What Is
Nutanix Appliance?

Nutanix Appliance is a hyper-converged hardware platform that includes virtualization, networking, storage, and cross-hypervisor app mobility. It’s a complete solution that delivers any infrastructure service, aiming for an image of an all-in-one remedy. Nutanix HCI platforms let companies focus on their applications and their business value rather than infrastructure micromanagement. However, the set of features, capacity, and scalability, as well as licensing may prove too costly for ROBO & Edge businesses. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance proves to be a more flexible and efficient alternative in this regard.

What Is StarWind HCA?

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a turnkey HCI solution that’s integrated and virtualized through an OEM or StarWind-branded server platform. The software-centric architecture skyrockets your applications’ performance, providing constant uptime. Thanks to the convenient licensing package, StarWind does the configuration, deployment, migration, and monitoring for you.

StarWind HCA has been developed to optimize all of the dimensions of a business’ IT activities. It merges compute, storage, and networking in a single block. By eliminating the problems of complicated licensing, hidden feature games, and HCLs, the solution enhances business agility. You receive a dramatic perf boost via a 2-node hardware footprint which leaves room for flexible budgeting and company growth.

Nutanix Appliance
vs. StarWind HCA

Nutanix Appliance

  • Form 1U-Rack / 2U-Rack / Third-party Servers
  • Licensing Capacity and editions differentiation
  • Storage Varies per edition: SSD-HDD; SSD-HDD-SSED
  • Hardware
    Compatibility Lists
    Restrictions in capacity, tiering, and networking,
    depending on edition
  • Compatibility Nutanix OS and Hypervisor, ESXi, Hyper-V, XenServer
  • Feature Tiers and
    Restrictions
    More costly editions provide more performance and features
  • Deployment and
    Support
    Available configuration guides, knowldege base + support assistance
  • Flexibility Starter edition allows up to 12 nodes only, limitations
    on data replication resiliency per edition

StarWind HCA

  • 2U-Rack
  • Single flat payment for the product
  • All-flash, flash + SSD
  • Can be the basis or be integrated into any infrastructure
  • Compatible with any hypervisor or OS
  • No node-derived licensing, no restrictions on features
  • Free deployment + ProActive Premium Support (24/7/365) included
  • Scalability is available up or out regardless of the type of proprietary components

Nutanix Appliance

StarWind HCA

1U-Rack / 2U-Rack / Third-party Servers
Comes as a 2U-Rack only for convenience
Capacity and editions differentiation
Single flat payment for the product
Varies per edition: SSD-HDD; SSD-HDD-SSED
Editions: all-flash, flash + SSD; all-flash-only soon
Restrictions in capacity, tiering, and networking, depending on edition
Can be the basis or be integrated into any infrastructure, no HCLs
Nutanix OS and Hypervisor, ESXi, Hyper-V, XenServer
Compatible with any hypervisor or OS of your choice
More costly editions provide more performance and features
There is no node-derived licensing, no restrictions on features
Available configuration guides, knowldege base + support assistance
Free deployment + ProActive Premium Support (24/7/365) included
Starter edition allows up to 12 nodes, limitations on data replication resiliency
Scalability is available up or out regardless of the type of proprietary components

StarWind HCA Cost Efficiency

Requires only a single payment for a respective edition
No license differentiation based on features and capacity
Removes the need to buy new proprietary components
Reduces TCO, CapEx, OpEx, increases customer ROI

Please fill out the form below to download the product. An installer link together with the license key will be sent to the e-mail address that you’ve specified. You may check the Free vs. Paid document if you are unsure about which StarWind Virtual SAN version you would like to try. Aside from this, there is a totally unrestricted NFS (Not For Sale) version of StarWind VSAN available for certain use cases. StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V release notes are available here.