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HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""This software lets us maintain storage redundancy across both of our Hyper-V hosts, so if one goes down the environment fails over to the other and we have minimal to no downtime.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""It's quite easy to install.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."

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"The solution has good backup resolution updates.""No concerns or issues with stability.""Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""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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"The technical support is exceptionally good.""We can scale the solution easily.""The interface is very good and is very easy to navigate. You can find everything you need from one central place.""Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast.""SimpliVity works well in a UAT environment..""Its simplicity is most valuable. The management is easy, and you don't have to have a lot of knowledge about storage, network, etc. It is simple to manage and simple to implement, and that's its key feature.""Its ease of use is valuable. It is being used in a mining company. They wanted their working nodes to be seamless, and they wanted ease of use. That's why they opted for SimpliVity. They are running VMware virtual machines on it.""The pricing of the solution is very good."

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Cons
"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.""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.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."

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"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.""Installation and setup could be easier.""Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"Its performance can be faster.""The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf.""I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party.""Its price can be improved. Customers always look for better prices. It is more expensive as compared to other products available in the market.""There needs to be a simple process for migrating one SimpliVity cluster to a new SimpliVity cluster.""Its deployment should be easier.""The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow.""It is not so cheap, and this is the most common complaint that my customers have. It is a very good product, but the price is an issue in Latin America. VMware is a de facto tool. It would be useful for customers if HP can also use Red Hat or any other open-source virtualization product. Currently, you can only use VMware to manage the machines inside SimpliVity."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "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."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
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  • "It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
  • "It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
  • "We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software."
  • "The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
  • "The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us."
  • "The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes."
  • "The product is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive… more »
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better… more »
    Top Answer:The solution has good backup resolution updates.
    Top Answer:If I'm comparing the solution with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience.
    Top Answer:I think the solution could be more secure and more economical.
    Top Answer:HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
    Top Answer:I like SimpliVity because it can be adapted for small clients or the biggest ones. It's flexible.
    Top Answer:SimpliVity's price is excellent. You can get a good discount on the price, which is important for a small client… more »
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    Also Known As
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
    SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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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 SimpliVity is an HCI software solution that provides powerful data protection, reducing data loss along with lowering the risk of ransomware attacks on your enterprise.

    HPE SimpliVity Features

    HPE SimpliVity has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Flexible, compact architecture
    • Centralized management
    • AI-driven intelligence
    • Built-in data protection and disaster recovery
    • VM-centric management and mobility
    • Simple to deploy, manage, and scale

    HPE SimpliVity Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing HPE SimpliVity. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Efficient: HPE SimpliVity helps reduce the number of devices in your data center while also decreasing the total cost of ownership.
    • Cloud benefits with enterprise capabilities: When your enterprise deploys HPE SimpliVity, you gain the agility, elasticity, and affordability offered by cloud computing.
    • Affordable and flexible: The solution provides IT teams with the performance, reliability, and resiliency of on-premises infrastructure. HPE SimpliVity allows them to start virtualizing their enterprise while also keeping sensitive data safe.
    • Reduced risk of data loss: Because HPE SimpliVity is a powerful solution with built-in resiliency, backup, and disaster recovery, it is able to provide advanced data protection that reduces your organization’s risk of data loss and also lowers the risk of ransomware attacks.
    • Speed: HPE SimpliVity gives you the ability to deploy blocks and manage VM environments quickly and easily by using the VMware interface. In addition, the solution allows you to quickly view all data centers and remote offices within a single interface.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by HPE SimpliVity users.

    Jeff S., Information Technology Manager at Troyer Foods, Inc. says the solution has “Phenomenal deduplication and compression, good support, and works on its own. SimpliVity is integrated with the hypervisor, and you have a single pane of glass. It is really hands-off. Once you set your backup schedules, you're done.

    A Senior Datacenter Consultant at a computer software company mentions, “The most valuable feature is the ease of use and the storage virtualization layer, together with the built-in backups. That's what makes SimpliVity really useful, and how you can replicate data between different sites without paying an extra license for that feature. All the features are built into the product.”

    PeerSpot user Doug C., IT Engineer at a government, comments, “Backups and restores occur very quickly. All SimpliVity management is done through vCenter, providing a single-pane of glass for all management and configuration functions. The advanced deduplication and compression greatly reduce the storage requirements, reducing the amount of expensive flash storage required.The 10G interfaces between the SimpliVity nodes greatly speeds up VM migrations between nodes. SimpliVity enables "stretched-cluster" operation with mirrored storage between the nodes, enabling automated failover. If a node or site goes down for any reason, the VMs on that node are automatically restarted on the other node.”

    German I., Solutions Architect Data Center Servers and Storage at Tecnologia informatica, explains, “The integration possibilities regarding the administration console are one of the best configurations and one of the best features that differentiates this product from others in the market. Also, you can add extra coverage protection that includes everything inside of the hard drives — similar products don't do this. You can use it directly from the hypervisor, which is great.”

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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
    Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Non Profit6%
    Transportation Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Wholesaler/Distributor31%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 60 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.6, while HPE SimpliVity 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 SimpliVity writes "Phenomenal deduplication and compression, good support, and works on its own". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and DataCore SANsymphony. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity report.

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