We performed a comparison between Dell PowerFlex and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI 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.
"Besides being 80% cheaper than the other alternatives, the simplicity makes reconfiguration and support much easier."
"It includes every feature that a traditional SAN offers and so much more."
"StarWind vSAN is easy to deploy and administer."
"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 iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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."
"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."
"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
"HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is stable."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"So far, the solution's performance is very good."
"HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."
"Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability."
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"We have the ability to increase the storage without any additional costs."
"We have this feature in Nimble dHCI, wherein we can upgrade individual components in the infrastructure."
"If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"A central management console may be nice to see all nodes."
"When you will cease your contract with StarWind (for support) your product won't be updated and that is a big selling point, especially for us, as we have loads of products from StarWind."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Updating the software can be a bit tricky."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"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."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"Licensing restrictions can be frustrating."
"The installation is complex."
"The performance of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI could improve. Other solutions, such as Cisco, are better."
"The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot."
"Cost-wise, this solution is slightly more expensive than other hyperconverged solutions."
"The initial setup is a little bit complicated."
"Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better."
"This year 2022, we have the possibility to include new kinds of storage with a high disk availability, such as Alletra 6000 and Alletra 9000. Those are the new storage available. If we would like to improve the quality and the capability and the high availability of these products, we can choose between different costs. This is another benefit from this HPE Nimble Storage dHCI solution of hyper-converged."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"I'm not sure if there are features lacking."
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 Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.
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Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in HCI with 9 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.2. 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 Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Scalable with good memory management and helpful technical support". 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 Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our Dell PowerFlex vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI report.
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