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"The configuration of the solution and the user interface are both quite good."

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"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."

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"The management features are pretty good, but they still have room for improvement."

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"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."

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"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."

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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 Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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Red Hat Ceph Storage is an enterprise open source platform that provides unified software-defined storage on standard, economical servers and disks. With block, object, and file storage combined into one platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage efficiently and automatically manages all your data.

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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Red Hat Ceph Storage is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 40 reviews. Red Hat Ceph Storage is rated 7.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Red Hat Ceph Storage writes "Excellent user interface, good configuration capabilities and quite stable". 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". Red Hat Ceph Storage is most compared with MinIO, VMware vSAN, Portworx Enterprise, IBM Spectrum Scale and Cloudian HyperStore, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, DataCore SANsymphony SDS and StorMagic SvSAN.

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