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Pros
"Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.""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.""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."

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"Easy to deploy and manage.""Overall the solution is very good.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to deploy. It is easy to create and delete virtual servers. It is easy to create the load balancing and the clustering.""Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware.""The solution is stable.""VMware comes with different stacks like VMware Cloud Foundation, which is integrated with different VMware modules. There's interoperability between VMware products.""If we decide to expand, vSAN could offer us some flexibility. We are researching ways to set this up from a new data center, which is located somewhere different from the current location right now.""The most valuable features are productivity and data storage."

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Cons
"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.""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."

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"In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.""VMware vSAN needs to improve its features because other solutions have more advanced features.""Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64. In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces.""The solution could be improved by having more filtered and multiple view volumes instead of a single view.""Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.""If the support could be provided more quickly, it would be very helpful.""This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.""This is quite an expensive solution."

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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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"I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license.""It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig.""This solution requires the purchase of a license.""It is not that expensive, and it is not even cheap. If it is designed in a proper way, it has good pricing, but if you do oversizing, the price will be high. There are different licensing models.""We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually.""It is expensive. It should be cheaper. It has a perpetual license as well as a subscription-based license, but they are moving towards subscription-based licenses.""Every product is licensed with full support for a certain number of years. The licensing could be cheaper.""It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components."

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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: While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an engineered system. The choice to choose which technology depends on two major… more »
Top Answer: We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
Top Answer: HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We researched VMware vSAN but found HPE was a better option for us. HPE SimpliVity has… more »
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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. 

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider22%
Educational Organization9%
Government8%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Healthcare Company13%
Comms Service Provider11%
Retailer10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise68%

StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 8th in NAS with 4 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with FreeNAS, StorMagic SvSAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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