"PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts."
"It is extremely stable."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"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 ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"Acropolis has a great interface and lots of management features packaged with it at an affordable price."
"The initial setup was quite straightforward."
"The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool."
"The most valuable feature of Nutanix Acropolis AOS is it has centralized management."
"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."
"Nutanix has several unique capabilities to ensure linear scalability."
"Ability to create multiple VMs."
"The features that I have found most valuable include its HA facility, viability, robustness, flexibility, it's time to go live is very short, and it has a friendly user interface."
"This product has very good performance when it comes to virtualization storage and works well with solutions such as SAP HANA, Exadata, Hadoop, and Big Data Analytics."
"It uncoupled the idea of proprietary technology and component capabilities. It is basically a proprietary technology for a cost-effective infrastructure."
"Stretched Cluster is one of the big features that we use across multiple data centers."
"VMware vSAN is easy to configure, with basic functionality and the customer can maintain the solution."
"We had very good access to technical support."
"Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues."
"Easy to deploy and manage."
"We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios."
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."
"Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."
"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."
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"
"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."
"Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"There is no Italian-language version of the software available."
"In the future, I would like to see multi-tenancy in Nutanix Acropolis AOS."
"The software-defined networking should be improved. It is quite substandard as compared to the VMware variant. The software-defined networking is quite limited, and we usually use other products to do that. We're aware that Nutanix is working on that and will be coming out with better solutions, and we can't wait because to do a fully software-defined architecture, the abstraction layer needs not only software-defined storage, which you have, but also the software-defined networking piece."
"It's lacking in some features but overcompensating in others."
"It would be great if they could improve the GUI features."
"In the future, I would like Acropolis to add support for publishing external storage."
"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 would enjoy an advanced mode where experienced users can leverage their knowledge to do advanced things currently only allowed using the command line tools on the CVM."
"Areas for improvement would be the memory setting and the CPU setting reserve features, which are not available on Acropolis. I also feel that the DR solution, the reporting, and the component that is combined with the Nutanix OSP need to be improved."
"The interface is a little complicated, it could be simplified with more graphical gadgets. We have many servers, and the built-in functions, such as rate configuration, are a bit complex."
"On the DevOps side, if there could be more automation it would be more helpful."
"Because of virtual storage, the system reaches reserve storage for its functions. It also consumes a certain amount of storage, which then results in the creation of a fault tolerance for the system. All of this adds to a lot of capacity being consumed in terms of storage for each drive for vSan. I find this to be one drawback of using vSan."
"A vSAN cluster must have compression and deduplication to be an all-flash array, but it's not supported with a hybrid array. Deduplication and compression work better with an all-flash array, so I think that VMware should give customers the option to activate and support this feature for hybrid arrays. Other products like Nutanix support this."
"When you upgrade the vSAN, there are some issues like lost data and problems with the log. The log disappears. When you upgrade the solution, you must have several logs, so if you have some problems, you can check the log server to find them."
"While I like the replication and compression features, there is a problem with them running too slowly."
"This product is very expensive."
"The solution functions as the marketing says, as long as you follow certain rules."
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.
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Nutanix Acropolis AOS is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 76 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 69 reviews. Nutanix Acropolis AOS is rated 8.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Nutanix Acropolis AOS is most compared with VxRail, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Hyper-V, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our Nutanix Acropolis AOS vs. VMware vSAN report.
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