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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"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.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."

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"The solution has many good features.""Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department."

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"StarWind VTL allowed us to back up to virtual tape that was created within Veeam and upload the tape to the cloud.""I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further."

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Cons
"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 should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."

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"I think that OneView should be replaced by something else for the management.""Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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"The initial installation can be complex and should be simplified.""The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"If you currently have Veeam there is no other solution that is as easy and affordable as StarWind.""The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost."

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Questions from the Community
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.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
Top Answer: The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
Top Answer: I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can… more »
Top Answer: The initial purchase already includes one year of maintenance support. The initial setup and deployment are also covered… more »
Top Answer: The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to… more »
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Also Known As
HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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Overview

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.

HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Manufacturing Company7%
Non Profit7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company18%
Government9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
REVIEWERS
Wholesaler/Distributor36%
Manufacturing Company18%
Marketing Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider17%
Insurance Company7%
Government7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
REVIEWERS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise55%
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Hyper Converged vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,226 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. HPE Hyper Converged is rated 8.6, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of HPE Hyper Converged writes "Easy to manage, great tools and very reasonably priced". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, FalconStor FreeStor, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Scality RING8. See our HPE Hyper Converged vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.

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