Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs HPE Hyper Converged comparison

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We performed a comparison between Dell vSAN Ready Nodes 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.
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"StarWind saved us about 80% of our storage costs over our old solution.""StarWind Virtual SAN is a very mature software that supersedes its capabilities with my use cases.""The product gave us a cost-effective way to deploy a highly available server environment.""StarWind SANs come with outstanding support.""StarWind has provided us with a top-notch, well-supported, robust vSAN offering when other vendors have moved to hyper-converged solutions that are outside of our average clients' reach from a financial and resource perspective.""The ROI is great on this product.""The backup is readily available for use, and the restoration process is easy.""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."

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"The solution immediately expands storage area when you add nodes.""The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is the flexibility of the nodes. Additionally, if there are any critical issues they update us through emails. The issues are taken care of remotely on the system.""The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is file sharing.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable""We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.""The product is useful for DR and other things.""I have found the most important features of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the capacity to manage the storage because the storage is built in the servers. The type of profiles you can attribute to the storage is a benefit. You can manage the storage by profiles. Overall the solution is a good speed and performance."

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"Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure.""It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability.""It is easy to manage; the administration is simpler. It saves a lot of rack space in the data center because you can consolidate 20 servers into three to five nodes. The client will be able to benefit from power savings and cost savings as well.""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.""It is a scalable solution.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""No concerns or issues with stability.""One of the good features would be the fast backup solution Hyper Converged offers, which is more efficient compared to other vendors."

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"I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards in future versions.""Regular updates to the software are required, and subtle design changes would be welcome.""The software could benefit from more tooling to help with initial deployment.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""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.""For someone entering the IT sector with little knowledge of storage, iSCSI, and virtual disks, they might not find the GUI immediately obvious.""I had to buy upgraded support, which was not a problem, but it wasn't a prorated amount, so I paid for the support, the full upgrade, but I only got a couple of months out of it because it was only good until renewal time.""The documentation is good. However, if compared with competitors, it could be enhanced and made more professional."

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"The solution should provide daily task alerts for data recovery maintenance, usage, and other instructions to ensure the systems are in a good status.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified.""This product is not sufficiently scalable.""The solution doesn't scale.""The Dell VxRail solution is based on vSAN Ready Nodes, but the Dell VxRail is fully automated. It would be helpful if this automation feature could be added to the Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. For example, we need to install VMware ESXi, and manually expand the cluster.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is a great hyper-converged system that is a perfect platform for supporting any kind of workload. The only workload that it's not designed to support is big data.""The power switch on the hardware is located in a poor location where it can accidentally be pushed. In an update, they should solve this issue so people do not push it accidentally to have their service go down. A possible solution is the switch should be inside."

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"If the solution could further compress the data, it would use less storage.""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.""Could be more secure and more economical.""The solution needs to add a module or plugin of vCenter for clear monitoring and insights.""Scalability is an issue because it becomes very expensive. When you need to upgrade memory, you have to upgrade memory across the nodes. Suppose a customer has gone with a three-node HCI solution, then to increase the memory, you have to do it across the three nodes.""The improvements could be customization and backup efficiency.""This solution is very costly.""Its technical support services could be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
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  • "The price of the solution was reasonable."
  • "We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
  • "Comparing the price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes to other solutions it is not expensive."
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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
  • "I would rate the price at seven out of ten. There are no additional licensing fees, but it would be cheaper to go with a dHCI solution."
  • "It is a cost-effective solution."
  • "The entire solution is packaged with all licenses and support."
  • "HPE Hyper Converged is an affordable solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We like their high availability. It reduces the downtime for our entire organization's environment.
    Top Answer:The Premium ProActive service price is a little high, yet worth the price.
    Top Answer:It is hard to find adequate technical documentation on their support website. However, they have a fantastic technical… more »
    Top Answer:The product is useful for DR and other things.
    Top Answer:I'm not involved in licensing but I believe the cost is reasonable.
    Top Answer:The main weakness we have with this solution relates to storage expansion. It's not sufficiently scalable in the sense… more »
    Top Answer:One of the good features would be the fast backup solution Hyper Converged offers, which is more efficient compared to… more »
    Top Answer:Considering the features it offers, I'd say it's not very cost-effective, but it provides real value for the money.
    Top Answer:The improvements could be customization and backup efficiency.
    Also Known As
    vSAN Ready Nodes
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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    StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.

    Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
    risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
    , and can help
    you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
    expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
    way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.

    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
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Manufacturing Company29%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Legal Firm7%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise15%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise30%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. HPE Hyper Converged
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. HPE Hyper Converged and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 11th in HCI with 7 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 13th in HCI with 10 reviews. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 8.8, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes writes "Useful file sharing, simple setup, and scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Sangfor HCI - Hyper Converged Infrastructure. See our Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. HPE Hyper Converged report.

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