Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI): Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the hyperconverged infrastructure market.


In the last few years, business leaders have continued to demand more from their IT functions, with a seemingly endless expectation for greater business efficiency. This has led IT to change significantly. At the centre of these changes is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), a data centre architecture that embraces cloud principals and economics.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated HCI vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:

Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series

Average Rating: 7.5

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: A purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS

Average Rating: 9.8

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Enterprise-class software-defined storage (SDS) platform that provides a high-performance, highly available, and agile storage infrastructure.

Dell EMC PowerFlex

Average Rating: 8.1

Top Comparison: VxRail

Overview: A hyper-converged rack-scale engineered set of systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads.

HPE SimpliVity

Average Rating: 8.4

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: Provides the most complete hyperconverged solution, powering the world’s most efficient and resilient data centres.

NetApp HCI

Average Rating: 7.6

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: The only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Average Rating: 9.0

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Delivers invisible infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance

Average Rating: 9.5

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: For SMB, ROBO, and enterprises looking to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualisation workloads and reduce related expenses.

StarWind Virtual SAN

Average Rating: 9.7

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers.

VMware vSAN

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: Seamlessly extend virtualisation to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works and reduces risk in digital transformation projects.


Average Rating: 8.6

Top Comparison: Nutanix Acropolis AOS

Overview: The only fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family on the market.

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