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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerFlex and HPE Hyper Converged 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.
To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerFlex vs. HPE Hyper Converged Report (Updated: November 2022).
653,522 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Training is also easy as it is just one system to learn.""It includes every feature that a traditional SAN offers and so much more.""The virtual tapes can be uploaded to the object storage of your choice with object locking/governance which gives you an extra layer of protection.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""The StarWind Virtual SAN provides a clever and unique solution to the Computing Split Brain problem.""The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."

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

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"No concerns or issues with stability.""Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""There are multiple advantages. Typically, being an all-flash storage, which is available through either SimpliVity or dHCI, the performance is much better because the IOPS goes high, so it's more powerful in terms of performance. Secondly, if I'm talking of SimpliVity Hyper Convergence solution from HPE, unlike the competition, even if three hard drives fail, you are still running the solution.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability.""Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure."

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Cons
"The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""The only point they should improve is the amount of documentation available for the user, especially in the first preliminary phase in which we were testing the product on our own.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""A central management console may be nice to see all nodes.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""StarWind really needs to market its product more."

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"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.""Licensing restrictions can be frustrating.""We've had some issues around the licensing.""The installation is complex."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes.""Installation and setup could be easier.""This solution is very costly.""Could be more secure and more economical.""We have faced some challenges when upgrading. With Hyper Converged, you have to fully upgrade because there are no incremental upgrades available in this solution. For example, let's say we have two nodes. If we want to upgrade storage, we also need to upgrade computing. That means a full upgrade EME.""In the Hyper Converged environment, some of the brands only support the OS VMware and not Hyper-V from Microsoft or even Red Hat or KVM."

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  • "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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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
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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:Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
    Top Answer:The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
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    Also Known As
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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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.

    HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

    Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

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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
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization11%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Manufacturing Company22%
    Marketing Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Legal Firm11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerFlex vs. HPE Hyper Converged
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerFlex vs. HPE Hyper Converged and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,522 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in HCI with 6 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2. 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 HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Rubrik. See our Dell PowerFlex vs. HPE Hyper Converged report.

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