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"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization."

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"Performing a Nutanix software upgrade is a very simple and non-disruptive process.""Everything is core centralized on the UI.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage.""One of the most valuable features of Nutanix is that it's easy to use. I love this solution—it's easy to maintain and update, and I think it's almost perfect.""Its most valuable feature is simplicity. It is so easy to use. Upgrades are easy. It is easy in terms of disaster recovery, failover, database provisioning, and reporting. Everything about it is just simple.""It has a user-friendly dashboard and interface.""It is all-in-one. The compute processing, storage, and network altogether make it convenient. We don't have to have different modules for expansion.""The most valuable feature is Move, which allows you to migrate virtual machines from VM to AHV."

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"The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""Technical support has been amazing.""I like the speed, and I like the API and how programmable it is.""The availability and ease of use are the big features.""It's just very easy for general block storage.""One of the features that my customers are really interested in is immutable snapshots. There are immutable snapshots to which your applications can be reverted back if you are hit by some kind of ransomware threat or malicious attack. That's kind of a key deal, and it is one of the selling points I use to point out to my customers the value and the features that Pure Storage brings to the table.""This is the best all-flash storage array on the market.""The solution offers amazing performance."

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Cons
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."

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"We had a few problems with the foundation machine that you can use to build your systems out. We've got it working now, but it should be improved.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is new technology in a competitive market. Pricing is too high for a new product and requires better discounts to be able to compete with IBM, Dell EMC, and HP.""The technology has a lot of room for improvement. For example, when they want to segment applications in conjunction with NSX, which VMware uses, Acropolis is not compatible with the competitors. The integration in the security layer is not compatible with NSX for the application segmentation that uses VMware.""Pricing and varieties of options could be better.""In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us.""One thing to keep in mind is that only experts can use it. It has to be in the proper hands, instead of going to XYZ people just for some cost savings. So lift-and-shift and migrations might be tricky, because it is not like a VMware.""One disadvantage of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is it doesn't support external storage. Connecting external SAN storage to Nutanix, it's not supported.""There is a lot of functionality in Prism Central, but sometimes you want to see those features in Prism Element."

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"The solution could improve by having a multi-tenant feature.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""Larger capacity and more storage ports would be the two things I'd like to see.""We understand that they're thinking about it, but one of the things that would be nice is if they added some basic file-level capabilities to the platform. The idea is that they would run a basic NFS or CIF share from the controllers. FlashBlade is the powerhouse for File and Object storage, but if you don't need all that power, a lightweight file function would make FlashArrays more versatile.""The price could be better.""FlashArray's capacity for forecasting should be improved because it needs to be a bit more current. I think it's bundled with the deduplication and other compression factors. We need more user interfaces for forecasting in this software and more interfaces need to be integrated with this array management tool.""The solution is not cheap.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."

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  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."
  • "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."
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  • "AHV is free! This is a great feature that should be taken advantage of."
  • "The licensing costs are a bit expensive but when you compare the features, it's reasonable."
  • "This product is less expensive than some of the competing HCI solutions."
  • "Its price is fine. I can't really complain about that."
  • "My advice is to get the ultimate license, as it is worth it."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very competitive and TCO is very low compared to three-tier solutions."
  • "Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
  • "The pricing is fair for the package."
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  • "Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."
  • "The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more."
  • "They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good."
  • "We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee."
  • "My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing."
  • "There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution."
  • "Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
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    The pricing is okay. We pay to license on a yearly basis. It's just a standard fee with no extra costs.
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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.

    Nutanix delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. Nutanix’s software-driven Xtreme Computing Platform natively converges compute, virtualization and storage into a single solution to drive simplicity in the datacenter. Using Nutanix, customers benefit from predictable performance, linear scalability and cloud-like infrastructure consumption.

    For more information visit: www.nutanix.com

    Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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    Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 73 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Nutanix Acropolis AOS writes "What you might not know about Nutanix that makes it so unique". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Dell EMC PowerFlex, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe.

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