StarWind Virtual SAN Review

High availability that is cost-effective, easy to implement, and has good support

What is our primary use case?

This solution provides us with high availability and failover with fault tolerance across two nodes. Implementing a highly available environment made way more sense to our company using StarWind’s Virtual SAN than other SAN or virtual SAN solutions we looked into over the past few months.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows me to configure high availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.

Doing failover testing, things have worked pretty flawlessly.

What is most valuable?

The support for two-node implementation was great.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using StarWind Virtual SAN for two months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is excellent.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support team is very knowledgeable.

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 straightforward.

I was able to implement this configuration following a couple of online guides from StarWind and a couple of third-party articles. I also had the StarWind support team available to me if/when I had any issues.

What about the implementation team?

We implement this solution in-house.

What was our ROI?

Within days, maybe weeks. How much is uptime worth?

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

There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other products before choosing this one.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to give it a try.

Implementing a UPS along with it is a good idea.

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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