Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs VxRail comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

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StarWind Virtual SAN
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3%, up from 1.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is 2.3%, down from 3.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of VxRail is 20.8%, down from 22.1% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Apr 14, 2021
Helpful and proactive support, offers full redundancy, and is cost-effective
StarWind Virtual SAN has been a welcomed addition to my network Overall, StarWinds vSAN is a cost-saving storage option with top-notch support. The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space. I can focus on other IT needs now, rather than having to worry about…
Jul 16, 2020
A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated
We previously used the old traditional type of file storage and we switched because there was almost no difference in cost but we got a product with much better features. With this product you get consolidated sales and distribution, so you don't have to worry about multi-vendors. You can open one ticket and you'll get your issue resolved. It's not vendor specific. Everybody's moving towards this. Everybody is dumping the old infrastructure uploads and moving towards renewal solutions, because it's the basic structure for cloud in the future, for anyone planning to become a cloud provider or build a private cloud.
Apr 1, 2024
Good performance, lots of flexibility, and top-notch support
By implementing VxRail, we wanted scalability. We wanted to be able to easily add a server and configure it. We wanted the simplicity of configurations for the team so that I do not need to extensively train the team. They know immediately what to do. VxRail has improved our availability. This means we no longer stress when a server fails. It immediately switches VMs to another machine. I can update without having to set a maintenance window. I have become more independent. Because everything happens in one window, it is absolutely easy to handle. VxRail has the ability to consolidate infrastructure from multiple locations, but we are only at one location. VxRail has had quite a positive effect in terms of energy consumption. I can compare what individual hardware is needed. I can also see which hardware and what capacities are being used. When the VMs move themselves to work evenly on all computers or servers, it is an advantage. VxRail has helped to reduce unplanned production downtime because we now have a cluster, and the VMs move themselves. We have had two outages in a year. One was a hardware failure, and the other was an update problem. Only two or three VMs were turned off because a component was defective. Otherwise, there was no major outage. They moved everything to other machines as planned, and we could work with it. With VxRail, the flexibility is very high because we can scale it without any problems for new projects. For example, we have a larger project coming up where many associations will be involved. I can simply plug in additional devices, set up the initial configuration, and let the service configure itself immediately. I am very flexible. For sustainability, we can recycle them. We have not done it, but we had the option to do it as a lease purchase. That is also advantageous for the future.

Quotes from Members

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


"Having the ability to migrate machines live in our environment was made possible by this software."
"StarWind Virtual SAN is a very easy-to-use solution that can be quickly and easily deployed and configured without intimate and specific knowledge in the virtualization sphere."
"Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs."
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."
"The access to our data is quicker and cheaper than it used to be in a traditional storage system."
"I save both physical and virtual space."
"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support."
"The StarWind Virtual SAN provides a clever and unique solution to the Computing Split Brain problem."
"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."
"Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"
"The tool's most valuable feature is high availability."
"It is easy to install."
"No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center."
"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."
"The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is file sharing."
"The manageability for controlling the console is the most valuable feature."
"The major advantage is the blueprint. You do not need to separately manage the sand or network part because it all gets virtualized."
"VxRail's integration with VMware environments is very good. Our VxRail is built on VMware, and the integration is seamless. We haven't faced any challenges. We can migrate VMs between servers in real-time and replicate them to our DR site without any problems."
"Dell owns the EMC, EMC owns VMware, and there are many other interconnections throughout the industry which allows a fully integrated solution from a technical perspective."
"The update process is very convenient."
"Management of the hardware and software in one console is the most valuable feature. It's also compatible with vSAN."
"The stability is very nice. We haven't had any issues with the cluster. The cluster is very stable. No problems with slowness. Everything has been stable. It was well-architectured."
"It has a valuable deduplication feature."


"High availability for direct attached hardware drives could be useful for increasing the performance of a storage appliance."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"The documentation could be clearer in terms of explaining the installation."
"When you will cease your contract with StarWind (for support) your product won't be updated and that is a big selling point, especially for us, as we have loads of products from StarWind."
"While excels in numerous areas, there are a couple of notable functionalities that it currently lacks. One of these is duplication, which could be an invaluable feature for data redundancy and backup purposes. The ability to duplicate data across different storage locations can be crucial for safeguarding against data loss, and its absence is a minor limitation in an otherwise stellar offering."
"The software could benefit from more tooling to help with initial deployment."
"It would be great to have more automated tooling around managing the iSCSI connections in Windows"
"They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network."
"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 deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified."
"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."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Upgrades are carried out manually."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes' deployment is complex."
"The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could be lowered."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"if we're looking at costs, Nutanix will win because it allows flexibility in the type of hardware you can use."
"Next release, we would like to see online applications."
"I would love to see license migration from one host to another."
"The support charges for VxRail should be optimized and made cheaper."
"The support protocols have changed after Broadcom acquired VMware."
"Integration could be improved."
"It needs faster deployment of security patches."
"One challenge customers face with VxRail is the high cost of scalability. The price is higher if they want to add memory or capacity after purchasing the tool for three or five years. Each drive and RAM module is licensed separately, making the architecture costly. It would benefit Dell to review this licensing model and make it more cost-effective and flexible for customers."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"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."
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."
"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."
"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it."
"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 price of the solution was reasonable."
"We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive."
"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."
"The price is rather on the high side."
"We most likely pay yearly for support. The cost was justified by now because it stays up and I don't have to constantly open tickets. I probably rebooted the system once or twice. We haven't replaced any discs in the storage, we haven't had to do any disc replacements, so it just runs. You pay a little more but you cut down on the maintenance."
"I live in Brazil, and my customers are from Brazil. It is quite an expensive solution. It is more expensive than the traditional environment."
"A typical node that I would sell to a customer has a list price be between $80,000 and $100,000 per node. Organizations typically start with four nodes. That's the hardware, software, VMware licensing, everything. Customers typically pay about half of that - approximately $45,000 to $50,000 a node. On average, it costs about $200,000 to get your foot in the door."
"It's a highly expensive solution"
"There is a license required for this solution."
"Price is a bit of a challenge, particularly if you want extra features or higher performance."
"I do not believe that the price should be lower, as I feel it to be reasonable."
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Questions from the Community

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) combin...
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 ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. Du...
What do you like most about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive.
What needs improvement with Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could b...
How does HPE Nimble Storage compare to VxRail?
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What Is The Biggest Difference Between vSAN And VxRail?
While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an e...
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 bein...

Also Known As

StarWind SAN & NAS
vSAN Ready Nodes
VCE VxRail



Sample Customers

Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
World Wide Technology Inc, Renault Sport Formula One Team, 8x8 Inc, Brownes, Canadian Pacific, Canopy, Denton, EDF, Unilin, Xerox
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