We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE StoreVirtual based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, Dell Technologies, VMware and others in HCI.
"The ROI is great on this product."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"I've had to open a few support cases over the years due to administrator errors, and the support received was top-notch."
"The installation of StarWind Virtual SAN was pretty easy, and the configuration was done in no time."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"The install itself is easy as pie."
"It integrates (fully) with VMware and Veeam, my hypervisor, and backup vendors, so for me, all the puzzle pieces simply fit and work smoothly."
"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."
"The initial setup is very straightforward."
"The solution is stable."
"The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset."
"The solution scales extremely well."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes."
"The technical support has been very good for this solution."
"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."
"Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively."
"A company can scale it easily."
"They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network."
"They need to invest more in the support documents for real issues happening when integrating the solution with the hypervisor."
"The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers."
"We ran into an issue with alerts."
"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."
"A better overall view of the different deployments could be beneficial, although this is difficult due to how flexible the solution is."
"A central management console may be nice to see all nodes."
"I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."
"Unlike other options, you need to pay a subscription to Cisco yearly instead of paying for the hardware outright, which makes it more expensive in the long run."
"Does not support the stretch cluster, and the interface is not good."
"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."
"Lacks easy integration with other vendors."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"We need to be able to scale out and not just up. When you want to scale up or scale out, you are quite limited."
"One of the biggest problems with HyperFlex HX is that if you want to adjust your solution in terms of processing power, memory, or disk capacity, you have to buy completely new hosts. From a financial perspective, it can be very expensive to do so, and from a legal perspective, there are all kinds of compliance issues we would have to sort out before buying any new solution or application."
"HyperFlex could be improved by reducing the minimum number of nodes supported from three to two."
"The GUI is a bit old-fashioned. It should be updated."
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:
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 8th in HCI with 29 reviews while HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 12th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while HPE StoreVirtual is rated 8.0. 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 HPE StoreVirtual writes "Reliable with helpful support and good replication". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and Sangfor HCI, whereas HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and IBM Spectrum Scale.
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