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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerFlex and Scale Computing HC3 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. Scale Computing HC3 Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup being a bit painful.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""The StarWind Virtual SAN provides a clever and unique solution to the Computing Split Brain problem.""It integrates (fully) with VMware and Veeam, my hypervisor, and backup vendors, so for me, all the puzzle pieces simply fit and work smoothly.""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.""The installation of StarWind Virtual SAN was pretty easy, and the configuration was done in no time."

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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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"The most valuable features are the appliance-type feel and that you don't need additional licenses as everything is built-in.""I rate Scale Computing support 10 out of 10. They're accessible and responsive.""The solution is scalable.""The most valuable feature of Scale Computing HC3 is if one of the devices fails, you won't even notice, the service maintains operation. The customers don't have to waste two, or three days on delays. Additionally, you do not have to waste time with recovery software, it is a lot easier."

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Cons
"The documentation is good yet is still lacking in a few areas.""I would like an automated installation/configuration despite the fact that their service is very collaborative, a customer should be able to deploy the solution by themselves.""They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network.""The documentation is good. However, if compared with competitors, it could be enhanced and made more professional.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available."

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"Licensing restrictions can be frustrating.""The installation is complex.""We've had some issues around the licensing.""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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"The product struggles to cope with bigger workloads. In the next release, I'd like some backup solutions to be added.""I would like bigger clusters with more than eight nodes.""Scale Computing HC3 said in an announcement they were going to integrate with a backup service which would be good. If they could do this it would be beneficial.""Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."

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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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  • "I pay for Scale Computing HC3 and it includes customer service for one year. We paid for an additional year for customer service but that includes the updates and everything for the software. Additionally, the licensing is for Windows, which is the same for everybody."
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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 initial setup is pretty straightforward.
    Top Answer:If you need to scale, you need to buy more nodes, and those are not cheap at all. They are very expensive.
    Top Answer:I've had so many issues with support. I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some… 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.

    HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.

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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
    Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    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%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerFlex vs. Scale Computing HC3
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerFlex vs. Scale Computing HC3 and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews while Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 20th in HCI with 4 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8, while Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6. 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 Scale Computing HC3 writes "Fast with excellent stability and fantastic technical support". Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance, whereas Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VMware vSAN, VxRail, Sangfor HCI and StorMagic SvSAN. See our Dell PowerFlex vs. Scale Computing HC3 report.

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