HPE SimpliVity vs Scale Computing HC3 comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

StarWind Virtual SAN
Ranking in HCI
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Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st)
HPE SimpliVity
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Scale Computing HC3
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.1%, up from 1.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of HPE SimpliVity is 9.1%, down from 11.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Scale Computing HC3 is 0.6%, down from 1.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Apr 14, 2021
Helpful and proactive support, offers full redundancy, and is cost-effective
StarWind Virtual SAN has been a welcomed addition to my network Overall, StarWinds vSAN is a cost-saving storage option with top-notch support. The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space. I can focus on other IT needs now, rather than having to worry about…
Xavier Perez - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 3, 2024
Has a deployment phase that is straightforward but needs improvement in the area of scalability
The main issue with HPE SimpliVity is that you are very attached to VMware or VMware dependencies because the tool works with VMware technology. HPE SimpliVity is an add-on from VMware. Nowadays, my company has a lot of concerns about VMware's licensing policy. Another big concern of the tool is related to security because one has to continuously update patch vulnerabilities that are appearing continuously in VMware's different versions. Actually, the foundation of all the architecture is VMware and that is one of the main issues with the tool. My company is analyzing our virtual infrastructure strategy to see if we can move to Nutanix because maybe it may work better and might have another approach. Nutanix is absolutely independent of VMware. I could add that since HPE SimpliVity is very precisely dependent on VMware, it is not open to containers unlike Nutanix, for example. The aforementioned area is a concern that needs to be resolved by HPE.
Benjamin Bodenehim - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 19, 2023
The solution is user-friendly, stable, and easy to deploy
The primary use case is to create our own cloud and virtualization out of the cloud The most valuable feature of the solution is the nice GUI. The solution has a lot of user-friendly features. The snapshot technology takes up 500 times more space compared to other solutions. The snapshots are…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The fact that we can expand our storage and add on to our compute nodes easily and how amazing the StarWind technical support team is really adding value to our purchase."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"The ease of reaching the support team and their promptness for support is great."
"Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to grow rapidly while still providing flexibility and reliability."
"It provided the much-needed HA on an extremely low budget."
"The product's core feature of virtualizing our storage is by far the most valuable."
"It eliminates the use of expensive physical shared storage."
"The accelerator card is a lifesaver for speeding up backups."
"Best for companies just starting out."
"The feature that I have found most valuable is the backup recovery."
"No SAN switches and having a native backup is pretty cool."
"Its deduplication and backup functions are reliable."
"What I appreciate most about HPE SimpliVity is its seamless integration of hardware."
"SimpliVity's console is useful."
"The solution has integrated backup features that are useful."
"The product's initial setup phase is too easy."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is the nice GUI."
"The solution is scalable."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"I like that Scale Computing HCR is slimmed down and gives me the features I need and not features that I don't need."
"I rate Scale Computing support 10 out of 10. They're accessible and responsive."
"The most valuable feature of Scale Computing HC3 is if one of the devices fails, you won't even notice, the service maintains operation. The customers don't have to waste two, or three days on delays. Additionally, you do not have to waste time with recovery software, it is a lot easier."
"The most valuable features are the appliance-type feel and that you don't need additional licenses as everything is built-in."


"I would like to see improvements in the documentation area."
"I would like to see more monitoring and alert tools."
"The platform needs to improve user management and the web console."
"There is a general lack of documentation, especially up-to-date documentation to get started."
"Our company was hoping for deduplication and encryption across HCI. That is currently not supported."
"I would like to see more user-friendly dashboards in future versions."
"Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet."
"Updates seem to be non-existent."
"The product is expensive."
"File level restores work well, but indexing will help make the process faster."
"They could have better-specialized support for more countries."
"The technical support is weak. It is a layered product. It has a software solution on top of the SimpliVity solution, which is built on top of the hardware of the HPE DL380s. When we call for a problem that we know is related to the DL380, we get a SimpliVity guy trying to solve a SimpliVity problem. If it is not a SimpliVity problem, it's a hardware problem. So, it takes awhile for them to figure out which part of the organization should really be helping us."
"The stability and scalability of the product are areas of concern where improvements are required."
"The setup was complex, as it has multiple integrations with multiple orients."
"​I have some worries about the support after the acquisition. ​The support was better before HPE acquired SimpliVity."
"There is room for improvement in the operations area because the support for that server space is minimal."
"The snapshot technology takes up 500 times more space compared to other solutions."
"On the fly, you cannot do anything on Scale Computing HC3, though it is a very rarely needed area."
"Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."
"The product struggles to cope with bigger workloads. In the next release, I'd like some backup solutions to be added."
"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node."
"I would like bigger clusters with more than eight nodes."
"The product could use a better control center."
"Scale Computing HC3 said in an announcement they were going to integrate with a backup service which would be good. If they could do this it would be beneficial."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward."
"The license is reusable. We can always rebuild it and apply the license. Then, boom, we get new servers, apply the license, and we're back up and running."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
"The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
"Its licensing is yearly."
"We bought this solution as a package that included all of the hardware and all of the software."
"We're paying $3,000-$4,000 a month."
"Its licensing is quite easy. There is a model license, but it depends on the system you buy. There are no extra costs. There is only one license."
"ESXi licensing is a big part of initial investment if you do not already have that covered."
"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."
"For most use cases, look to see if you can use all-flash as the price point, as it has come down significantly."
"The product is worth the money, but I would not say it's very cheap or very expensive."
"rate HC3's pricing a five out of ten since it is affordable."
"I give the pricing a nine out of ten."
"I pay for Scale Computing HC3 and it includes customer service for one year. We paid for an additional year for customer service but that includes the updates and everything for the software. Additionally, the licensing is for Windows, which is the same for everybody."
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Top Industries

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combin...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. Du...
How does HPE Simplivity compare with VMware vSAN?
HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We resea...
What do you like most about HPE SimpliVity?
The solution's technical support is good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for HPE SimpliVity?
HPE SimpliVity is much more affordable than Nutanix or VMware vSAN, which are HPE's typical competitors. I don't have...
What do you like most about Scale Computing HC3?
The product's initial setup phase is too easy.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Scale Computing HC3?
The product is worth the money, but I would not say it's very cheap or very expensive. Considering the value and budg...
What needs improvement with Scale Computing HC3?
Some features go well with other tools like VMware, where making something on the fly or making some changes on the f...

Also Known As

StarWind SAN & NAS
SimpliVity, HPE HCI
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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
Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum
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