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Pros
"Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.""The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.""They call us when monitoring shows a possible issue and are very flexible in working with our schedule to troubleshoot when it is convenient for us.""Another good feature is that you can pause the appliance if you want to move it from one location to another and then once it's moved you can resume it, this way you can physically move the whole cluster or storage without any downtime. Its really easy to use, if you have a good foundation in storage and clustering then you will need less then one hour to figure out how to operate it."

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"The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""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."

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Cons
"It needs more integration with backup vendors so there is native integration with it that will allow storage level backup/snapshots. I would love to see integration with Veeam and Commvault so it can be recognized by them directly and added as network storage.""StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage.""They could improve by providing integration with HP.""They offered onsite installation, but we chose to do it ourselves. That took longer and was more work for us but saved us a ton of money in the end."

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"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""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.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""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.""The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"StarWind by far provides the best bang for the buck.""It costs about 50,000 euros."

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"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.
Top Answer: StarWind is really transparent on price. Software cost is on the website, and they will work with you on what hardware you want to run on. 
Top Answer: StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage.
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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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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Bosch, EC2 IT, Solid Earth Inc., Canon
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Top Industries
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Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider22%
Educational Organization9%
Government8%
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Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%

StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 8th in NAS with 4 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 38 reviews. StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.8, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Works as a service and does not require too many resources on the host". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with FreeNAS, StorMagic SvSAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN.

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