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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI
May 2022
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Pros
"High Availability is the best feature of product.""The install itself is easy as pie.""The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup being a bit painful.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage."

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"Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""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.""Very good in-line compression.""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud.""So far, the solution's performance is very good."

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"It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier.""It is highly scalable. Their support is also extremely good.""The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""NetApp HCI is a stable solution."

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Cons
"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.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment.""StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""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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"The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better.""I'm not sure if there are features lacking.""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.""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.""Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond."

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"At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things that I want to resolve in my customer's environment. QoS improves the performance of each tenancy, and with capacity efficiency, the customer can achieve more capacity as compared to the normal capacity.""The administration side of it needs to be improved. We expect an easier interface and a single upgrade for updating the infrastructure.""Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."

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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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  • "I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
  • "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."
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  • "Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."
  • "The price of the solution is okay but could improve."
  • "Its pricing is lower than our previous solution."
  • "Its price is comparable to the competitors in the market."
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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:So far, the solution's performance is very good.
    Top Answer:The pricing is okay. Out of five, the pricing is about a three, I would say. It was not cheap. However, it's not as… more »
    Top Answer:I'm not sure if there are features lacking.
    Top Answer:It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier.
    Top Answer:Its price is comparable to the competitors in the market.
    Top Answer:At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things… more »
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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 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.

    NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Transportation Company16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    University11%
    Insurance Company11%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Government8%
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise10%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 18th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. NetApp HCI report.

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