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We performed a comparison between Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report (Updated: August 2022).
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Pros
"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.""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's quite easy to install.""They offer top-tier support.""StarWind SANs come with outstanding support.""The price was right.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"The most valuable feature I have found to be the Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV).""One of the most valuable features is how well this solution performs. It's stable, aside from some patch issues, but it's great from a virtualization and scalability perspective.""It offers very useful data protection.""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.""The most valuable features are easy cloud administration and management.""The interface is very good. Before we used this solution, we had separate storage and switches, but with the hyper convert, it's all in one.""Nutanix Acropolis AOS is flexible and has helped people to work from home during the pandemic.""The hyperconvergence service, as well as the DR solution, are game-changers for Nutanix."

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"The option to deploy a hyper-converged system without an expensive storage switch was a benefit.""The customer service has been the most valuable feature of the product to me.""It is the perfect solution for hyper-convergence at a fair price. Our customers have Hyper-V and VMware environments, with Windows servers and Linux.""The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment.""The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation.""Their service is top-notch and if a node goes down they immediately are following up with us to make sure that everything is working smoothly.""StarWind is very resilient and built off of quality vendor hardware.""The solution has easily deployed instances for multiple fast-paced projects."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""I had issues locating the documentation that applied to my version of StarWind vSAN.""The documentation could be better.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment."

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"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.""The self-service side of the product needs to be improved. We should be able to add two-factor authentication and more security layers to it.""The licenses for Nutanix are very complicated.""Setup can be a little difficult""With some projects that we are deploying, there are errors that arise when adding nodes.""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.""It was not a great fit for really large databases that required high-end or lots of compute. They might already have addressed this concern around very high-end databases that require high-end compute. In the past, it wasn't a great fit for them.""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."

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"An emphasis on security can be improved.""I think some performance metrics would be nice to see, especially on the storage side.""The truth is that the operation and support offered is good, but we consider that the product's usability could improve, as well as the data resynchronization time after an unexpected closure.""Maybe they could have a support portal that you can have direct access to a current support representative.""It would be nice if the software told you a new version was available and prompted you to do the upgrade to keep everything up to date.""The only area that the product could improve would be user training.""I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers.""We'd like an easier setup for Windows updates on the Hyper-V servers so you don't have to use a script to ensure auto-updating is done."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
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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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  • "It's an all in one package, making it very easy."
  • "We didn't have any issue with pricing or any of the sales process."
  • "The HCA price is all-inclusive (setup, hardware, support, warranty), except for your standard Microsoft Server licensing."
  • "I was able to bring the price per year down by going out to a five-year plan."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
    Top Answer: Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions… more »
    Top Answer:We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
    Top Answer:The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network… more »
    Top Answer:My only concern was with the terms and conditions of the proactive support. Our legal department didn't accept them, so… more »
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    Also Known As
    Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
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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.

    Modernize Your Business with the Leading HCI Platform

    Power your business with advanced cloud technologies and simplify how you procure, deploy, and manage IT services.

    Reduce technology sprawl and free up technical resources to focus on high value activities.

    Deploy, scale, and bridge to the public cloud so you can react quickly to changing priorities.

    Protect your services and data against hardware failures, disasters, and attackers.

    AOS Storage

    Accelerate your most demanding applications with consistent and predictable performance. Data locality maximizes the benefits of the latest hardware advances like NVMe and RDMA.

    Data is protected and kept available with advanced distributed consistency algorithms that protect against everything from bit rot and hardware failures to entire site failure.

    Storage can be sized precisely for your needs and expanded quickly and easily as needs grow. Storage policies are applied logically on a per-workload basis, instead of being tied to hardware.

    Flexible and Open Compute

    Choose from the leading hypervisors, VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper‑V, or leverage the lightweight but powerful built-in hypervisor AHV.

    AHV streamlines operations and simplifies automation. Powerful and lightweight, it is easy to learn and migrate to, and is optimized for high performance and reliability.

    Build and deploy cloud-native applications on intelligent distributed infrastructure and integrate with cloud compatible storage, all within the same platform.

    Automated and Secure Networking

    Prevent malware spread and reduce attack surfaces by limiting applications to only what’s needed, and keep things simple by leveraging machine learning to determine the right configuration.

    Securely and easily implement robust multi-tenancy in your environment, or stretch networks across clouds for seamless workload migration and failover.

    Manage networking configurations centrally and apply across your HCI environment with simple and robust virtual switch management.

    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
    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 Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    University9%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Construction Company13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Transportation Company9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise32%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 86 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 43 reviews. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is rated 8.6, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) writes "Serious reliability and stability across the entire system makes for ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, VMware vSphere and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI, StorMagic SvSAN and DataCore SANsymphony. See our Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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