Anonymous UserSenior Technical Architect at HS Data Ltd
Chamith PereraSenior Systems Specialist and Pre-Sales at a tech vendor
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"It allows compute and storage to operate separately, and has the ability to take SAN nodes out of production for maintenance with little effort and zero downtime."
"The initial setup is straightforward, not a complex procedure."
"HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."
"It appears to be very stable and very robust."
"The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent."
"The solution is very stable."
"The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs."
"It's very stable and it's easy to use."
"GPFS monitoring is the best feature."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms."
"We are using it for monitoring all of our storage."
"The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."
"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."
"The product is coming to end-of-life in the next three years."
"Hardware and disk failures are happening frequently."
"I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."
"One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that."
"The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options."
"The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users."
"The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger."
"It is a costly solution."
"The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage."
"The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers."
"Integration with other vendors is not available."
"It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step."
"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."
"For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."
"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution."
"The licensing is based on the number of terabytes."
"The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."
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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.
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
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HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 10 reviews while IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews. HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.6, while IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HPE StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Storage system with good performance that has GPFS monitoring and NFS support". HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, whereas IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, VMware vSAN, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Scality RING8. See our HPE StoreVirtual vs. IBM Spectrum Scale report.
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