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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 15, 2022

We performed a comparison between HPE SimpliVity and VxRail based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, users of HPE SimpliVity feel that the tasks of configuring, deploying, and maintaining HPE SimpliVity are complex and require certified staff from HPE. VxRail’s deployment, on the other hand, is considered to be easy and straightforward.
  • Features: HPE SimpliVity’s users find it to be stable and point out that it has many valuable features, including an easy-to-navigate centralized interface and automatic backup and replication. However, reviewers say that HPE SimpliVity’s ability to integrate with other platforms could definitely be improved. Furthermore, users feel the speed at which it recovers and backs up data is slow and could be improved.

    Among VxRail’s most valuable features are its ability to be managed centrally through VxRail Manager, it’s ability to  be upgraded with ease, and its high level of stability. Reviewers of VxRail feel that it should be able to integrate        hyper-cloud, which would enable users to scale in and out of the cloud. They also feel that it should offer a larger      number of integrations for other digital products. Finally, they feel that the software is difficult for somebody that    does not have a tech background to use.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions note that they are expensive to use. One user of HPE SimpliVity specifically states that it is more expensive than VxRail.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions note that, for the most part, they are supported by excellent technological support teams.

Comparison of Results: Based on the parameters we compared, VxRail seems to be the superior solution. Our reviewers found HPE SimpliVity to be more difficult to deploy and more expensive to purchase than VxRail.

To learn more, read our detailed HPE SimpliVity vs. VxRail Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""The StarWind Virtual SAN provides a clever and unique solution to the Computing Split Brain problem.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The installation of StarWind Virtual SAN was pretty easy, and the configuration was done in no time.""It provided the much-needed HA on an extremely low budget.""StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software.""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.""With an uptime of 384 days, StarWind has improved overall server reliability."

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"PCX card implementation improves speed.""The setup is very easy.""I have found backup and replication to be useful. We have a 10 megabit line between the data center and our main site. The backup and replication are very good. Additionally, the solution runs on VMware which is a benefit.""The HPE SimpliVity disc compression is very valuable.""The initial setup is simple.""There is no single feature that's the most valuable. All of SimpliVity's components work together to make daily operations easier for our customers.""I like SimpliVity because it can be adapted for small clients or the biggest ones. It's flexible.""It's much more simple than Nutanix and other hyper-converged solutions, at least from our point of view."

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"Updating the product has been very easy.""Low-maintenance solution with hyperscale feature so it has the ability to utilize the resources for the VMware cluster setup on which Citrix VDA runs.""Our clients value being able to upgrade with one click or a few clicks.""The stability is very nice. We haven't had any issues with the cluster. The cluster is very stable. No problems with slowness. Everything has been stable. It was well-architectured.""The ease of deployment and management of the solution are the most valuable aspects of the product.""It improved from an operations standpoint as we have reduced failures compared to a previous vendor. The hardware that we previously used had a lot of issues with components failing regularly.""Enterprise is a complete solution that includes performance, backups and disaster recovery.""VxRail has high performance and has great efficiency. There is a single place for us to manage all of our virtual machines. The ability to right-size instead of overcommit VMs is a large benefit."

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Cons
"There is no IPv6 support. That is our only issue at this time.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""It would be good to have a little more access to control certain aspects within the UI.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""StarWind really needs to market its product more."

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"The way that it handles the memory could be better.""Our customers are always looking or a discount on the product.""The interface is good but takes some time to get used to.""We had some hardware compatibility issues with the earlier versions of HPE SimpliVity. We upgraded to the latest version a few months ago, and since then, there is no hardware failure, and it is better. They don't provide a portal to create a ticket directly for the HPE SimpliVity. We have a web portal to create a ticket when we have an issue, but for HPE SimpliVity, we need to call the local vendor for support. If they are not able to resolve the issue, they contact the global support, which takes more time. Technology is moving very fast, and everybody nowadays is focusing on the cloud base. In the future, they should integrate it with the cloud base for the backup.""The fact that it is tied to a certain hardware platform would probably be the bigger negative versus just being able to buy something off the shelf.""There may be issues around scaling.""Product doesn't scale.""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."

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"Deployment was not initially straightforward for us. We had an incompatibility issue that was very difficult for Dell Professional Service to solve.""There could be better documentation and they should allow everyone to access the simulator.""In the next release, I would like to see our graphical user interface allow us to manage VxRail clusters and everything on a single pane of glass where I can monitor and shut down the server, similar to a VxRail manager.""The most important thing that I want to be included in this solution is the VMware license. Its deployment time can be quicker so that instead of 40 minutes, it takes 10 minutes.""It would be nice if its installation can be simplified, but it is currently not too bad. They can provide deduplication and compression in hybrid configurations. To the best of my knowledge, these features are not there, and it would be nice if these are added. Some of its competitors already have these features, so it will help VxRail to have a better feature set and compete more effectively.""It would be an improvement if VxRail could be integrated with some other hypervisors and not just with VMware.""The solution could improve by having more storage performance because in some other solutions you can have a file system that can be mounted at several places at one time.""The cost is quite high. It's a very expensive solution to run."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
  • "StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
  • "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."
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  • "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."
  • "In terms of the licenses, customers do not actually get any benefit."
  • "The licensing cost could be lower."
  • "Licensing costs are on a monthly basis. There are additional costs."
  • "It's a costly solution and is more expensive than VxRail."
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  • "The price would be in the middle to the expensive range. It is not cheap."
  • "At about $200,000, this solution is a little bit pricey but it is more economical than others such as Nutanix or Cisco Hyperflex."
  • "VxRail is not cheap, but it's not expensive either."
  • "This is an expensive product and that should be considered a point to be improved."
  • "The solution is competitively priced but it is expensive. However, this is expected as we are a corporate enterprise and we need this environment."
  • "The licensing of vSAN and VMware for different editions of VxRail is not easy."
  • "The solution can be pricey depending on the project."
  • "It has a yearly subscription. It can be for one year, three years, or five years."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    Top Answer:I like SimpliVity because it can be adapted for small clients or the biggest ones. It's flexible.
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    SimpliVity, HPE HCI
    VCE VxRail
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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.”

    VxRail is a hyper-converged appliance based on VMware virtual SAN Software and is jointly engineered and built with VMware, for VMware, to enhance Vmware. VxRail software-defined architecture simplifies compute, storage, virtualization, and management. It will safeguard performance, reliability, and flexibility across your organization with a broad range of workloads and applications from business-critical to next-gen. With VxRail, you are covered.

    VxRail is a single turn-key appliance that is a validated, fully integrated, pre-configured,  pre-tested solution and offers non-disruptive scaling. Every node includes compute storage and IO. All-flash configurations can contain between 12-28 cores per node. The storage capacity options run from 7.6 TB to 19TB with either 256 GB or 512GB of memory. Hybrid appliances may have 6-20 cores per node, 3.6 TB to 10 TB of storage capacity, and 24GB to 256 GB of memory. 

    VxRail offers high availability fail-over, an active/active stretch cluster, and VSan Kernal integration. VxRail is a power-edged server with APIs built on automation. There are over 15 million different combinations of hardware available with VxRail. VxRail provides a simple, cost-effective solution that solves a large range of use cases. Additionally, you also get a mixed workloads automated system that is backed with fully automated system updates, and complete end-to-end lifecycle management all in a single two-rack appliance. 

    VxRail is a value-added suitable solution for distributed small to mid-sized enterprises, remote offices, private clouds, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). You choose the deployment option that best suits your organizational needs, from appliance to integrated rack offerings, with or without networking, and it will be delivered to you, ready to deploy out-of-box. 

    If you know VMware, you know VxRail.

    VxRail Features and Benefits

    • Seamlessly accelerate deployment to a hybrid cloud 
    • Fast data center modernization
    • Create developer-ready Kubernetes platforms
    • Powerful performance and reliability
    • Improve and simplify operational efficiency
    • Excellent integration 
    • Save time
    • Reduce costs

    Reviews from Real Users

    VxRail is an all-in-one solution: "You don't have to worry too much about the hardware and you don't have to work on integrating a storage device. We instead have this as an all-in-one solution and everything is available as a box."

    VxRail is remarkable: “The cover points feature in VxRail is remarkable. It's unique. It has an intervention failover system as well as an automatic failover system, reaching clusters existing in VxRail…

    VxRail is a powerful performer: “...VxRail delivers a very high number of IOPS for a hybrid configuration or an all-flash configuration. The processors that are available in the Xeon family are very powerful. They are multi-core with typically 2 gigahertz, 2.4 gigahertz, or higher frequency, so the performance is very much appreciated.” 

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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
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE SimpliVity vs. VxRail
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE SimpliVity vs. VxRail and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    HPE SimpliVity is ranked 5th in HCI with 55 reviews while VxRail is ranked 3rd in HCI with 70 reviews. HPE SimpliVity is rated 8.2, while VxRail is rated 8.6. 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 VxRail writes "Good automation makes this solution practical". HPE SimpliVity is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas VxRail is most compared with VMware vSAN, Dell PowerFlex, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE Hyper Converged. See our HPE SimpliVity vs. VxRail report.

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