StarWind Virtual SAN Review

Easy to install and maintain, has good dashboards and good performance

What is our primary use case?

I started using this product when I had challenges with failover as one of the requirements for my client. I had to deploy the failover environment but the challenge was mirroring of the servers.

Now that I have implemented StarWind, everything is running perfectly.

How has it helped my organization?

The product I had bought for the client mirrors from one server to another. This means that an application installed on server A can still be accessed on server B. In my case, I had an access control system installed in one server but mirrored on the other server.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are easy installation, the appearance of the dashboard, the software runs as a native hypervisor component or in VM, and it does not require any deep storage and network administration or UNIX management skills.

A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.

What needs improvement?

This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using StarWind Virtual SAN for three months

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The system is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Performance is uncompromised by the minimalistic hardware footprint, as well as the reduced deployment and management costs. StarWind VSAN brings to the table server-side flash and memory caches, log-structuring, and an absolutely minimalistic I/O path. The resulting performance is unmatched by either typical virtual appliances or physical shared storage.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not use another solution prior to this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy and step-by-step, following the manuals.

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

Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was directly recommended by the manufacturer.

What other advice do I have?

For now, StarWind has satisfied my needs, as my requirement was to create a failover environment for the servers, also allowing the system to run with less administration. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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