HPE Hyper Converged vs HPE Nimble Storage dHCI comparison

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We performed a comparison between HPE Hyper Converged and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI 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 HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The Windows-based StarWind GUI is easy to use and understand and integrates seamlessly with VMware's vSphere portal as well.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability.""The StarWind VSAN is always up and allows us to move VMS to other nodes for maintenance, without interruption to service.""We went from "no way DB applications would have good performance" to "Wow! We can now actually have a DB running and have some VMs running at the same time."""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""I've had to open a few support cases over the years due to administrator errors, and the support received was top-notch.""The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard."

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"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability.""No concerns or issues with stability.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure.""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."

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"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors.""HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good.""HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is stable.""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""We have this feature in Nimble dHCI, wherein we can upgrade individual components in the infrastructure.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""So far, the solution's performance is very good.""We have the ability to increase the storage without any additional costs."

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Cons
"It took a bit of knowledge and support to put in place but once installed it works fine. Migration (HyperV) from one server to another sometimes takes longer than expected but there is no data loss even if the host crashes.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""They need to improve the speed of the interfaces, thus allowing for better traffic on the network.""StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere.""There is one issue as far as licensing goes and that is a lack of documentation online for users when transitioning from the free version to the paid version, or vice versa.""While we had little to no issues in setting up StarWind and received excellent support from the StarWind technicians, we would have appreciated a clearer guideline for a setup with the free version of StarWind Management Console or, in other words - for the setup with the PowerShell."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes.""Installation and setup could be easier.""Could be more secure and more economical.""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.""This solution is very costly.""We have faced some challenges when upgrading. With Hyper Converged, you have to fully upgrade because there are no incremental upgrades available in this solution. For example, let's say we have two nodes. If we want to upgrade storage, we also need to upgrade computing. That means a full upgrade EME."

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"The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot.""Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better.""The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""This year 2022, we have the possibility to include new kinds of storage with a high disk availability, such as Alletra 6000 and Alletra 9000. Those are the new storage available. If we would like to improve the quality and the capability and the high availability of these products, we can choose between different costs. This is another benefit from this HPE Nimble Storage dHCI solution of hyper-converged.""HPE Nimble Storage dHCI currently is promoting only VMware as a hypervisor, whereas if they can look into other OSs, such as KVM or Red Hat, it would be an improvement.""I'm not sure if there are features lacking.""Cost-wise, this solution is slightly more expensive than other hyperconverged solutions.""The performance of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI could improve. Other solutions, such as Cisco, are better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
  • "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 support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
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  • "The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
  • "The cost of the licensing is reasonable."
  • "The price of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is expensive."
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    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:Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
    Top Answer:The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
    Top Answer:The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out… more »
    Top Answer:Nimble It's only available using iSCSI — Nimble can run iSCSI or Fiber Channel. Although iSCSI is cheaper, from a… more »
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    Also Known As
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
    Nimble Storage dHCI
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    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.

    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.

    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.

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    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Manufacturing Company22%
    Marketing Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Legal Firm11%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI
    November 2022
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    HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in HCI with 6 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in HCI with 9 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Scalable with good memory management and helpful technical support". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI report.

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