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"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""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."

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"In general, being able to patch and not having to pay for SanDisk is the best thing about hyper-converged.""The best feature of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is the central management of all of our resources. Additionally, it is easy to use""One of the most valuable features is that it can be applied at any scale.""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.""There are a lot of features in Nutanix that are different from other hyper-converged solutions, such as site-to-site replication. VM-based site-to-site replication is bundled with the software licensing. For the DR, it has the availability groups, which is one of the key features that Nutanix provides.""It supports multi-cloud integration that includes AWS, Google, and Azure.""The solution remains stable across versions.""Technical support is okay."

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"The most valuable feature is the customization. With the customization you can really give the customers what they want."

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"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""It would be helpful if StarWind provided more precise and detailed documentation explaining how to configure the solution in various scenarios, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.""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.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."

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"Nutanix Acropolis AOS could improve by adding some NAS features, similar to the ones that are available in the NetApp solution.""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.""The pricing of the solution is too high. It needs to be adjusted or lowered to be more competitive.""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.""I feel like the flow chart and the automated processes have some room for improvement. They're nearly there, and the rest is fine. They've improved a lot over the past few years.""I would like to see official compatibility with Red Hat in the future.""As far as what could be improved, they have some built-in backup functions already, but any built-in isolation features like vision security features and free LAN features become a security concern.""It would be great if they could improve the GUI features."

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"The line migration is a problem."

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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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    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

    OpenStack is an open and scalable cloud operating system for building public and private clouds. It provides both large and small organizations an alternative to closed cloud environments, reducing the risk of lock-in associated with proprietary platforms.
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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Government7%
    Media Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 70 reviews while Rackspace OpenStack is ranked 5th in Converged Infrastructure with 1 review. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.8, while Rackspace OpenStack is rated 8.0. 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 Rackspace OpenStack writes "Highly customizable private cloud solution". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas Rackspace OpenStack is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Dell PowerEdge VRTX.

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