StarWind Virtual SAN Review

Gave us a new template for upgrading aging infrastructure sans expensive enterprise storage hardware


What is our primary use case?

We use StarWind for multiple 2-node hyperconverged Hyper-V Windows clusters in our datacenter environment.

How has it helped my organization?

It gave us a new template for upgrading aging infrastructure sans expensive enterprise storage hardware.

What is most valuable?

Ease of installation, configuration, and management. It literally took us less than two hours to have a fully functional 2-node cluster.

What needs improvement?

There is a limit on HA storage for standard and professional versions which is too low to be very useful for any but the smallest of SMBs or startups. Most SMBs we work with have more than 50TB of data, so the 4TB and 8TB limits are nothing more than a sales gimmick. The enterprise-level supports unlimited HA storage but starts competing with Windows Server (S2D) at the price point. The hardware requirement for S2D, however, puts the Windows HCI out of reach for most SMBs.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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