Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) vs StarWind Virtual SAN comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructur...
Ranking in Software Defined Storage (SDS)
Ranking in HCI
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) (3rd), Hybrid Cloud Computing Platforms (3rd)
StarWind Virtual SAN
Ranking in Software Defined Storage (SDS)
Ranking in HCI
Average Rating
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Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Software Defined Storage (SDS) category, the mindshare of Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) is 6.4%, down from 8.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 11.2%, up from 7.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
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Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Featured Reviews

Aug 31, 2023
Helps reduce downtime, and on-premises footprint, and improves performance
Our clients use Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure for technology refresh, workload consolidation, and data-driven infrastructure Our clients run VMware and other enterprise applications on Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure. Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure has helped our clients reduce downtime. It has helped…
Mar 28, 2022
Cost-effective with top-tier support and offers a highly available environment
The most valuable aspects are the support and the high availability. They offer top-tier support. The support staff is knowledgeable and very willing to help. The proactive support option is unlike any support I've ever dealt with. If anything gets out of sorts, the team is on top of it with an email. Achieving a highly available environment can be hard to execute and lead to a hardware vendor lockin. StarWind is hardware agnostic and supports as few as two hosts to create a fully functional, hyper-converged, highly available server cluster at a fraction of the cost of other vendors.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The simplicity when it comes to building your own automation has been excellent."
"The HCI environment itself is very intuitive. Everything is centralized under one solution. And, they also have fast server built in in addition to a network analyzer."
"The most valuable feature is the solution's ease of upgrading."
"The level of statistical performance data that it can confirm in real-time is extremely useful. I can see what my VM’s hosts and guests are doing from a single pane of glass and identify issues before they would otherwise become apparent."
"Being able to upgrade our entire cluster with the click of a button during business hours with zero downtime has made managing our infrastructure so easy."
"It has a single pane of glass and you don't have to jump around various toolsets."
"The scalability is great."
"Nutanix Acropolis AOS is easy to use, integrates with other hardware configurations, and is simple to manage."
"It enables us to provide more solution options for our clients, with the reassurance that, when implemented, they will be efficient and stable."
"We are able to execute maintenance on one server while the other is still running."
"You can build cheap, reliable, replicated virtual machines clusters using simple servers with an all flash disk or SAS\SATA hybrid tiered by performance storage."
"The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across."
"It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget."
"It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it."
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"StarWind saved us about 80% of our storage costs over our old solution."


"There should be a little more access to Nutanix files."
"The product requires a lot of resources."
"USB dongle-based licenses do not allow us to directly locate the USB ports on Nutanix."
"It would be ideal if it was more secure."
"In Thailand, there really isn't a cloud version of Nutanx available to us."
"The ability to create clusters faster would be nice to see in a future release."
"Setup can be a little difficult"
"This solution offers excellent functionality but could use a stronger interface."
"I'd love to see native export of metrics (via Prometheus or something of that nature) to allow us to get more metrics available on our existing dashboard software."
"Sometimes documentation on their site can be out of date."
"We don't really have any issues with this product."
"In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."
"Geolocation could be better, for example, for site mirroring for DR purposes."
"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."
"We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."
"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."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Nutanix is cheaper than Cisco HyperFlex, although it depends on the configuration because Nutanix can also be expensive."
"Pricing for Nutanix Acropolis AOS is higher. This is one of the reasons why we were looking into other options."
"Reconsidering the licensing packages could reduce the price, especially for companies that may not need all the bells and whistles. Many of the features are based on open-source software, so there's potential to offer more flexible pricing options. Additionally, with the right expertise, companies could potentially create similar environments themselves, reducing the need for extensive support and licensing costs. I rate its pricing a six out of ten. The tool costs around 300,000 dollars per year."
"They should lower the price. If they did they would fall into a more competitive market because the price does scare a lot of potential customers away when they get the quote."
"When compared to the competitors, the price is reasonable."
"The price of the license for Nutanix Acropolis AOS is less expensive than the competition. There is a favorable cost saving. Having only the need to deal with a single vendor, the management of the customer's entire stack is cost-effective."
"Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure is expensive."
"Our licensing fee on the total setup up was about R900 000."
"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."
"We evaluated other options and this one was the most cost-effective."
"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
"For two nodes, it cost us $10,000, and we spend $2,000 a year on support."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The scalability limitation for us is its licensing. At some point in the fairly near future, we will probably have to upgrade our license so we can store eight terabytes instead of four. We are currently at four terabytes, but we're starting to knock on the door of that capacity."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"The free version is great to use for labs or test environments."
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Comparison Review

it_user244362 - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 30, 2015
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Top Industries

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Educational Organization
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Questions from the Community

What is the biggest difference between Nutanix Acropolis and VMware vSphere?
We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We fou...
How do I choose between Cisco Hyperflex HX Series and Nutanix Acropolis AOS?
Cisco HyperFlex HS series vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS Cisco HyperFlex gives extended hyper-convergence functions from core to edge and multi-cloud environments. It helps IT and OT teams deploy hyper...
Which would you choose - Nutanix Acropolis AOS or VMware vSAN?
We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We fou...
What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combines flash and disks of the cluster and forms a virtual shared storage “pool” acce...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to extend the trial license or upgrade to a full license.
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. During our evaluation of our on-premises setup, we did not find any significant fl...

Also Known As

Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Nutanix AOS, Nutanix Acropolis
StarWind SAN & NAS

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Sample Customers

St. Lukes Health System, the City of Seattle, Yahoo! Japan, Sligro, Empire Life, Hyundai AUS, and many others.
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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