Bern FarrantSecurity and Systems Engineer at New Creation Consulting
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure."
"The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory."
"It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions."
"The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"
"The most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime."
"When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed."
"The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster."
"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."
"More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring."
"I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools."
"It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes."
"Documentation management could be improved"
"It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool."
"The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen."
"We would like to see the documentation more fully developed."
"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."
"With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly."
"Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."
"Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs."
"I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it."
"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."
Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.
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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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 40 reviews. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". 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". Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage and DataCore SANsymphony SDS, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.
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