2021-09-29T12:23:00Z
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How does HPE Simplivity compare with VMware vSAN?

How does HPE Simplivity compare with VMware vSAN? Which would you recommend?

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2021-11-01T08:35:35Z
Nov 1, 2021

HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We researched VMware vSAN but found HPE was a better option for us.


HPE SimpliVity has valuable features, but the most important thing for us is that it provides a complete solution. We could set it up very quickly, and the interface is intuitive. It has a central dashboard, and you can find everything from there.


HPE SimpliVity made our virtualization stack so simple. You can combine it with an accelerator card, so the number of writes is reduced significantly. Cloning or backup VMs is a breeze because the system only changes the data you need to restore or clone. Additionally, it works well with Veeam, which we already have.


Cost-wise, it is very reasonably priced. However, if you want to add more memory, you’ll need to pay additional licensing costs. We found the upgrades to be a bit complex.


We tried VMware vSAN too. One of its advantages is the easy setup. VMware vSAN supports all-flash memory and integrates with all VMware products, which helps run operations smoothly. The best feature might be its scalability. VMware vSAN scales up and scales out very easily. It is easy to manage, too.


There are downsides to VMware vSAN, though. For instance, support is very slow. It doesn’t work well with high IOP either. Finally, you cannot isolate virtual machines for deduplication and compression. So, if you are looking for high performance, we found VMware vSAN to be too expensive for the value it provides.


Conclusions


VMware provides good storage as a service for companies that already work with other VMware products or are looking for a reliable SAN. But their poor support and lack of virtual machine-level features made us decide on HPE SimpliVity for our hyper-convergence needs.

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Real User
2022-03-02T11:53:06Z
Mar 2, 2022

The answer depends on what is it that you are looking for in your solution...


Both Simplivity & vSAB are software-defined storage technology-wise. Now the second important thing is both create a blob/object storage out of a set of disks. 


Ideally, both these solutions can't compare to real-world storage requirements where the need is block storage at the lowest latency. Most of the time both technologies are used for generalized VM workloads and not for specialized workloads.


vSAN from VMware leverages Erasure code for maintaining the availability of data on the soft SAN. This architecture is referred to as RAIN - a minimum of 3 nodes are recommended in such architecture to run the storage show effectively.


Simplivity, on the other hand, leverages a combination of RAID + RAIN wherein the storage availability is unimpacted even if you start with 2 Nodes. 


IOPS and latency are the issues with both solutions. Application performance is dependent on disk latency & throughput too. So, depending on the scenario, you need to tailor your solution.


What my point is: it generally depends on workload type, data volume and performance of the VM platform that you are planning for. Both the technologies are great, People use vCloud Suite more as compared to Simplivity globally, that too is a proven fact.


Then it depends on the size of a company and the workloads you wanna run... tools and processes around which your operation is defined and built.

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NC
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 7, 2021
Which is better and why?
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Nov 7, 2021
We found VMware’s vSAN was easy to set up, configure, and manage compared to other solutions we considered. It is best suited for small- to medium-sized organizations. It is easy to create load balancing and clusters and create and delete virtual servers using VMware VSan. The deduplication and compression are excellent. On the DevOps side, it would be more helpful if VMware vSAN could provide more automation. It would be an additional improvement if it integrated better with other platforms. Troubleshooting can be problematic; some of our clients need to monitor the solution on a daily basis, which is not so efficient. In terms of tiering and caching, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is wonderful. We found it to be very resilient and we never felt our data was at risk. You can build clusters as you want using various generations of hardware, which helps make this solution very scalable. The online documentation with Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct could be improved, though. We feel that this solution needs to have an intuitive streamline, which would make it more acceptable to clients. Currently, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct does not offer a cloud version. Conclusion: When we were testing out HCI solutions, we were looking for clients that were primarily small- to medium-sized organizations, many of whom were already involved in partnerships with VMware. Our clients were very familiar with the product and happy with it. Overall VMware vSAN has a very simple structure that is very easy to use, implement and manage. The pricing is very competitive as well. Our team and clients are very happy using VMware vSAN.
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