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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerFlex and FlexPod based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""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 vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently.""The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across.""We have been able to use more on-prem hardware to reduce cost and also use old disks that we do not trust enough for ordinary RAID or usage.""The user interface for this application is amazing."

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"We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""Saves us a lot of space in the data center.""The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."

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"It reduced the total cost of ownership.""FlexPod’s prevalidated architectures are very important to our organization... Especially in healthcare, it is absolutely critical that we have a validated performance platform. It has to work every time.""The most significant benefit is storage flexibility. FlexPod is a reference design to build on and add the appropriate resources you need for your workloads. That's what differentiates it from something like HCI, where you have to buy certain size pieces when you want to expand.""Integration is most valuable. This is a reference architecture. So, we don't have to design something from scratch and figure out how it is going to work.""FlexPod has reduced our overall TCO and simplified our operations.""FlexPod is the primary solution we recommend for clients with high-availability server requirements. Our clients find FlexPod's management helpful. You can manage everything via plugins.""The feature I have found most valuable is data protection.""The solution's granular scalability and broad application support helps us to meet the needs of diverse workloads."

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Cons
"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""Besides not being able to use any filesystem, I do not have any additional cons.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""They need to invest more in the support documents for real issues happening when integrating the solution with the hypervisor.""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 only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry."

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"We've had some issues around the licensing.""Licensing restrictions can be frustrating.""The installation is complex.""It would be great to get earlier access to beta builds because we have to develop providers on our own. The APIs and enablers for custom automation could also be improved."

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"We would like one-click upgrades.""As the technology grows, we're looking to upgrade our storage systems to something faster, and we're hoping to improve our servers with next-generation technology. So we want to enhance our server infrastructure and explore server virtualization with VMware. That's the improvement that our clients are demanding.""With the UCS X-Series, I would like to see the fabric interconnects in the chassis. Instead of hanging out so the chassis is 7U, you are increasing your footprint to 9U with the fabric enhancer, where some of the competing solutions are 7U and have collapsed that network fabric into the chassis. This is another thing that I would like to see from Cisco, though not really on the NetApp side since that is pretty solid.""I would like to see increased performance.""Since 2018 or 2019, maybe due to COVID and the chipsets, my DIMMs are dying left and right.""The integration between both companies, Cisco and NetApp, is very good but it still needs to be enhanced in terms of visibility and observability.""I'd like to see better integrations with some of the third-party tools, like Terraform. That would be good. We use Ansible to deploy and that's good, but it's slower than it needs to be.""They need to improve the user interface to make it easier to work in this environment. The older version is poor."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
  • "StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
  • "The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
  • "The cost of this solution is fair."
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  • "It's expensive, but when you pay for enterprise support and enterprise products, you have to pay the big bucks."
  • "In terms of the cost, the last bill I saw was about $3.5 million, from the latest contract. That might have been for a five-year contract."
  • "The pricing and licensing are quite expensive. However, compared to other solutions, it is okay."
  • "Licensing can be interesting with the new version because of the Intersight integration. I don't know what that looks like yet. I have seen some of the different licensing models, but with the new purchasing, all customers are going to have to buy some sort of Intersight licensing with the Blades or FlexPod. I am curious to see how that option shakes out. Previous to the UCS X-Series, the licensing was the same."
  • "Pricing is always tough. We need to get to a point where the customer's happy. Then, as partners, we are also happy."
  • "Overall, the solution works pretty well. The biggest complaint I have from customers is the cost."
  • "We definitely saw a lot of operational cost savings using FlexPod. As far as capital outlay goes, that was a little bit too much for us to swallow and we weren't able to recognize enough savings in that area to afford it."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    Top Answer:Saves us a lot of space in the data center.
    Top Answer:I'd like to see better license management with flexibility in terms of license usage.
    Top Answer:The most significant benefit is storage flexibility. FlexPod is a reference design to build on and add the appropriate… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing can be interesting with the UCS refresh because of Intersight integration (IMM) and SaaS, connected virtual… more »
    Top Answer:Support could be more integrated. For example, you might call NetApp, and they'll determine that VMware is the issue. It… more »
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    Also Known As
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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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.

    VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

    The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

    The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk.

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    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
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise66%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 1st in Converged Infrastructure with 13 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8, while FlexPod is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FlexPod writes "Integrates everything so you are using fewer tools". Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, VxRail, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Dell VxBlock System and HPE ConvergedSystem.

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