Dell PowerFlex vs StarWind Virtual SAN comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Dell PowerFlex
Ranking in HCI
7th
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
23
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
StarWind Virtual SAN
Ranking in HCI
4th
Average Rating
9.6
Number of Reviews
184
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of Dell PowerFlex is 14.1%, up from 7.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.1%, up from 1.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
HCI
Unique Categories:
No other categories found
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
9.2%
 

Featured Reviews

MV
May 20, 2024
Runs without issues and provides a return on investment
Dell PowerFlex is our primary private cloud.  The combination of reliability and scalability is perfect for us. When we need extra storage we have six nodes so we simply purchase new licenses and hard drives. Although it is possible to use the nodes just for storage, we use them for CPU and RAM as…
SE
May 24, 2024
Feature-rich and versatile with broad support for different hypervisors
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. During our evaluation of our on-premises setup, we did not find any significant flaws. One point for improvement is to increase the performance capabilities of the Windows-based executable as compared to its Linux Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) equivalent. Another point for improvement would be to incorporate a more granular Role-based access control system (RBAC) natively inside the software to allow for more granular administration. Yet another point would be to achieve tighter integration and automation with cloud-based platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"Saves us a lot of space in the data center."
"We're doing a lot of VMware for IT so this solution is really valuable from a VMH point of view. We're trying to assist our customers mainly with management, because that's what they want. The most important aspects are ease of management, as well as ease of configuration, allowing them to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications."
"The solution is scalable."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is integration."
"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability."
"Dell PowerFlex improves our latency which allowed us to reduce a lot of our Microsoft Enterprise SQL licenses."
"Dell PowerFlex is a complete hyperconverge that makes automation easy to manage and extremely stable."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"I've had to open a few support cases over the years due to administrator errors, and the support received was top-notch."
"StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software."
"It enables us to provide more solution options for our clients, with the reassurance that, when implemented, they will be efficient and stable."
"StarWind Virtual SAN (vSAN) offers a significant breadth of features."
"It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combines flash and disks of the cluster and forms a virtual shared storage “pool” accessible by all hosts. StarWind cuts down virtualization cost and complexity by eliminating the need for a physical shared storage (SAN). -StarWind offers the Enterprise-level high availability (HA), deployed and easily configured . we get technical support from star wind team when implementation software and after setup if we face any issue."
"With an uptime of 384 days, StarWind has improved overall server reliability."
"It integrates (fully) with VMware and Veeam, my hypervisor, and backup vendors, so for me, all the puzzle pieces simply fit and work smoothly."
 

Cons

"They need to work on improving the overhead for protecting the data."
"I would like to see a more user-friendly interface."
"Needs some more monitoring tools."
"The support of containers needs to be improved. At present, it is limited to VMware. There needs to be direct communication with the hardware rather than through a hypervisor."
"The tool needs to improve its storage. It should also make migration to the cloud easier."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"Exporting data from the dashboard is not very user-friendly. It's just designed in a way that it's going to cover let's say 90%, 80%, of the end-users needs. If you need more sophisticated reporting it's not easy to have."
"I am not really impressed by the technical support of this solution."
"I would like to see more advanced free versions."
"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."
"With data verification, I would like to know how does the solution perform validation of data being synced between two VSANs."
"Proper training sessions should be included with the licensing."
"It should be improved in the way it detects the right filesystem image after a complete shutdown of the system or in the case of disaster recovery."
"The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated."
"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 GUI deserves a little love."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price could be improved."
"I rate the solution's pricing an eight out of ten."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
"The solution is expensive and I give the cost a two out of ten."
"The product is expensive."
"The cost of this solution is fair."
"The solution's price is medium."
"We have a good contact in Dell and he prepared all the information and provided everything to us."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"StarWind is best price/performance for SMB."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The pricing is fine for the work that it does."
"The licensing is straightforward, with free and trial versions available."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Government
7%
Computer Software Company
19%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Government
9%
Financial Services Firm
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What are the major differences between VxRail and Dell EMC PowerFlex?
VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being too expensive for a company to invest in. Even if the user is working with a l...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell EMC PowerFlex?
I have good partners who prepared the price for us. I told them what we needed and everything worked out perfectly. We have a good contact in Dell and he prepared all the information and provided e...
What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combines flash and disks of the cluster and forms a virtual shared storage “pool” acce...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to extend the trial license or upgrade to a full license.
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. During our evaluation of our on-premises setup, we did not find any significant fl...
 

Also Known As

VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
StarWind SAN & NAS
 

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Sample Customers

Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
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