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We performed a comparison between HPE Hyper Converged 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 HPE Hyper Converged vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series report (Updated: September 2022).
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software.""They offer top-tier support.""The price was right.""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.""Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."

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

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"We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.""Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days."

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Cons
"Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN.""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."

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"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.""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.""Installation and setup could be easier.""Scalability requires using additional nodes.""Could be more secure and more economical."

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"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 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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  • "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."
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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:We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy.
    Top Answer:Customers really like the pricing as it's quite affordable for them.
    Top Answer:The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
    Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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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.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Transportation Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Marketing Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Legal Firm11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Wholesaler/Distributor5%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Hyper Converged vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 14th in HCI with 6 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 16th in HCI with 2 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 9.0. 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 Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Rubrik, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE SimpliVity and VMware vSAN. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series report.

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