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"StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The virtual tapes can be uploaded to the object storage of your choice with object locking/governance which gives you an extra layer of protection.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""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 vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""High Availability is the best feature of product."

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"It's a very nice solution. It's a complete solution that we are looking for because we don't have personnel with expertise.""The compression and deduplication ratio.""Its ease of use is valuable. It is being used in a mining company. They wanted their working nodes to be seamless, and they wanted ease of use. That's why they opted for SimpliVity. They are running VMware virtual machines on it.""The solution is scalable.""The feature that I like the most is the backup feature embedded inside the HPE SimpliVity. When we have any activity, within five minutes, we have a backup. It also has PDR for performing disaster recovery.""Its performance is quite good, and it is also easy to use. One of the biggest benefits is the included backup solution.""Its performance and availability are most valuable.""The solution has integrated backup features that are useful."

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

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Cons
"The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""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.""Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."

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"There are a lot of different components to choose from in the chassis. This could be easier by providing a standard or a base model to create and configure from.""An area for improvement would be the flexibility of server configuration.""The installation is quite easy but it could still be improved.""To install or to update it is more complicated than other solutions.""The Omni Card consumes a lot of memory and CPU.""The initial setup is not that easy.""Product doesn't scale.""The product is expensive."

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"The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases.""Support could be better."

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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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  • "It is not too expensive, but it is quite expensive for me."
  • "It is expensive for this market. Everyone says that it is a very good product, but the only complaint is about the price."
  • "We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software."
  • "The price is one of the biggest problems our customers have."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis. The licensing cost also includes vCenter at a cost in the cloud solution."
  • "The hardware is expensive. For the same price, Cisco can provide more hardware specifications for us."
  • "The solution can be expensive if you are using a lot of nodes."
  • "The product is expensive."
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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 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:HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
    Top Answer:I like SimpliVity because it can be adapted for small clients or the biggest ones. It's flexible.
    Top Answer:SimpliVity's price is excellent. You can get a good discount on the price, which is important for a small client… more »
    Top Answer:Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days.
    Top Answer:You need to pay a license for additional features. If we need to monitor hardware for the automatic alert notification… more »
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    Also Known As
    SimpliVity, HPE HCI
    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 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:

    • Flexible, compact architecture
    • Centralized management
    • AI-driven intelligence
    • Built-in data protection and disaster recovery
    • VM-centric management and mobility
    • Simple to deploy, manage, and scale

    HPE SimpliVity Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing HPE SimpliVity. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Efficient: HPE SimpliVity helps reduce the number of devices in your data center while also decreasing the total cost of ownership.
    • Cloud benefits with enterprise capabilities: When your enterprise deploys HPE SimpliVity, you gain the agility, elasticity, and affordability offered by cloud computing.
    • Affordable and flexible: The solution provides IT teams with the performance, reliability, and resiliency of on-premises infrastructure. HPE SimpliVity allows them to start virtualizing their enterprise while also keeping sensitive data safe.
    • Reduced risk of data loss: Because HPE SimpliVity is a powerful solution with built-in resiliency, backup, and disaster recovery, it is able to provide advanced data protection that reduces your organization’s risk of data loss and also lowers the risk of ransomware attacks.
    • Speed: HPE SimpliVity gives you the ability to deploy blocks and manage VM environments quickly and easily by using the VMware interface. In addition, the solution allows you to quickly view all data centers and remote offices within a single interface.

    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.”

    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
    Red Bull Racing, Mandarin Oriental, Brigham Young University, UCLA, Merlin Entertainments, Sasa Cosmetics, Travelport, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Princess House
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hyper-Converged (HCI)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, VMware, Dell Technologies and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: June 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 60 reviews while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HPE SimpliVity writes "Phenomenal deduplication and compression, good support, and works on its own". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE Hyper Converged.

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