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"It's quite easy to install.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""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.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer.""The solution is stable.""It is a complete package. For any kind of on-premises hyper-converged solution, we usually have to separate networks, but Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is a complete solution. It has its own network and storage. The storage part is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect.""Overall, the solution is extremely easy, flexible and secure.""The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware.""The scalability of the product is quite good overall - as long as you plan correctly from the outset.""The management feature is the solution's most valuable aspect."

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"The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""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""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""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."

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"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud.""I would rate the installation of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series an eight out of ten. It can be complex.""I have been receiving a memory overflow message every day when I use the solution.""With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down.""There should be the opportunity to create more than one div group""Its price could be better.""Cisco HyperFlex should decrease the amount of memory needed from the Controller VM that controls the physical discs. They control the discs by using the virtual VM over every ESXi host and the VM consumes memory and consumes more hardware resources. They have to improve that by decreasing the amount of required memory and CPUs to control this disc on the server.""When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."

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"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash.""The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment."

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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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  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "The licensing fees are renewed annually."
  • "Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."
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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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    The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you… more »
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    Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
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    Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to… 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.

    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

    NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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
    American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Non Profit6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Transportation Company18%
    Pharma/Biotech Company12%
    Insurance Company12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business4%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 16 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "An all-in-one option that is stable and offers good management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. NetApp HCI report.

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