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Sangfor HCI is the #9 ranked solution in HCI Software. PeerSpot users give Sangfor HCI an average rating of 8.8 out of 10. Sangfor HCI is most commonly compared to VMware vSAN: Sangfor HCI vs VMware vSAN. Sangfor HCI is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 54% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 20% of all views.
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What is Sangfor HCI?

Sangfor HCI is an IT infrastructure platform built on converged architecture. It integrates server virtualization, distributed storage, and networking. Sangfor HCI provides a unified management platform that converges compute, storage, networking, and security on a single software stack. This approach delivers a simplified architecture, ease of use, and reliability for business-critical applications.

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a unified system of data storage. HCI combines storage, computing, networking, and management, unlike traditional storage solutions. HCI systems enable you to build your private cloud, expand to a public cloud, or have your own true hybrid cloud. Sangfor HCI presents two product models: The Sangfor HCI server appliance is a hardware version that enables easy deployment. Sangfor HCI software is the digital version combined with a third-party server that enables flexible deployment.

Sangfor HCI supports Windows systems on desktop and is web-based. Its range of use cases cover a wide spectrum of industries, from healthcare to manufacturing. It is applicable for mid- and large-sized businesses. The software is customizable. Users can customize the logo and contact information in the user interface.

Benefits and Features

  • Stability: Sangfor HCI delivers high reliability and availability with 0 RPO and 99.99% availability. The infrastructure is fully redundant to ensure business continuity. This means no data is lost in the event of hardware failure.
  • Simplified infrastructure: The solution supports visual management, making it easier to use. The single platform provides a central control with access to resources.
  • High performance: One unit of HCI can support up to 100,000 IOPS. The solution supports data striping, data locality, SSD caching and AI-based DB optimization. It also supports linear expansion without bottlenecks.
  • Hyper-converged infrastructure that enables working with different scenarios. For instance, cloud transformation and data center consolidation. It is fully converged, which means it provides unified management, full resource visualization, and orchestration with SCP. The standardized HCI unit consolidates hardware appliances, a storage network, IP network, and server into a single unit.
  • Integration: Sangfor HCI offers deep integration with NFV components. Users can deploy complex SDN networks.
  • Pay-as-you-grow model: The pay-per-use model reduces operational expenses and total cost of ownership.

Use Cases

Sangfor HCI can be applied tin various scenarios:

  • Enterprise applications: Users can benefit from the reliability and performance of Sangfor HCI for business-critical processes. The system is optimized for enterprise applications to enhance their performance and stability.
  • Datacenter consolidation: The unified and software-defined technology simplifies the operational management and the architecture of data centers.
  • Cloud transformation: You can add a cloud management platform, transforming Sangfor HCI into a complete cloud computing solution. You can then run your cloud workloads and benefit from the automation features of Sangfor HCI.
  • Data protection and recovery: Sangfor HCI offers multiple data protection features, such as continuous data protection (CDP), which ensure the integrity of sensitive and user data. You can protect backup snapshots and take backups. It records virtual machine IO logs at frequent intervals. It offers disaster recovery capabilities that ensure business continuity.

Reviews from Real Users

Gabriele P., Senior Software and Systems Engineer at SAMU.IT, says "It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything."

A Junior Solutions Engineer at a tech services company adds that "Sangfor has many solutions, and you can easily manage their machine servers with just one management. They're always striving for greatness, and they continuously update their products. For example, they have now built endpoint security within the firewall. They are continuously improving not only the security but also all other products."




Sangfor HCI Customers

TOSHIBA TEC Singapore, J&T Express Indonesia, Crowne Plaza Vietnam, Hermina Hospital Indonesia

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Sangfor HCI Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Sangfor HCI pricing:
  • "Sangfor needs to be more aggressive because this is a new market or territory for Sangfor. Nepal is a very price-sensitive market, so Sangfor needs to be a little more aggressive with its pricing. I would rate them 3.75 out of five in terms of the price."
  • "The solution has a good initial cost but a high renewal cost."
  • "It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features."
  • "Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list. You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers."
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    Engineer, System Admin at ebm
    Real User
    Top 10
    Low cost, great GUI, and helpful support
    Pros and Cons
    • "Their GUI interface is a bit easier than VMware's."
    • "The documentation and support from the community are not as good or as mature as VMware or Hyper-V."

    What is our primary use case?

    We have converted our hypervisor from Hyper-V to a Sangfor.

    We have our virtual machine workload, and use it for virtual storage and disaster recovery. We also have a DR site, and we also have two nodes deployed there. This is mainly for virtual machines. All our workloads are on different Windows-based virtual machines.

    What is most valuable?

    It's a good HCI solution. It's average.

    It's low cost compared to Windows or VMware, and we get virtual storage on Sangfor's standard edition license as compared to Windows Data Center or VMware's enterprise license. 

    Their GUI interface is a bit easier than VMware's. This is an advantage.

    We are using normal features we would typically use in Hyper-V and VMware. The additional feature that we are using is virtual storage. It's in a standard license. 

    What needs improvement?

    The solution has a network of security features. However, we don't use them all at this time since it requires additional licenses. We are planning to purchase them.

    For us administrators, we tend to like granular control, like a command line interface, which we get in VMware or Windows. Sangfor has this locked up, and we only have a GUI interface to work with. If we had to configure something like granular settings, then we would have to log tickets for that. That is one drawback.

    The documentation and support from the community are not as good or as mature as VMware or Hyper-V.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for eight or nine months now. 

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable and reliable. Even if you have to upgrade it, you don't have to completely reboot everything (as compared to Windows or Hyper-V machines). It's very stable. We have not witnessed any crashes. I'd rate the stability ten out of ten. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. We plan to add three more nodes in our head office next year. I'd rate the scalability ten out of ten as it is so easy to expand as needed. You just have to add a node to the current cluster. It's not difficult. 

    We have 600 employees, and everyone uses the solution indirectly.

    How are customer service and support?

    The support engineers are very good. The engineers are well-versed in the product. That said, the documentation and knowledge base or community portal are lacking. I'd rate that aspect three or four out of ten. There's a general lack of information.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We were using Microsoft Hyper-V. We decided to switch based on the cost, actually. The features Microsoft was giving on data centers were more expensive and features similar to Microsoft data centers were available on Sangfor's standard license. Also, the GUI and the manageability were huge reasons we decided to move. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The setup is easy. It's straightforward, and there are not many steps. There is a simple installation of the OS, like when we install Windows OS. It's just clicking through -next, next, next. 

    I'd rate the ease of setup eight out of ten. 

    We have it deployed on-premises at two sites. One is at the head office, and the other is at our disaster recovery site.

    Deployment was quick. It took us about three hours to complete the cluster configuration and get going. Most of the time was taken by the migration from Hyper-V. While development was quick, the migration was tedious. 

    We had three people from our company and two people from the vendor handling the initial setup. Maintenance after setup is fairly basic and requires simply looking after the hardware and looking out for heavy usage of the processor. Three people are looking after it on the admin side. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We had help from the vendor. They were on-site and helped to integrate everything. During the migration, they also helped since we had old Linux machines that were not supported by newer editions. We had to log tickets, and Sangfor engineers came online to assist. They were all excellent. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The solution costs less than other options. 

    There are extra features you can buy as well that add extra security.

    It's a node-based license. I don't actually have the price available to me at this point, however, it is less than the data centers of Microsoft or VMware's enterprise edition.

    I'd rate the pricing overall at a seven out of ten.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are Sangfor customers. 

    If anyone is looking for a less expensive server, they should look at Sangfor. However, if they need very granular control, this might not be the right option. VMware and Microsoft are much better for granular control.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten overall.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Deepesh Sinnya - PeerSpot reviewer
    Chief Technical Officer at Cypher Technology Pvt. Ltd.
    Real User
    Top 20
    Has good support
    Pros and Cons
      • "It should have object storage. It already has network virtualization and micro-segmentation, but it is missing object storage. It does not have object storage. vSAN also does not have object storage, but Nutanix has object storage, and it is natively integrated into its HCI. So, if you pay for the object storage license, you have that module pre-built."

      What is our primary use case?

      We use Sangfor HCI for the Sangfor Cloud platform. We are soon going to host our own cloud platform service by using Sangfor HCI. We've already got a conditional queue from one of the customers, and we're consistently in talk with Sangfor regarding this deal.

      We are working with the trial license of the Sangfor platform. For the first three months, we're going to use it on a trial basis, and after the customer confirms the purchase order, we'll be permanently going for the Sangfor Cloud solution.

      What needs improvement?

      It should have object storage. It already has network virtualization and micro-segmentation, but it is missing object storage. It does not have object storage. vSAN also does not have object storage, but Nutanix has object storage, and it is natively integrated into its HCI. So, if you pay for the object storage license, you have that module pre-built. 

      I would've been really happy if we had point-to-point network connectivity between the virtual firewall and the customer site lease line so that we could have a private IP VPN.

      Sangfor is relatively new in all markets. I would request the Sangfor team to come up with a partner training program with a free voucher so that we can get some of our staff trained and certified in Sangfor and educate them in a proper way.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      It has been about five months since we've been using the Sangfor platform.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We've been using it only for about five months, and I will be able to comment on the stability of this platform after about two years. I've been working with VMware for 10 years. So, there is no point in comparing it with VMware.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We're going with two nodes at the moment. There will be some downtime, but we can manage it for the next two to three months because we have fewer customers. We're going to provide the cloud service on the Sangfor platform, and soon, we'll be upgrading to the third node. After we have three nodes, it's going to be easier for us to scale up the platform.

      We are a team of about 25 individuals. Four people are looking after this solution. When we start to scale up, we would need more people. With the license that we will purchase, we will also get support from Sangfor. If there are any specific cases, we will contact Sangfor support.

      How are customer service and support?

      Previously, we had Harper from their team for support. He has now moved to a different role, and he was very good. I would rate him 4.5 out of five. 

      Their technical support is pretty good, but we are having some language issues. Basically, we get support from China, and we are having some issues with English. I would rate them a four out of five.

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      We've worked with VxRail and vSAN in the past. We've not used Nutanix, but I would like Sangfor to grow as a competitor that could beat Nutanix. That's because the RFPs that are made are so much based on Nutanix. It is really difficult for VMware and vSAN to beat Nutanix. I would like to see Sangfor grow as a company and beat Nutanix with all its features. If they add object storage, it would be very good.

      How was the initial setup?

      For me, it was initially a bit complex, but later on, I gave it to my team. They communicated with Harper and other support staff from the Sangfor team, and they were able to do it. It is not a difficult task for us now. We've already given the Sangfor virtualization platform to a customer. So, we already have two Sangfor clients, and we are looking forward to increasing the number.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Sangfor needs to be more aggressive because this is a new market or territory for Sangfor. Nepal is a very price-sensitive market, so Sangfor needs to be a little more aggressive with its pricing. I would rate them 3.75 out of five in terms of the price.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We're comparing it with VMware. 

      What other advice do I have?

      To anyone looking to implement Sangfor, I would advise doing a three-month PoC. We have a system deployed right here in our test labs with two nodes, and we can give a Sangfor cloud platform tenant for a PoC. We are always ready to support customers, and I believe Sangfor is too.

      It has only been about five months since we have been using it, and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I would rate it an eight out of 10.

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      Nasah Azar - PeerSpot reviewer
      Branch Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
      Reseller
      Top 20
      The solution offers straightforward setup, scalability, and manageability
      Pros and Cons
      • "The manageability feature is the most important aspect of the solution."
      • "One question that has come up frequently in the last week is whether or not the renewal cost for Sangfor's HCI solution is too high."

      What is our primary use case?

      HCI is often pitched against VMware licenses, which are expensive. However, Sangfor HCI is more cost-effective and offers more features than VMware. This makes it a strong competitor in the Pakistani market.

      What is most valuable?

      The manageability feature is the most important aspect of the solution. Customers have told me that this is the key selling point for them. The manageability and the ability to use it across all platforms using vSAN is what makes the solution so popular.

      What needs improvement?

      One question that has come up frequently in the last week is whether or not the renewal cost for Sangfor's HCI solution is too high. Customers are hesitant to renew their contracts because of this cost, but everything else about the solution is good. The features are fine and even better than VMware's. However, the renewal cost is a bit higher.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have been using the solution for seven months.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      I give the stability of the solution a seven out of ten.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      The solution is highly scalable.

      How are customer service and support?

      The response time for technical support is very good in Pakistan. We do not have any issues with their support.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup of the solution is straightforward.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      I give the pricing a five out of ten.

      The solution has a good initial cost but a high renewal cost.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have compared the solution with VMware, and there are no features that are significantly better in VMware. There are some features that are a bit lower. I'm not sure what they are right now. Overall, the Sangfor HCI package is good when compared to VMware. The main difference is the pricing. VMware has a high initial cost and a complex licensing model. Sangfor, on the other hand, has all of the features in just one license. This is a big difference.

      What other advice do I have?

      I give the solution an eight out of ten.

      Most medium-sized companies are using on-premises storage solutions. They might have a limited budget, so they don't need some of the more expensive replication or backup solutions. They just keep their data on-site, using software from Veritas or another provider. I will use a simple backup solution, rather than using a cloud-based storage environment. Sangfor HCI is only necessary for large enterprises.

      Sangfor HCI is a one-license package that is packed with features. When looking to replace our existing VMware environment with another good product, I believe Sangfor HCI is the best solution.

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

      On-premises
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      IT Manager at SJ Securities Sdn Bhd
      Real User
      Top 5
      Reasonably priced, easy to manage, and offers helpful support
      Pros and Cons
      • "The initial setup isn't hard."
      • "The interface could be a little bit better."

      What is our primary use case?

      We primarily use the solution for the AD, Active Directory, as well as file services.

      What is most valuable?

      The product is very easy to manage.

      The cost is a lot cheaper than VMware.

      The solution is stable.

      It's scalable.

      The initial setup isn't hard.

      Technical support is helpful.

      What needs improvement?

      I can't recall missing any specific features.

      The interface could be a little bit better.

      We'd like the solution to offer a built-in firewall.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I've been using the solution for two to three months.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The stability has been good. There are no bugs or glitches. it's reliable. If does crash or freeze. 

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have found that it is possible to scale the product. We have about 200 devices connected to it and haven't had any issues. 

      How are customer service and support?

      We've dealt with technical support and have found them to be helpful and responsive. We are satisfied with the level of service we get. 

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      We previously used Hyper-V, which was costlier. We had to change solutions to move towards a newer solution and chose HCI.

      How was the initial setup?

      We found the solution very simple to set up. It was not overly complex or difficult. The deployment, due to the fact that we spread it out with a few servers, actually took a few weeks. If it's just one server ready to go it might take less than two weeks.

      We have a three-person team that can manage the solution. 

      What about the implementation team?

      We had a third party, a systems integrator, who assisted with the setup process. 

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      The pricing is pretty good, especially compared to VMware. If we are talking about this initial cost to set up (and not talking about future maintenance), it's about 40% cheaper than VMware.

      We have a three-year license that we pay yearly. I can't speak about the exact price. 

      What other advice do I have?

      I'm a customer and an end-user.

      We're using the latest version of the solution. 

      I'd recommend the product to others. It's easier to manage and scalable. However, much like VMware, you do need to engage with a third party to integrate it.

      I'd rate it nine out of ten.

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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      Information Technology Support Specialist at Code Expert Inc
      Real User
      Top 10
      Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature
      Pros and Cons
      • "The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features."
      • "Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux."

      What is our primary use case?

      We use it for SAP products and some other infrastructure applications. We are using its latest version.

      What is most valuable?

      The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.

      What needs improvement?

      Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have been using this solution for three years.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It is stable. There is no issue in terms of stability so far.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It is complex to scale. There was a situation where they undersized the memory on one of our solutions. They gave us free memory because they were the ones who sized the memory for the specs.

      In terms of the number of users, we have two or three administrators who use it. There are up to 500 concurrent users or the number of users using the hyper-converged infrastructure.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      They support us in case of technical problems. They also provided a free deployment during a migration.

      The level one support is provided by the partner or the integrator. The level two support is handled by the Sangfor teams. Technical support is based in the Asia Pacific region. They provide standard 24/7 support. They are easy to reach. Some of their engineers are Chinese, and there is a communication barrier because of their accents, but on the technical side, they are able to resolve the issues.

      How was the initial setup?

      Its initial setup is more on the complex side because of our system and company requirements. The deployment took about three weeks.

      What about the implementation team?

      We have an in-house technical team. Its maintenance is also handled by us. Every six to eight months, they provide updates to fix the bugs that they have encountered. 

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. 

      The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would recommend this product because of its pricing. It doesn't require a separate license for features such as Continuous Data Protection. 

      I would rate Sangfor HCI an eight out of ten.

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      Senior Software and Systems Engineer at SAMU.IT
      User
      Top 5
      Good technical support, flexible, and useful for resilience and performance
      Pros and Cons
      • "It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything."
      • "As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security."

      What is our primary use case?

      It is useful for every case where you have to virtualize machines on-premises or on the cloud, and you need resilience, performance, and so on.

      It is deployed on-premises, but you can also deploy it on the cloud. It is a hyper-convergence system. There is only one version.

      What is most valuable?

      It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything.

      What needs improvement?

      As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security.

      Its price should also be better.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have been using this solution for three years. 

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It is scalable. You can add nodes and scale it.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Their technical support is very good. It is the best part of the product.

      How was the initial setup?

      Its installation is very fast and easy. For two nodes, it takes maybe one or two hours.

      What about the implementation team?

      We are doing it ourselves. We have engineers in the company who can do the job.

      For deployment and maintenance, we have about 10 people. We have three engineers and three technicians.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list.

      You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers.

      What other advice do I have?

      I would recommend this solution to others. It is a good product for us.

      I would rate Sangfor HCI an eight out of 10. 

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      Director of Sales and Operations at Technosol
      Real User
      A simple, user friendly and easy to configure solution
      Pros and Cons
      • "I find the simplicity of Sangfor very valuable. It is easy to configure and user-friendly. The overall user experience as well as the usability of Sangfor is outstanding."
      • "There are certain aspects of sizing of the solution that need improvement."

      What is our primary use case?

      My organization is a gold partner for Sangfor in Pakistan. 

      We are using the computer virtualization, storage virtualization, network virtualization, virtual firewall as well as the NSB part network virtualization parts of Sangfor, third-generation HCI solution. We have 50 users using the solution.

      For our customers, we have also installed Sangfor for demo purposes.

      What is most valuable?

      I find the simplicity of Sangfor very valuable. It is easy to configure and user-friendly. The overall user experience as well as the usability of Sangfor is outstanding.

      What needs improvement?

      Sangfor has improved significantly over time. There are certain aspects of sizing of the solution that need improvement.

      There are some security features that could be added.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have been using Sangfor HCI for three years.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      This solution is stable.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Sangfor is quite a scalable solution in terms of nodes. You can upgrade the solution it is very flexible and adaptable with zero downtime for upgrades.

      How are customer service and support?

      Overall, the support from Sangfor is phenomenal. 

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      We have been partners with Dell technologies as well for the last 10 years. Sangfor is much easier to understand, easier to adapt and easier to deploy with outstanding support.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup is straightforward if you have a basic IT understanding. If you have a dedicated team to deploy the solution, it will only take a couple of hours. It does depend on the size of your organization as well. 

      What about the implementation team?

      Since we are a seller of the solution, we deploy ourselves. It requires one person on our team to do maintenance.

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      The license fee is annual. It is an enterprise plus version that is bundled into a single socket-based license.

      What other advice do I have?

      Without hesitation, I recommend Sangfor because they have a standard with the stability and is agile. 

      I rate Sangfor HCI a 10 out of 10.

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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      Iftekhar Shaikh - PeerSpot reviewer
      Regional Area Manager at EPI UPS
      Reseller
      Top 5Leaderboard
      Reasonably priced and offers helpful support but migration capabilities could be stronger
      Pros and Cons
      • "It was not expensive at all."
      • "The migration process could be easier."

      What is our primary use case?

      Sangfor is actually the HCI and we are dealing in that.

      What is most valuable?

      The solution is very reasonably priced. It was not expensive at all.

      The support is very helpful.

      Its initial setup is very simple. 

      It is a very stable product. It's reliable. 

      It's scalable. 

      The solution offers good compatibility with other products. 

      What needs improvement?

      The migration process could be easier. 

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We started selling Sangfor three months ago.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The stability is very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

      While it's stable, it depends on the implementation. It must be implemented properly. 

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It's scalable. We have ten to 15 clients that are on the solution or in process of coming onto the solution. 

      How are customer service and support?

      Technical support is great. We are very happy with the level of service.

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      We're also aware of HP, however, their solution is not as good and neither is their support. 

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial setup was simple and straightforward.  

      What about the implementation team?

      We have a tech that can handle all aspects of the solution, including implementation. He's been doing it for the last three or four years and understands it quite well. 

      What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

      Sangfor is cheap and reasonably priced. 

      Sangfor has one license and doesn't require any third-party licenses.

      The licensing is renewed yearly.

      What other advice do I have?

      We've implemented it for a couple of companies. There are maybe ten to 15 companies we have with orders still pending. 

      I'd recommend the solution to others. It's very cheap and works very well. It's a great solution for companies in Pakistan. 

      I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. 

      Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

      Public Cloud
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