Dell PowerFlex vs Dell vSAN Ready Nodes comparison


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StarWind Virtual SAN
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Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st)
Dell PowerFlex
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Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.1%, up from 1.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell PowerFlex is 14.1%, up from 7.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is 2.0%, down from 3.6% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

May 24, 2024
Feature-rich and versatile with broad support for different hypervisors
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. During our evaluation of our on-premises setup, we did not find any significant flaws. One point for improvement is to increase the performance capabilities of the Windows-based executable as compared to its Linux Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) equivalent. Another point for improvement would be to incorporate a more granular Role-based access control system (RBAC) natively inside the software to allow for more granular administration. Yet another point would be to achieve tighter integration and automation with cloud-based platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
May 20, 2024
Runs without issues and provides a return on investment
Dell PowerFlex is our primary private cloud.  The combination of reliability and scalability is perfect for us. When we need extra storage we have six nodes so we simply purchase new licenses and hard drives. Although it is possible to use the nodes just for storage, we use them for CPU and RAM as…
Niraj  Shah - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 22, 2024
Offers good performance and is easy to use
I use the solution to handle corporate use cases since some web-based applications run on it If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and stability. The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required.…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The user interface for this application is amazing."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"The ability to choose our own hardware and our own vendors for this was hugely beneficial, as we had pre-existing relationships with vendors we wanted to maintain."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability."
"We are running Hyper-V on twin servers in failover, and being able to manage servers from anywhere I need to, virtually, has been a game changer."
"In our case, the cost and high availability are the two most important factors which we were looking for in a solution."
"Dell PowerFlex is a one-stop-shop solution. Storage, compute, network, application monitoring, and support cases are all combined into one solution. It's very easy to administer compared to when you have a reference architecture where you need to design and build everything yourself. You would also then have to work with multiple vendors."
"The support is highly responsive."
"The solution is scalable."
"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"The tool's most valuable features are its price and flexibility. It has high performance."
"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
"Dell PowerFlex improves our latency which allowed us to reduce a lot of our Microsoft Enterprise SQL licenses."
"The most valuable feature is the overall integration and just seeing the three different layers which make up the machine software. Altogether, it's something that I would say is much better than any other solution that I have experienced before."
"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
"You don't have to spend much time evaluating the hardware. It can be deployed in a short time. The tool is also easy to upgrade."
"The tool's most valuable features are compression and its usage in Kubernetes."
"Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"
"The solution immediately expands storage area when you add nodes."
"I have found the most important features of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the capacity to manage the storage because the storage is built in the servers. The type of profiles you can attribute to the storage is a benefit. You can manage the storage by profiles. Overall the solution is a good speed and performance."
"It is easy to install."
"The tool's most valuable feature is high availability."


"Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet."
"There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."
"Initially, when we first started, the sync was horrible."
"While we had no problems setting the system up, and service technicians from StarWind could assist us very well, they could provide some form of in-depth documentation."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN."
"The management console of StarWind Virtual SAN is pretty complex."
"The solution must be more flexible."
"Needs some more monitoring tools."
"They need to work on improving the overhead for protecting the data."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface."
"There should be more functionality available for routing."
"The initial deployment was complicated and required a lot of data nodes, IPs, internal vLANs, data vLANs, and many other things."
"The storage capability must be improved."
"The tool needs to improve its storage. It should also make migration to the cloud easier."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes must be flexible since it is complex in designing concepts. It needs to improve stability. The product should integrate with the public cloud."
"There is room for improvement in the maintenance pricing. Maintenance isn't difficult, but the prices are high and ridiculous. Some customers feel it is better to go with a new solution rather than renew this one."
"The power switch on the hardware is located in a poor location where it can accidentally be pushed. In an update, they should solve this issue so people do not push it accidentally to have their service go down. A possible solution is the switch should be inside."
"This product is not sufficiently scalable."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"The Dell VxRail solution is based on vSAN Ready Nodes, but the Dell VxRail is fully automated. It would be helpful if this automation feature could be added to the Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. For example, we need to install VMware ESXi, and manually expand the cluster."
"The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could be lowered."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"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 pricing is more than reasonable."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The solution's price is medium."
"We have a good contact in Dell and he prepared all the information and provided everything to us."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
"I rate the solution's pricing an eight out of ten."
"The price could be improved."
"The product is expensive."
"The solution is expensive and I give the cost a two out of ten."
"The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
"The solution is more expensive than a traditional array. The prices are skyrocketing."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"Comparing the price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes to other solutions it is not expensive."
"The price of the solution was reasonable."
"We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
"My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive."
"The tool's pricing is competitive compared to others. The tool's licensing is based on annual subscriptions."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combin...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The dashboard is functional, but it could benefit from a more modern and visually appealing design. A facelift would ...
What are the major differences between VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex?
VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not bein...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC PowerFlex?
I have good partners who prepared the price for us. I told them what we needed and everything worked out perfectly. W...
What do you like most about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
The solution is more expensive than a traditional array. The prices are skyrocketing.
What needs improvement with Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
Dell vSAN Ready Nodes doesn't perform as well as IBM. There are significant limitations, especially with scalability ...

Also Known As

StarWind SAN & NAS
VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
vSAN Ready Nodes



Sample Customers

Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
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