you want to carry it around."
"The infrastructure team thinks that there are a lot of issues."
"It needs improvements in terms of I/O. Sometimes I have felt it is slightly slow while we are trying to provision VMs or access VMs."
"The upgrades need improvement."
"SimpliVity needs to add support for Hyper-V and KVM."
"Once you select the size of SimpliVity, it could be risky for you to downsize it because you may need maybe to reimplement some things."
"It crashes often. When one particular VM has random, large IOPS requests, it will bog down the node, and there isn't enough time for the replica to be brought up. So all the VMs on that one particular node will essentially become offline."
"There are some small changes that can be made to the interface to improve it but it typically works well."
"SimpliVity needs to improve the support for native backups, like SQL and Exchange."
"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."
"The local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HP doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The licensing is a bit weird. If you license the standard version of StarWind, it allows you four terabytes. Then, they have a pro version, but with the pro version, the only difference is it doubles the terabytes to eight."
"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"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."
"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"The pricing is fine for the work that it does."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
"I would like the pricing to be 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."
"The price is a bit too high."
"For customers in the private sector, this product can have a very high return on investment."
"When we negotiated with Cisco for the HyperFlex solution, they gave us a good price because they wanted to break into the market in Portugal for the first time. However, in general, I think it's a very expensive solution. It's a huge amount of money to acquire this kind of infrastructure."
"Its price is rather fair when compared with other solutions like VxRail, vSAN, and HPE SimpliVity. We got a fair amount of discount from Cisco for Cisco HyperFlex. It is cost-effective. We have renewed storage till next year, and we have already paid the vendor. When we talk about HyperFlex or any HCI solution, storage is the part where we can reduce a lot of costs. At the current moment, we are already using NetApp storage, which did not allow us to go for a full Cisco HyperFlex setup. We are planning to go to a larger scale next year. Then we will be able to see how cost-effective it really is for us."
"There is a license required to use this solution."
"Here in Brazil... it is very expensive. It's very hard for almost all companies to buy even the small version of this solution."
"It's about $10,000 monthly."
"The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
"If we compare the price of HPE SimpliVity with other vendors that are selling the hyper-converged infrastructure, all of them are not cheap and are priced similarly. However, the price we pay and what we receive makes it a good price."
"It seemed like it was expensive at first. Now that I have had it installed for a period of time, I think I got a great deal."
"HPE SimpliVity is much more affordable than Nutanix or VMware vSAN...The first pair of servers was about 90,000 EUR, including three years of warranty. It is 30,000 EUR per year."
"There are additional costs for storage."
"We did get some quotes from Nutanix, and they were ballparks. So, it is not cheap, and there is nothing free, but those two were comparable."
"HPE has decided to sell the solution in all-flash configurations, which may not be as cost effective for smaller mid-market enterprises."
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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 ...
How does HPE Simplivity compare with VMware vSAN?
HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We resea...
What do you like most about HPE SimpliVity?
The solution's technical support is good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for HPE SimpliVity?
HPE said that my company could use SimpliVity with VMware licenses, but HPE recommends that we separate it from the v...

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StarWind SAN & NAS
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