StarWind Virtual SAN Review

Dramatically reduced down-time and we are able to move to a cluster from stand-alone hypervisors with DAS


What is our primary use case?

StarWind VSAN is used as shared storage for our Hyper-V cluster. We have two nodes, HDDs in RAID 10. HPE ProLiant servers, Windows Server 2016.

How has it helped my organization?

Thanks to StarWind VSAN, we were able to move to a cluster from stand-alone hypervisors with DAS (Direct attached storage). Before VSAN, hypervisor configuration changes and updates resulted in VM outages. Now, downtime is dramatically reduced.

What is most valuable?

The ability to use existing hardware, with no need to purchase hardware appliances is the most valuable feature. 

What needs improvement?

The cluster configuration is time-consuming and tedious. StarWind's guide for a two-node cluster can be found at (https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resource-library/starwind-virtual-san-hyperconverged-2-node-scenario-with-hyper-v-server-2016) and it is a long document to work through. I am not sure if it is possible to make the confiugration process more streamlined on generic hardware. This only affects the cluster configuration, not it's production use. I am very satisfied with the StarWind features so far and not interested in additional ones.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

StarWind is our first hyper-converged solution.

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

The licensing is straightforward, with free and trial versions available. 

Use the trial version before buying. Contact StarWind support in case of questions or issues. The support is very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution we evaluated HPE SimpliVity, Scale Computing, and Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, StarWind is a great solution for businesses with limited infrastructure budgets.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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