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We performed a comparison between Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series 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 vSAN Ready Nodes vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series Report (Updated: January 2024).
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Pros
"The main benefit is that StarWind is almost maintenance-free.""The product has improved the ability to mimic physical SAN environments to demo scenarios and troubleshoot problems.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.""The performance of the solution is accurate and concise.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability.""Training is also easy as it is just one system to learn.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime."

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"The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is file sharing.""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.""It is easy to install.""We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.""The tool's most valuable feature is high availability.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable""You don't have to spend much time evaluating the hardware. It can be deployed in a short time. The tool is also easy to upgrade."

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"Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days.""We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.""Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series' deployment is easy. We are a tier-one platinum partner who is into multiple implementations."

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Cons
"I am expecting to see it more user-friendly in the future.""It could have a dashboard so that you can check all servers' SAN health and performance.""StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere.""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 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.""There is no IPv6 support. That is our only issue at this time.""Regular updates to the software are required, and subtle design changes would be welcome.""The setup and documentation for the installation with the free version could definitely be improved."

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"This product is not sufficiently scalable.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified.""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 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.""Upgrades are carried out manually.""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.""The solution should provide daily task alerts for data recovery maintenance, usage, and other instructions to ensure the systems are in a good status.""Dell vSAN Ready Nodes' deployment is complex."

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"Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series needs to improve its stability. Its resolution should be faster.""Support could be better.""The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great."
  • "We are happy with the price."
  • "The license is reusable. We can always rebuild it and apply the license. Then, boom, we get new servers, apply the license, and we're back up and running."
  • "The pricing is fine for the work that it does."
  • "When we did all the analysis for StarWind, it was approximately 20 percent less than any of the other solutions that we looked at."
  • "The scalability limitation for us is its licensing. At some point in the fairly near future, we will probably have to upgrade our license so we can store eight terabytes instead of four. We are currently at four terabytes, but we're starting to knock on the door of that capacity."
  • "The pricing is excellent. It will run on anything. You don't have to buy a $100,000 server, with hardware you don't need. You just pay for the license and you're good to go."
  • "The licensing is a bit weird. If you license the standard version of StarWind, it allows you four terabytes. Then, they have a pro version, but with the pro version, the only difference is it doubles the terabytes to eight."
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  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
  • "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."
  • "The tool's pricing is competitive compared to others. The tool's licensing is based on annual subscriptions."
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  • "You need to pay a license for additional features. If we need to monitor hardware for the automatic alert notification, we need to pay them."
  • "The tool's pricing is competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Being hardware agnostic is a must and definitely scored points for us.
    Top Answer:The cost of this is less than you expect. Since they're selling a software stack, you do need to consider your own… more »
    Top Answer:The GUI deserves a little love. It is simple and works fine. However, the overall design is a little bit dated. Updating… more »
    Top Answer:The tool's most valuable feature is high availability.
    Top Answer:The tool's pricing is competitive compared to others. The tool's licensing is based on annual subscriptions.
    Top Answer:Dell vSAN Ready Nodes' deployment is complex.
    Top Answer:Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series' deployment is easy. We are a tier-one platinum partner who is into multiple… more »
    Top Answer:Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series needs to improve its stability. Its resolution should be faster.
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    StarWind SAN & NAS
    vSAN Ready Nodes
    Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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    Overview

    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.

    Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.

    ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.

    Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.

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    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Computer Software Company67%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
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    Computer Software Company16%
    Government10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise13%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series
    January 2024
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    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 12th in HCI with 9 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 16th in HCI with 2 reviews. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 8.4, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes writes "Useful file sharing, simple setup, and scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Quick installation and useful for Oracle database and file server". Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Dell PowerFlex, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC Series, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged. See our Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series report.

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