StarWind Virtual SAN Review

Eliminates the need for other physical shared storage

What is our primary use case?

As traditional storage is too expensive, our clients are looking for a more affordable solution. If you compare StarWind to EqualLogic EMC or NetApp, it's a cheaper option.

What needs improvement?

Updating the software can be a bit tricky. You have to go down scripts to put it in maintenance mode, etc. It takes a while to update. From my experience, I think that's a thing that they need to improve on.

Every time I put it in maintenance mode, all of the replications stop. If they could fix this, it would be a great product.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using StarWind Virtual SAN since June 2020.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, it's hard to say because I haven't really added anything. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Most of the information was quite clear on their website. The knowledge base is quite sufficient with all the info required. For this reason, I haven't had to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

It's quite easy to install. Also, the configuration and documentation guide from their site was quite good.

What about the implementation team?

We don't need maintenance. We do it ourselves. As I said, it's pretty straightforward —  standard, to install. It's not complex.

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

I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to consider the requirements of your environment. If you're in a high-performance-driven environment, I don't think this is the right solution. In this case, I would go with a traditional storage solution because you'll get better performance out of a physical one. For me, it's just a cheaper solution that doesn't require indigenous apps, etc.

I would not go for enterprise deployment. I'll go with the traditional one. Make sure your requirements fit with what you want to buy.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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