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"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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"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."

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"The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are good. Snapshot copies are pretty much the write-in time data backups. Obviously, critical data is snapshotted a lot more frequently, and even clients and end users find it easier to restore whatever they need if it's file-based, statical, etc.""The solution’s Snapshot copies and thin clones in terms of operational recovery are the best thing since sliced bread. Rollback is super easy. It's just simple, and it works. It's very efficient.""The solution’s unified file and block-storage access across our infrastructure is invaluable. Without it, we can't do what we do.""This solution has made everything easier to do.""It gives a solution for storage one place to go across everything. So, the customer is very familiar with NetApp on-prem. It allows them to gain access to the file piece. It helps them with the training aspect of it, so they don't have to relearn something new. They already know this product. They just have to learn some widgets or what it's like in the cloud to operate and deploy it in different ways.""This solution has helped us because it is easy to use.""The most valuable features of this solution are SnapShot, FlexClone, and deduplication.""The stability has been really good."

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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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"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."

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"How it handles erasure coding. I feel it the improvement should be there. Basically, it should be seamless. You don't want to have an underlying hardware issue or something, then suddenly there's no reads or writes. Luckily, it's at a replication site, so our main production site is still working and writing to it. But, the replication site has stopped right now while we try to bring that node back. Since we implemented in bare-metal, not in appliance, we had to go back to the original vendor. They didn't send it in time, and we had a hardware memory issue. Then, we had a hard disk issue, which brought the node down physically.""We have used technical support. As long as they don't call me at four o'clock in the morning to tell me that a drive failed and they are sending me another one, I like it. They have a tendency to do that.""Multipathing for iSCSI LUNs is difficult to deal with from the client-side and I'd love to see a single entry point that can be moved around within the cluster to simplify the client configuration.""I would like some more performance matrices to know what it is doing. It has some matrices inherent to the Cloud Volumes ONTAP. But inside Cloud Manager, it would also be nice to see. You can have a little Snapshot, then drill down if you go a little deeper.""I would like to see better integration with Active IQ.""Only AWS and Azure public clouds are currently available from China, and I would like to see support for Aliyun (Alibaba Cloud).""NetApp CVO needs to have more exposure and mature further before it will have greater acceptance.""In the next release, I would like to see more options on the dashboard."

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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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"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."

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"Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying to optimize the costs.""I know the licensing is a bit on the high-end. That's when we had to downsize our MetroCluster disks and just migrate to disks that were half used. We migrated into those just to reduce maintenance costs.""Cost is a big factor, because a lot of companies can't afford enterprise grade equipment all the time. They skimp where they can. I would recommend that they improve the cost.""Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.""For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA.""Once we deploy the pay as you go model, we cannot convert this product as a BYOL model. This is a concern that we have.""They have a very good price which keeps our customers happy.""They give us a good price for CVO licenses. It is one of the reasons that we went with the product."

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Also Known As
HPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA
ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVO
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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 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.

The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

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NBrIX, WIND Telecom, Netrics
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Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Comms Service Provider23%
Computer Software Company18%
Government9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Healthcare Company12%
Retailer8%
Government8%
Hospitality Company8%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government8%
Retailer5%
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Healthcare Company25%
Computer Software Company13%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company9%
Media Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise80%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise70%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, StarWind, DataCore and others in Software Defined Storage (SDS). Updated: September 2021.
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HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 10 reviews while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is ranked 1st in Cloud Software Defined Storage with 27 reviews. HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.6, while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is rated 8.8. 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 NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP writes "Critical data is snapshotted more frequently making it easier to restore". HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, whereas NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is most compared with Azure NetApp Files, VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Spectrum Scale and Portworx Enterprise.

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