We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well."
"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."
"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers."
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind."
"The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."
"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 complete."
"The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure."
"This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."
"The interface is very user-friendly."
"Sangfor has many solutions, and you can easily manage their machine servers with just one management. They're always striving for greatness, and they continuously update their products. For example, they have now built endpoint security within the firewall. They are continuously improving not only the security but also all other products."
"The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features."
"I would rate the user-friendliness an eight out of ten."
"It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything."
"The most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud."
"I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings."
"Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition)."
"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."
"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."
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."
"Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."
"We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."
"As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security."
"The error reporting needs to be improved."
"Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like."
"Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux."
"It can have more compatibility and new features. I would also like to see better performance. Some of the other HCI solutions already provide the SSD and flash storage and much higher Intel processors. Sangfor HCI can improve on that."
"The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."
"The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
"I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
"The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
"Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
"The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive."
"It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features."
"The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products."
"Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list. You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers."
"The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies."
"The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost."
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.
Sangfor HCI consolidates traditional hardware-appliance-based security, IP network, storage network, server and storage into one tier of commodity hardware (x86 server), forming a standardized HCI unit. By building IT infrastructure with a standardized HCI vendor and realizing visible, centralized operation & management via a unified WEB platform, users can enjoy an ultra-simplified, on-demand IT framework that is evolvable. Enquire today to find out more about cloud data storage and other solutions.
For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.
Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality.
StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy.
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Sangfor HCI is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". Sangfor HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality RING8, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSAN. See our Sangfor HCI vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.
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