We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and StarWind Virtual SAN 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.
"The solution scales extremely well."
"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 initial setup is very straightforward."
"Great integration with backup software."
"It is a stable and scalable solution."
"It is a stable solution...It is a scalable solution."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes."
"We are providing this solution for the customer or converting the customer from a traditional environment to a hyper-converged environment which consolidates all management and support on a single port. This is the main benefit of using the hyper-converged versus the traditional."
"The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently."
"The install itself is easy as pie."
"StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance."
"StarWind vSAN is easy to deploy and administer."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"The product gave us a cost-effective way to deploy a highly available server environment."
"The ability to run a two-node cluster without a dedicated witness has made this an excellent product for small deployments, which is right on target for our needs in regional offices."
"The instant failover, with vSAN copying data to the second node, allowed for the continuous availability of our applications."
"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."
"It would have been nice if the product provided some cloud integrations."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series could improve by having the documents be more readily available and the support could be more flexible."
"The solution's price could be affordable."
"The product does not have a cloud version...The product should be made more flexible in terms of integration capabilities."
"Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved."
"The initial setup can be complex."
"Lacks easy integration with other vendors."
"I wish they would improve the documentation for the beginner level as it's not very clear on the web page."
"I would like them to invest time in reducing the complexity of the startup and shutdown procedure."
"vSAN's free version does not have a graphical user interface."
"An extended trial period would serve as a way to get clean insights into the technology's adaptability and alignment with their specific needs before committing to long-term integration."
"I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards in future versions."
"Scaling the product is fairly easy except for the computing aspect. It would entail another appliance. While not a show stopper, it isn't as easy as dropping in a few extra SSDs."
"We have, in rare cases, received conflicting guidance between different support folks within StarWind."
"To enable the proactive support capability that is part of our support agreement, I would ask that the terms and conditions be revised and made acceptable to corporate security."
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:
StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in HCI with 24 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in HCI with 98 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StorMagic SvSAN and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.
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