Compare StarWind Storage Appliance vs. StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 8th in NAS with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 49 reviews. StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Has a good management interface and good stability". 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". StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with FreeNAS, StorMagic and StarWind Virtual SAN, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix.
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Pros
The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.We are able to easily back up our data and send it to an offsite location.It is very easy to use and very cost effective.

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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.Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.High Availability is the best feature of product.It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.

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They could improve by providing integration with HP.An improvement would be if they reached out to education customers with other available products.

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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.Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It costs about 50,000 euros.

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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.I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.

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Overview

For SMB and Enterprises who are looking for high performance primary storage for server virtualization, VDI, database and Big Data scenarios, or inexpensive secondary backup tier, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, and associated software into an easily scalable storage platform.

Additionally, the appliance features an optional gateway to Azure public cloud, which helps to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan or meet regulatory requirements. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules, or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes allows scaling out. 

StarWind SA targets those, who need high-performance primary storage or secondary storage for backup. In case there is a whole virtualization infrastructure to build from scratch, StarWind HCA will come in handy. Otherwise, if all the required hardware is present, StarWind Virtual SAN will be enough to build a high-performance virtualization setup. 

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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Sample Customers
Bosch, EC2 IT, Solid Earth Inc., CanonBaker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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Manufacturing Company11%
Software R&D Company8%
Engineering Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company17%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Small Business54%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise18%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise16%
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