Compare Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs. StarWind Virtual SAN

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is rated 9.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure writes "Comes in a small, compact model that does not have any separate management but it is not so stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "It is more flexible than most VSAN solutions. You can run it across two hosts. You don't need a third host observing it". Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is most compared with Sangfor HCI and HPE SimpliVity, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix. See our Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.
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The most useful feature is the solution's automation in terms of how we are able to spin up a certain workload in real-time when we are doing R&D.The size of the hardware is what we need because it is very good for small configurations.

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It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.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.A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.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.The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.

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The licensing policy needs to be improved. They have a licensing policy based on the number of CPU sockets. Nowadays what has happened is that the license they are trying to move is based on the number of CPU cores. With the advancement in technology there are now more cores in a single CPU. It's been very challenging in terms of managing the license around everything. Today we have a processor with 24 and 32 cores on the same physical CPU.This product is not so stable. Maybe it is just not mature enough in its development.

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New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug.I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.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.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.For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.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.I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.

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The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.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.

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Red Hat HCI, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization
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Overview

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure - based on our leading OpenStack and virtualization platforms - provides co-located, scalable, software-defined compute and storage, driven by Red Hat Ansible Automation on economical, industry-standard hardware.

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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Manufacturing Company10%
Software R&D Company8%
Engineering Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Construction Company7%
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Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise17%
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Small Business58%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise18%
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