HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs StarWind Virtual SAN comparison

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We performed a comparison between HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and StarWind Virtual SAN 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.
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"The product provides zero downtime.""The product has cut down a lot of service tickets. Earlier, people complained about slowness.""HPE Nimble Storage dHCI has the most valuable features for performance, resilience, and scalability.""We have this feature in Nimble dHCI, wherein we can upgrade individual components in the infrastructure.""Simply being able to move objects and the duplication feature have been quite effective.""The technical support services are good.""Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""Nimble is easy to use, but hard to install. Once it's installed, it's user-friendly. Reporting is another advantage because we get a lot of statistical forecasting. It helps us see into the future with that."

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"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently.""Having the ability to migrate machines live in our environment was made possible by this software.""The management and monitoring have been very easy since the solution's dashboard is very simple and user-friendly.""It has improved our organization in terms of its uptime as our main cluster has never been offline due to a SAN failure.""The ability to run a two-node cluster without a dedicated witness has made this an excellent product for small deployments, which is right on target for our needs in regional offices.""The main benefit is that StarWind is almost maintenance-free.""The customer support provided by StarWind is excellent."

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"The product is expensive.""They should improve just the support.""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.""I rate Nimble one out of 10 for ease of setup. Setting up Nimble Storage was a nightmare. It took us three months to deal with all the kinks and bugs. We had two people from HPE assisting us and two from our team.""The product's active controller feature needs improvement.""The performance of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI could improve. Other solutions, such as Cisco, are better.""The solution must be hypervisor-agnostic.""Software upgrade is still more complicated than the competitors, so that's an area of improvement."

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"The platform needs to improve user management and the web console.""The software could benefit from more tooling to help with initial deployment.""I'd prefer it if a remote console was provided.""StarWind Command Center's single-pane management solution only works with Hyper-V.""One main thing this product needs to work on is reporting.""There should be publicly available tutorials on YouTube or other platforms that help the users to integrate this solution with other platforms, for example.""While StarWind.com excels in numerous areas, there are a couple of notable functionalities that it currently lacks. One of these is duplication, which could be an invaluable feature for data redundancy and backup purposes. The ability to duplicate data across different storage locations can be crucial for safeguarding against data loss, and its absence is a minor limitation in an otherwise stellar offering.""A better overall view of the different deployments could be beneficial, although this is difficult due to how flexible the solution is."

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  • "The cost of the licensing is reasonable."
  • "The price of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is expensive."
  • "HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is much cheaper than the competition and has value proposition. Customers can see an ROI in three months. There are no additional costs, and VMware licenses can be reutilized."
  • "With the features that HPE Nimble Storage dHCI provides, I cannot say its pricing is more."
  • "The product is very affordable."
  • "I would rate the licensing model a three out of ten, where one is extremely expensive, and ten is cheap."
  • "The product is costly."
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  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:With regards to performance, configuration, and longevity it is upgradeable, which means it has a good TCO rate. These are valuable aspects to me.
    Top Answer:The pricing is expensive. I would rate the licensing model a three out of ten, where one is extremely expensive, and ten is cheap.
    Top Answer:Software upgrade is still more complicated than the competitors, so that's an area of improvement. In future releases, HPE can add some advanced features like those we can see on some HP devices like… more »
    Top Answer:We like their high availability. It reduces the downtime for our entire organization's environment.
    Top Answer:The Premium ProActive service price is a little high, yet worth the price.
    Top Answer:It is hard to find adequate technical documentation on their support website. However, they have a fantastic technical forum and Premium ProActive email support services. We can find a lot of… more »
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    Nimble Storage dHCI
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    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.

    StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.

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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company33%
    Outsourcing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Training & Coaching Company11%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business82%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise9%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 11th in HCI with 15 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in HCI with 98 reviews. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 7.8, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "A scalable product that provides zero downtime and enables organizations to manage their infrastructure from a single console". 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 VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and VxRail, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StorMagic SvSAN and HPE StoreVirtual. See our HPE Nimble Storage dHCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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