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"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.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"The product is quite expensive and is among the most expensive for this type of solution.""A single socket costs you around US $6,000 for three years. At a minimum, you have a three load cluster for a medium or enterprise-scale company. It can get quite expensive because you're likely to need four to six sockets on the other side. It comes to around $30,000.""I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting."

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Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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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.

FalconStor FreeStor is a single integrated platform that simplifies the management of data across legacy, modern, and virtual storage environments. FreeStor delivers enterprise-class software-defined, intelligent data services combined with predictive analytics across any primary or secondary storage hardware; in the cloud or on-premise. FreeStor helps IT organizations realize more economic value out of existing environments and any future storage investments while reducing complexity, maximizing flexibility, and improving operational efficiency.

FreeStor offers Core-to-Edge analytics, Cloud enablement, Secure multi-tenancy, Unified client management, and Intelligent pricing (primary copy pricing 

VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands—eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Telefonica, Egenera, C&C Computação e Comunicação, Sunrise Communications Group, Imptech
Helse Nord, Sky
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company18%
Government9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company24%
Import And Exporter14%
Government7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
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FalconStor FreeStor is ranked 26th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) while VMware Software Defined Storage is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews. FalconStor FreeStor is rated 0.0, while VMware Software Defined Storage is rated 7.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Software Defined Storage writes "Comes in a single management panel and doesn't require the need to buy separate dedicated storage". FalconStor FreeStor is most compared with StarWind Virtual Tape Library and DataCore SANsymphony SDS, whereas VMware Software Defined Storage is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, LINBIT SDS, IBM Spectrum Scale and Datera.

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