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Pros
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."

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"A great feature involves real-time hardware changes.""The solution is well integrated with other vendors.""The scalability is great.""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.""In the world of IT operations, there is a lot of noise. Traditionally, systems would generate a great deal of alerts, events, and notifications, often leading to the operator either a) not seeing critical alerts since they are lost in the noise or b) disregarding the alerts/events.""In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged.""The ease of deployment is very good.""It is 100% stable. It's the most stable infrastructure that we have."

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"We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin.""The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.""The availability and ease of use are the big features.""The speed is one of the most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray.""This solution is very scalable.""It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use.""We've been using FlashArray's snapshot for backups. Their replication across sites and response time are also excellent."

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Cons
"If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""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.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."

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"The only problem is that not many operating systems are supported on the AOS hypervisor. They need to probably increase the support on multiple operating systems. As of now, a very limited number of operating systems and patch levels are supported on AOS.""Setup can be a little difficult""Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution.""I would like to see them utilize the spare storage that they use as a redundant space. I feel that now a lot of resources are wasted just for standby purposes because we are using data protection. Instead of utilizing those resources only when something happens, they can have an alternative so that we can utilize these resources all the time.""USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix.""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.""There is a need is to be able to consume Nutanix storage from outside the cluster for other, non-Nutanix workloads.""The new features are not free. You need to pay for each feature."

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"The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""CIFS and SMB Shares cannot be mounted directly.""Its price could be cheaper. It is not the cheapest one out there, but I'm not directly involved in the figures and negotiations.""I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more.""Areas for improvement would be the financial operations. In the next release, I would like to see a NAS protocol included.""Data reduction is an area that needs improvement. There is a garbage collection service that runs but during that time, system utilization increases.""A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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    We've been using FlashArray's snapshot for backups. Their replication across sites and response time are also excellent… 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.

    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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    Healthcare Company6%
    Construction Company6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 68 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, 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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