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"The scalability is great, because it can scale independently.""It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node.""We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local.""It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run.""When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh.""It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do.""It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%.""The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well."

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"We are able to do maintenance by bringing down one node at a time, rather than having to schedule a complete shutdown.""User friendly interface and straight forward implementation.""StarWind Virtual SAN is a very easy-to-use solution that can be quickly and easily deployed and configured without intimate and specific knowledge in the virtualization sphere.""This has helped to improve the reliability of service and operation in all departments, without having to stop in case of emergency situations.""The access to our data is quicker and cheaper than it used to be in a traditional storage system.""Before VSAN, hypervisor configuration changes and updates resulted in VM outages. Now, downtime is dramatically reduced.""The most valuable feature is the managed service, which has been an important part of monitoring our critical infrastructure.""This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management."

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"In the next version I would like to see bigger GPU types and insurance for including transparency.""The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive.""It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well.""Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment.""There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug.""I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has.""HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources.""The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment."

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"It would be helpful to have a little more insight into what kind of performance the VSAN cluster is utilizing; something that would be more proactive on our side, versus their ProActive Support.""They recommend RAID10 for HDD, which reduces the usable storage capacity.""StarWind currently has a Windows native application that it uses for management. There is not a web-based GUI at this time.""It would help us if the vendor continues to release software updates for earlier versions of the Windows operating systems.""In all areas the product could be made faster.""The cluster configuration is time-consuming and tedious.""I am expecting to see it more user-friendly in the future.""This product could be improved with the inclusion of new health check procedures."

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"All the licenses are included when you buy the program.""You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.""This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually."

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"It's priced fairly. It was definitely cheaper than the competition. The licensing terms are straightforward and reasonable.""Cost is affordable and licensing is smooth.""This is a good, economical solution compared to data storage systems.""The licensing is straightforward, with free and trial versions available.""StarWind is best price/performance for SMB.""We evaluated other options and this one was the most cost-effective.""The Price/Performance ratio for this solution is outstanding!""Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs."

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Top Answer: The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to… more »
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NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 47 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 7.8, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Two-node device gives us storage replication; we can do updates without a complete storage shutdown". NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and DataCore SANsymphony SDS, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE StoreVirtual. See our NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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