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We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two HCI solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Pros
"Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""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.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently.""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.""StarWind Virtual SAN is a highly flexible solution, as it can be deployed on physical servers or on top of virtual machines running on hypervisors such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.""Having the ability to migrate machines live in our environment was made possible by this software."

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"It is very scalable. It is also very secure. Cisco's security portfolio is integrated with it, which makes it secure. It is a platform-based device. Its performance is also fairly good in comparison to any other solution.""Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively.""The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""It's very easy to integrate with the ACI network.""Great integration with backup software.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure.""It is helpful as a backup solution."

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"The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is file sharing.""We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.""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 of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is the flexibility of the nodes. Additionally, if there are any critical issues they update us through emails. The issues are taken care of remotely on the system.""They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth.""The solution immediately expands storage area when you add nodes.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"

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Cons
"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.""It would be good to have a little more access to control certain aspects within the UI.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""The most disappointing side of the application is the free edition. There used to be GUI attached. That has recently changed to only CLI management of the application.""I would like to see more advanced free versions.""Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility.""The configuration can a bit cumbersome."

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"The utilization needs to be better. It needs more options.""The problem is that we always have to keep an eye out for new releases to make sure that the version we're running is up-to-date.""When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better.""Lacks easy integration with other vendors.""The initial setup can be complex.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""The initial setup can be complex.""They should give us a little more information about how to use the CLI and offer more commands."

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"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.""The Dell VxRail solution is based on vSAN Ready Nodes, but the Dell VxRail is fully automated. It would be helpful if this automation feature could be added to the Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. For example, we need to install VMware ESXi, and manually expand the cluster.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified.""Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage.""The solution should provide daily task alerts for data recovery maintenance, usage, and other instructions to ensure the systems are in a good status.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
  • "StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
  • "The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
  • "This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
  • "We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
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  • "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."
  • "We are on an annual subscription and the price is fair."
  • "The licensing is perpetual and the only thing that you may need to pay for on a monthly basis is if you're going to use their cloud-based management features."
  • "HyperFlex is a little pricey."
  • "There is a license required to use this solution."
  • "There is no additional licensing cost other than the cost for each part."
  • "HyperFlex is relatively expensive, but you get good value for money."
  • "There is a 30 percent additional premium that all the companies are charging for Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series because of the lack of chips and bottlenecks in the market. The cost of the solution is high right now."
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  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
  • "The price of the solution was reasonable."
  • "We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
  • "Comparing the price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes to other solutions it is not expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    Top Answer:VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to… more »
    Top Answer:When we negotiated with Cisco for the HyperFlex solution, they gave us a good price because they wanted to break into… more »
    Top Answer:They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads… more »
    Top Answer:There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure. The issue comes down to affordability relative… more »
    Top Answer:They have to be more compatible. When you are looking at Nutanix versus vSan with VMware, the operating system licenses… more »
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    vSAN 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.

    The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:

    • Enterprise-class data management
    • Continuous data optimization
    • Securely encrypted storage
    • Dynamic data placement
    • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
    • Linear and incremental scaling
    • API-based data platform architecture
    • A simplified approach

    Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
    risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
    , and can help
    you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
    expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
    way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.

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    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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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company13%
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    Computer Software Company22%
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    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise16%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 30 reviews while Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 10th in HCI with 7 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "High performance solution that makes it easy to efficiently manage VM resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes writes "Useful file sharing, simple setup, and scalable". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE Hyper Converged and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI). See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes report.

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