IT Central Station is now PeerSpot: Here's why

Dell PowerFlex vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Featured Review
Buyer's Guide
Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""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.""Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports.""The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across.""StarWind SANs come with outstanding support.""They offer top-tier support.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Pros →

"Saves us a lot of space in the data center.""We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""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."

More Dell PowerFlex Pros →

"The easy way everything can be configured and ready to run in less than a day is great.""The hosts came preconfigured, and it was plug-and-play.""It is a safe, fast, and cost-effective storage system that improved our systems to have zero downtime.""Being able to log on to the GUI to see specific data and usage statistics, executing clones, starting and stopping VMs, etc., is great.""Servers came pre-configured for our environment and as soon as they were in the rack, Starwind got them up and running.""The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions.""Their support team is extremely helpful, and they are pretty friendly and knowledgeable.""The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched."

More StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Pros →

Cons
"Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""The gathering of monthly consumption and performance reports for future dissemination to concerned parties is very important. Unfortunately, StarWinds vSAN doesn't offer this functionality.""For me, the product could be improved by it being made cheaper.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Cons →

"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.""The installation is complex.""We've had some issues around the licensing."

More Dell PowerFlex Cons →

"We have to pay for support, which is high-end support. That can be expensive, at least for us.""The monitoring and reporting console can be improved in the sense that it can have more information on it.""Shipping options should be explained in detail and offer more white glove delivery options even if it comes at an additional cost for some SMBs without docks.""We struggle a little with capacity management with the StarWind Hyperconverged appliance.""An emphasis on security can be improved.""I honestly cannot think of anything else to be improved, as I rarely have to interact with the Starwind product.""The only issues are when Hyper V itself has limitations and I'd love to see support or enhancement in the area of direct-attached GPU cards.""Updates need improvement."

More StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "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."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • More StarWind Virtual SAN Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
  • "The cost of this solution is fair."
  • More Dell PowerFlex Pricing and Cost Advice →

  • "It's an all in one package, making it very easy."
  • "We didn't have any issue with pricing or any of the sales process."
  • "The HCA price is all-inclusive (setup, hardware, support, warranty), except for your standard Microsoft Server licensing."
  • "I was able to bring the price per year down by going out to a five-year plan."
  • More StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Pricing and Cost Advice →

    report
    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which HCI solutions are best for your needs.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
    Top Answer:VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
    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 presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network… more »
    Top Answer:My only concern was with the terms and conditions of the proactive support. Our legal department didn't accept them, so… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
    Learn More
    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.

    For SMB, ROBO and Enterprises, who look to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer. The HCA supports scale-up by adding disks and flash, and scale-out by adding extra nodes.

    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance consists of StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN “Ready Nodes”, targeting those, who are building their virtualization infrastructure from scratch. In case there is an existing set of servers, we offer a “software only version”, which is essentially our years proven StarWind Virtual SAN. Basically, it’s the fuel powering StarWind HCA. 

    Offer
    30-days for free

    Try it today

    Learn more about Dell PowerFlex
    30-day trial

    Try it today

    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
    Sears Home and Franchise Business
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Construction Company8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Non Profit5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Construction Company12%
    Transportation Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise69%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 4 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in HCI with 37 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.8, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. 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 StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent 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 StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and HPE SimpliVity. See our Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

    See our list of best HCI vendors.

    We monitor all HCI reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.