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HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Support keeps track of alerts of the system and verifies with us if we need help to fix any issues. They have great and quick technical support.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""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.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""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."

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"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.""Up scaling is very possible, and at any time it is scalable.""The configuration capabilities are good.""It is easy to set up.""Its simplicity is most valuable. The management is easy, and you don't have to have a lot of knowledge about storage, network, etc. It is simple to manage and simple to implement, and that's its key feature.""We have not had any problem with customer support at SimpliVity.""The most valuable features are replication and backup.""I like HPE SimpliVity's hard disk compression capabilities. The data is compressed into very little space or volume. I think that the principal value of HP SimpliVity is its capacity to compress the data, and I'm saving a lot of disk space using SimpliVity."

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"We were able to set it up via the documentation and only needed their support a handful of times.""It improved all services running on the new cluster and took up less space and less energy.""It did not hurt that the price for the hardware and three years of support cost less than the disparate hardware the cluster used to run on.""How quickly the StarWind solution replicates also gives us the confidence to know that in the event of catastrophic failure of any piece of hardware, we won't be far behind before things went wrong.""Live migration between nodes was quick and simple.""The low cost of this solution has also made a big difference in our budget, which has been very helpful.""With proactive support, StarWind deploys and configures the solution for you.""It is a safe, fast, and cost-effective storage system that improved our systems to have zero downtime."

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Cons
"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.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""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.""I had to buy upgraded support, which was not a problem, but it wasn't a prorated amount, so I paid for the support, the full upgrade, but I only got a couple of months out of it because it was only good until renewal time.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN."

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"The solution could have an optimization site.""There is a file size limitation when you want to do an individual file restore, but they might have resolved this in newer versions. As I'm taking backups at the VM server level, I can restore a file from any one of those without standing up the VM, and I can restore it to any mounted VM that I want. The problem is that there is a file size limitation. It becomes problematic when I'm trying to restore. When I want to restore a backup of a SQL database, my backups are considerably larger than 10 gigs. So, the only way to restore that backup file is to mount the entire VM somewhere and then copy it, which doesn't take long at all.""Its deployment should be easier.""The installation is quite easy but it could still be improved.""Its performance can be faster.""Once you select the size of SimpliVity, it could be risky for you to downsize it because you may need maybe to reimplement some things.""The local support in Argentina is not good. This is a new technology and HP doesn't have a lot of technology specialists here in Argentina. It's very hard to find the specialist here.""I would like some reporting about backup and replication."

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"An emphasis on security can be improved.""I think that the pre-installation questionnaire was a little confusing and ambiguous.""Updates need improvement.""The management console could use a facelift.""The truth is that the operation and support offered is good, but we consider that the product's usability could improve, as well as the data resynchronization time after an unexpected closure.""The only area that the product could improve would be user training.""Perhaps the initial configuration and documentation could be a little clearer and simpler to follow.""It would be nice if the software told you a new version was available and prompted you to do the upgrade to keep everything up to date."

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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 product is expensive."
  • "It is not expensive. We bought its license for two years. For support, we pay yearly."
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  • "It's an all in one package, making it very easy."
  • "We didn't have any issue with pricing or any of the sales process."
  • "The HCA price is all-inclusive (setup, hardware, support, warranty), except for your standard Microsoft Server licensing."
  • "I was able to bring the price per year down by going out to a five-year plan."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… 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:The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network… more »
    Top Answer:My only concern was with the terms and conditions of the proactive support. Our legal department didn't accept them, so… more »
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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.”

    For SMB, ROBO and Enterprises, who look to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer. The HCA supports scale-up by adding disks and flash, and scale-out by adding extra nodes.

    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance consists of StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN “Ready Nodes”, targeting those, who are building their virtualization infrastructure from scratch. In case there is an existing set of servers, we offer a “software only version”, which is essentially our years proven StarWind Virtual SAN. Basically, it’s the fuel powering StarWind HCA. 

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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
    Sears Home and Franchise Business
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Construction Company8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Non Profit5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Construction Company12%
    Transportation Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Non Profit6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business62%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Buyer's Guide
    HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE SimpliVity is ranked 4th in HCI with 60 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in HCI with 37 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. 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 StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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