We performed a comparison between HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE SimpliVity 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.
"Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost."
"High Availability is the best feature of product."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before."
"The StarWind Virtual SAN provides a clever and unique solution to the Computing Split Brain problem."
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy."
"The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability."
"Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability."
"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."
"We have this feature in Nimble dHCI, wherein we can upgrade individual components in the infrastructure."
"So far, the solution's performance is very good."
"I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information."
"The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads."
"We have the ability to increase the storage without any additional costs."
"It is easier to manage compared to the other vendors."
"Our clients are very comfortable with the single management of the complete stack. The creation of VM systems is also very fast."
"SimpliVity's console is useful."
"The most valuable features of SimpliVity are the built-in backup and immunity to ransomware."
"SimpliVity helps us to manage and has made deduplication work really well."
"The compression and deduplication ratio."
"The solution is scalable and one of the best in the market."
"What I like about SimpliVity is the brand value of HP. I also like the data compression ratio, which is around more than 75% data compression ratio. HP's support and the ease of working with SimpliVity are also valuable features."
"The initial setup was straightforward."
"I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards in future versions."
"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."
"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."
"Besides not being able to use any filesystem, I do not have any additional cons."
"I would like to see improvements in the documentation area."
"Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility."
"We just need more integration with Veeam."
"I would say that the documentation is mostly great, however, some features could be expanded upon a bit."
"Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better."
"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."
"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."
"Cost-wise, this solution is slightly more expensive than other hyperconverged solutions."
"I'm not sure if there are features lacking."
"The performance of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI could improve. Other solutions, such as Cisco, are better."
"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."
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."
"Our customers are always looking or a discount on the product."
"There is a file size limitation when you want to do an individual file restore, but they might have resolved this in newer versions. As I'm taking backups at the VM server level, I can restore a file from any one of those without standing up the VM, and I can restore it to any mounted VM that I want. The problem is that there is a file size limitation. It becomes problematic when I'm trying to restore. When I want to restore a backup of a SQL database, my backups are considerably larger than 10 gigs. So, the only way to restore that backup file is to mount the entire VM somewhere and then copy it, which doesn't take long at all."
"It could integrate better with other platforms. It's a proprietary solution of HPE, so you are stuck. Before I was running SimpliVity as an independent solution. it wasn't a card and software, so you could put in whatever server, IBM, Dell, etc."
"I wish to see an improved compute node selection, to allow us to select something other than merely the two socket system."
"Deployment could be simplified and more user friendly."
"I think the licensing cost could be lower."
"The way that it handles the memory could be better."
"The greatest disadvantage is the update process. Every patch or release update must be checked and deployed with the HPE solution, which sometimes is a little bit difficult. It is not difficult in terms of installation, but it is difficult to get the patches in time."
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 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.
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:
HPE SimpliVity Benefits
There are several benefits to implementing HPE SimpliVity. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
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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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in HCI with 9 reviews while HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in HCI with 55 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.2, while HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Scalable with good memory management and helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "Phenomenal deduplication and compression, good support, and works on its own". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), Dell VxFlex Ready Nodes and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. HPE SimpliVity report.
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