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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money."
"During the maintenance periods, on any part of the storage or VMware migration, we have had no downtime."
"The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs."
"It provides high performance and business-critical storage."
"The interface is user-friendly."
"It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently."
"The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use."
"Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes."
"We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage."
"The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync."
"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support."
"It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team."
"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."
"We are waiting for container support (on the roadmap), as well as a user-friendly full web-administration capability, and an improved API."
"I think the performance reporting can be improved by adding historical statistics into a database for the purpose of comparing."
"Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial."
"I miss dedupe and decompression."
"I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report."
"Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."
"It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows."
"Some configuration options still demand service restarting."
"Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet."
"The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks."
"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell."
"The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated."
"I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found."
"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."
"This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
"Pricing has improved but it is still expensive."
"This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing."
"The free version is great to use for labs or test environments."
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
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DataCore™ SANsymphony™ enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.
StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.
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DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 7 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 40 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony SDS writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Reasonably-priced, quick and helpful technical support, facilitates 3-2-1 backup compliance". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, StorMagic SvSAN and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.
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