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HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""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 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."

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"The most valuable feature is that the product has an inborn backup.""The access, high availability, and interface are the most valuable and important for us. There is one interface for the whole product, which is very important because you have a single pane to view all the infrastructure of a customer. You can improve your data recovery plan or DRP, or you can make a special emergency plan if a disk has any problem.""HPE SimpliVity is a very valuable and effective solution. It's also a scalable solution. As the customer requirements and application requirements increase, it can scale to accommodate them.""The compression and deduplication ratio.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""The pricing of the solution is very good.""The backup feature is valuable, and replication is also valuable. It is very quick and easy to use.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use and the storage virtualization layer, together with the built-in backups."

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"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.""It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier."

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Cons
"I would like an automated installation/configuration despite the fact that their service is very collaborative, a customer should be able to deploy the solution by themselves.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues."

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"I think the licensing cost could be lower.""Once I am onto the SimpliVity environment, I always have to go with HP because I am somewhat blocked, like Apple. Secondly, if I want to increase only storage, I need to buy an entire computing node for that, an entire HCI node.""An area for improvement would be the flexibility of server configuration.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved because if you need more storage then you have to add more nodes.""The centric management could be simplified or more user-friendly.""I'm not a technical guy, and I am pretty much okay with the way it is, but it would help if it was closest to Nutanix in Gartner's Magic Quadrants. Nutanix very often beats us. Nutanix provides Acropolis for free. It probably would be great if we have a virtualization layer. It is something that might be lacking in our solution. We depend on VMware, and it is very expensive. It is lacking the software that allows us to install it with HPE and not depend on a third party.""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.""I think that they should have their own hyper-converged system."

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"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.""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."

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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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  • "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
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    The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.
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    I'd advise new users to just do some homework on what they need. Pick out hardware that can support it and get a… more »
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    The price is the key aspect (yet not at the expense of reliability and stability). It is not so easy to find an aspect… more »
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    HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… more »
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    I like SimpliVity because it can be adapted for small clients or the biggest ones. It's flexible.
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    SimpliVity's price is excellent. You can get a good discount on the price, which is important for a small client… more »
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    It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier.
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    Its price is comparable to the competitors in the market.
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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… more »
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    SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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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.”

    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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    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
    American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Non Profit7%
    Renewables & Environment Company5%
    Healthcare Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Retailer7%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Transportation Company16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Insurance Company11%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise16%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise46%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business5%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise81%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    595,546 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 60 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 17th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while NetApp HCI is rated 6.6. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. NetApp HCI report.

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