Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs StorMagic SvSAN comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and StorMagic SvSAN 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.
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"It has allowed us to save a lot of time and money by letting us create a vSAN within a Windows VM on the environment it controls.""I save both physical and virtual space.""The install itself is easy as pie.""The product only requires two VMWare ESXi host servers versus three host servers for VMware's comparable solution.""The support has been amazing and quick to reply.""Support keeps track of alerts of the system and verifies with us if we need help to fix any issues. They have great and quick technical support.""It enables us to provide more solution options for our clients, with the reassurance that, when implemented, they will be efficient and stable.""The performance of the solution is accurate and concise."

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"I like Cisco Intersight.""It's easy to get the tool started.""Cisco offers very good quality.""Offers very good data protection and provides system uptime availability effectively.""The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance.""The most valuable feature is full integration with Cisco API and UCS, which means you can have complete networking and storage from Cisco.""I find the usability very valuable.""The implementation process is okay."

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"It gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions.""StorMagic SvSAN's best feature is that it is platform agnostic.""What I found most valuable in StorMagic SvSAN is integration. As a software-defined storage solution, it's also very easy to use and it's the trend in the market today. StorMagic SvSAN also made the customer happy because the customer could use his existing hardware with it. The customer had rack-mounted storage, so he didn't want to purchase a dedicated hardware for storage purposes. He just upgraded his hard disk drives.""We compared two solutions for this use case, but we went with StorMagic because it had more capabilities than the others. It's also more reliable, especially in production environments that require availability and sustainability.""The most valuable feature of StorMagic SvSAN is its high availability. We have not had any downtime or data loss. Business continuity is highly important.""It helps us prevent any data loss while working with the failover clusters.""StorMagic SvSAN is a very effective solution and the interface is good."

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"The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""Proper training sessions should be included with the licensing.""Other vendors such as VMware vSAN have a bigger community of users, so it is easier to find more pre-sale or post-sale information from users.""I would say that the documentation is mostly great, however, some features could be expanded upon a bit.""They need to invest more in the support documents for real issues happening when integrating the solution with the hypervisor.""I would like to see more advanced free versions.""I'd prefer it if a remote console was provided.""StarWind really needs to market its product more."

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"The initial setup could be faster, due to the prerequisites.""They should give us a little more information about how to use the CLI and offer more commands.""Lacks some integration and documentation could be improved.""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.""The initial setup can be a bit complex.""The product does not have a cloud version...The product should be made more flexible in terms of integration capabilities.""The solution's price could be affordable.""HyperFlex could be improved by reducing the minimum number of nodes supported from three to two."

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"If we want to want to replicate the VM to the cloud, or off-site, it does not allow it because of asynchronous. There is no option available.""They should enable data compression deduplication features for the platform.""In terms of what could be improved in StorMagic SvSAN, I don't have a major issue with it, but its user interface should be more customer-oriented.""In the next release, StorMagic SvSAN should include multi-node clusters, which would allow storage spaces to be used more efficiently.""There are two features missing: there's no REST API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it.""The deployment of StorMagic SvSAN is very small. However, you need some time to do it. It's important to make a test deployment before the real deployment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
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  • "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."
  • "There is a recurring cost for the VMware license and the HyperFlex licenses."
  • "We have a yearly license."
  • "Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is expensive. It's a standard license, and we pay for it yearly. I think we pay about 700."
  • "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."
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  • "The pricing of StorMagic SvSAN is fairly good because if you compare it with VMware, it's at a better price. This is an important thing to remember."
  • "The licensing cost is $7,000 per two nodes for two terabytes."
  • "70% cheaper than competitors and provides all the enterprise feature requirements at low cost."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. Our budget was two terabytes and the price met our use case well."
  • "The product has good pricing."
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    StarWind SAN & NAS
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    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.

    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

    StorMagic SvSAN is simple hyperconverged storage used to eliminate downtime. It provides high availability with two nodes per cluster, and boasts users among thousands of organizations to keep mission-critical applications and data online and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    SvSAN is a lightweight solution that has been designed specifically for small-to-medium-sized businesses and edge computing environments such as retail stores, manufacturing plants and even oil rigs at sea.

    SvSAN provides organizations with a simple, 'set and forget' solution that enables lightweight high availability as a virtual SAN (VSAN) with a witness VM that can be local, in the cloud, or as-a-service, and support up to 1,000 2-node clusters. It provides a low barrier to entry with capacity-based licensing and minimal hardware requirements, allowing organizations to use existing equipment. Plus, any IT professional can deploy and manage 1,000 sites as easily as 1, with automation tools and scripts.

    SvSAN gives organizations choice and control by allowing configurations of any x86 server models and storage types, even mixed within a cluster, while vSphere, Hyper-V or KVM hypervisors can be used. It is built to perform, with code that eliminates performance bottlenecks and caching features to boost performance and prevent over-provisioning. SvSAN accommodates future growth and technologies too, with support for containers and VMs, and allows compute and storage to be scaled easily and independently.

    SvSAN's additional features help to deliver 100% uptime with synchronous mirroring and no single point of failure, even with poor, unreliable networks, and non-disruptive hardware and software upgrades. Disaster protection is provided with capability for stretched clusters that reduce risk, plus extensive integrations with backup and DR providers and the option to add a third node to clusters. SvSAN also ensures data security with FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, software RAID options and the elimination of split-brain risk.

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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
    Sheetz Inc., Giant Eagle, RWE Renewables, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rommelsbacher, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Eugen Forschner GmbH
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Company Size
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise22%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StorMagic SvSAN
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in HCI with 24 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 14th in HCI with 7 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while StorMagic SvSAN is rated 8.2. 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 StorMagic SvSAN writes "High availability, zero data loss, and hardware flexibility". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, DataCore SANsymphony, Veeam Backup & Replication and VxRail. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. StorMagic SvSAN report.

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