Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

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We performed a comparison between Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"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.""It provided the much-needed HA on an extremely low budget.""The installation of StarWind Virtual SAN was pretty easy, and the configuration was done in no time.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""The management was very easy and I was able to find all that I need in the software dashboard.""Having the ability to migrate machines live in our environment was made possible by this software.""It eliminates the use of expensive physical shared storage.""In our case, the cost and high availability are the two most important factors which we were looking for in a solution."

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"Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series' deployment is easy. We are a tier-one platinum partner who is into multiple implementations.""Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days."

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"Having this all backed up by pro-active support gives us good peace of mind.""The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation.""The solution has easily deployed instances for multiple fast-paced projects.""The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched.""With proactive support, StarWind deploys and configures the solution for you.""Live migration between nodes was quick and simple.""The product runs wonderfully and has already gone through several failure tests.""We run probably 16 virtual machines, and all of them are now highly available, and highly redundant."

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"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""The console is something that I believe could be enhanced.""The gathering of monthly consumption and performance reports for future dissemination to concerned parties is very important. Unfortunately, StarWinds vSAN doesn't offer this functionality.""We have, in rare cases, received conflicting guidance between different support folks within StarWind.""A web management interface would be good, especially for those coming from other solutions that have one.""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.""While we had little to no issues in setting up StarWind and received excellent support from the StarWind technicians, we would have appreciated a clearer guideline for a setup with the free version of StarWind Management Console or, in other words - for the setup with the PowerShell.""I would say that the documentation is mostly great, however, some features could be expanded upon a bit."

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"Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series needs to improve its stability. Its resolution should be faster.""Support could be better."

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"Although the setup documentation was very complete and succinct, I found StarWind documentation to be a bit sparse.""Perhaps the initial configuration and documentation could be a little clearer and simpler to follow.""Maybe they could have a support portal that you can have direct access to a current support representative.""The StarWind Command Center web portal could use some work.""The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification.""The only thing that can use improvement is the StarWind Management Console and Command Center.""At times there has been a language barrier when communicating issues.""I'd like a better UI and some limitations on "breaking it.""

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
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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."
  • "The tool's pricing is competitive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We like their high availability. It reduces the downtime for our entire organization's environment.
    Top Answer:The Premium ProActive service price is a little high, yet worth the price.
    Top Answer:It is hard to find adequate technical documentation on their support website. However, they have a fantastic technical… more »
    Top Answer:Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series' deployment is easy. We are a tier-one platinum partner who is into multiple… more »
    Top Answer:Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series needs to improve its stability. Its resolution should be faster.
    Top Answer:StarWind's proactive support is my favorite feature.
    Top Answer:Keep in mind that StarWind VMs for the vSAN will take up 24GB of memory per host. If you do decide to go with StarWind… more »
    Top Answer:I honestly don't have anything to complain about. Nothing is perfect, though, over the past three years, there were two… more »
    Also Known As
    StarWind SAN & NAS
    Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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    StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.

    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.

    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
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    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Construction Company12%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Transportation Company8%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise14%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise8%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 16th in HCI with 2 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in HCI with 36 reviews. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 9.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Quick installation and useful for Oracle database and file server". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Excellent support and documentation with flexible pricing". Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), StorMagic SvSAN, Dell PowerFlex, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.

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