"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"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 we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"It is extremely stable."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"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 price of the solution is good, especially when it comes to complex network solutions, such as UCS and Connect."
"The most valuable feature is that you can manage the whole cluster from the traffic interconnect."
"The solution is stable."
"The solution is easy to use and to learn. It is well integrated with VMware."
"Stretch cluster allows us to warranty a service for the customer."
"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."
"Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is simple to use, user-friendly and has been best for our purposes."
"Provides good performance as well as integration with deployment tools."
"I have found the solution to be scalable."
"The solution is quite stable."
"Stretched Cluster is one of the big features that we use across multiple data centers."
"It's completely hyper-converged, so it's very convenient."
"Good performance, reliable and agile."
"Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues."
"The solution has high performance."
"Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"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."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Its price could be better."
"I have been receiving a memory overflow message every day when I use the solution."
"In the next release, I would like to see them able to connect to the public cloud."
"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."
"When it comes to customer needs, the licensing price could be better."
"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."
"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."
"With the cache disk fails in Cisco, the whole node fails, and the workload goes down."
"The architecture of vSAN is not good. vSAN works with objects, such as disks, and it causes problems with availability."
"Lacks an integrated backup solution."
"The integration could be improved. I would like to see integration with other platforms."
"It would be ideal if the solution offered some intelligent monitoring."
"They should provide Deduplication and Compression over the hybrid drives."
"When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there."
"A vSAN cluster must have compression and deduplication to be an all-flash array, but it's not supported with a hybrid array. Deduplication and compression work better with an all-flash array, so I think that VMware should give customers the option to activate and support this feature for hybrid arrays. Other products like Nutanix support this."
"Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more."
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:
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 17 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 66 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 7.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity, FlexPod and Dell EMC PowerFlex, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. VMware vSAN report.
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