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HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""StarWind Virtual SAN is essentially hardware agnostic, allowing us to build out a specific hardware layer based upon the customer's unique requirements.""Immediately we noticed huge performance gains, even on older hardware and once we implemented a 10GB link between both servers, the sync was near-instant after the initial sync was complete.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""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 vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it."

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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.""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.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""No concerns or issues with stability."

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"It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise.""The performance is good. It's stable and easy to operate.""It's much more simple than Nutanix and other hyper-converged solutions, at least from our point of view.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""It doesn't take long to mount the entire VM somewhere and then copy it. That's one of the things that I like about SimpliVity's deduplication and compression. I can literally stand up a backup in minutes. It is like no time at all. They've got pretty phenomenal deduplication and compression. Within SimpliVity, one of the things that they do is deduplication and compression on ingestion. So, on the front side, everything is deduplicated and compressed, which, of course, adds some overhead to their solution. For instance, in my environment today, I've got roughly 30 terabytes of raw storage, and with their deduplication and compression, I'm over the 300 terabyte threshold with my active servers and all my backups.""The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware.""We really enjoy the virtualization that the solution offers.""The solution is very stable."

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Cons
"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""The gathering of monthly consumption and performance reports for future dissemination to concerned parties is very important. Unfortunately, StarWinds vSAN doesn't offer this functionality.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""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."

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"Scalability requires using additional nodes.""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.""This solution is very costly."

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"The product should be competitive with other brands.""SimpliVity's data management could be better. Nutanix's interface is a bit more user-friendly.""It's a very complex installation. It's gotten easier, however, it's far from a double click on a link and a self-upgrade scenario. There's still an awful lot of magic that goes down to doing upgrades.""The setup was complex, as it has multiple integrations with multiple orients.""The local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HP doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here.""The initial setup is not that easy.""The backup and recovery process needs to be faster. Right now, it's a bit slow.""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."

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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 product is expensive."
  • "It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly."
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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: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
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    Manufacturing Company12%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Healthcare Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Wholesaler/Distributor31%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise59%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. HPE SimpliVity and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in HCI with 5 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in 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 Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, 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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