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HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"We have the ability to increase the storage without any additional costs.""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.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""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 Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""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.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex"

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"High Availability is the best feature of product.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""It's quite easy to manage.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""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.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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Cons
"The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options.""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.""Lacking integration to the cloud.""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.""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.""Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick.""Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better."

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"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""We just need more integration with Veeam.""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"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    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 costly as a solution such as Nutanix. It offers decent value for money.
    Top Answer:I'm not sure if there are features lacking.
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive compared to others, however, there are yearly maintenance costs to be aware of.
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better written. However, I found this to be the case a couple of years ago. Now, in… more »
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    Overview

    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.

    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.

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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise10%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
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    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 46 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StorMagic SvSAN and VxRail. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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