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"The most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime.""When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.""The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster.""The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.""Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes.""We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.""The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync.""In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support."

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"This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers."

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Cons
"It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool.""The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen.""We would like to see the documentation more fully developed.""It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows.""Some configuration options still demand service restarting.""Server-side snapshots are one thing the Linux appliance can't do yet.""The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks.""Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell."

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"The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an advanced license. Normally, it's in a standard license. It would be better if they had memory caching features in the product. Some backup features should also be in the product"

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"Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs.""I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.""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.""The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important."

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"It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the standard license. The vendor positions it as an edge product, so it isn't suitable to compare with VMware vSAN or Nutanix because that's another product altogether."

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Questions from the Community
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.
Top Answer: This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.
Top Answer: It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the standard license. The vendor positions it as an edge product, so it isn't suitable… more »
Top Answer: The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an advanced license. Normally, it's in a standard license. It would be better if… more »
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Overview

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.

StorMagic SvSAN simplifies storage at the edge. It is a virtual SAN, virtualizing the internal storage of two servers and creating an active-active mirror that ensures an exact copy of data resides on both servers at any time. Needing just two nodes in each cluster, using any x86 server, any CPU and any storage combination, SvSAN gives you the flexibility to deploy lightweight, low cost highly available storage as you wish. 

A single, incredibly lightweight witness provides quorum to as many as 1000 SvSAN clusters and they can all be deployed and managed from a central location. Stretch your SvSAN clusters across entire cities for added resiliency. Deploy on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisors and avoid vendor lock-in. Leverage sophisticated caching algorithms when superior performance is required. If security is a priority, implement StorSecure - SvSAN's integrated encryption and key management feature. And if redundancy is a concern, deploy three nodes per cluster to withstand two node failures and still keep your applications online.

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
E.ON, Bayer, NHS, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bridgestone, Argos, UnitedHealthcare, Harris Corp.
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StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 40 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 18th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6, while StorMagic SvSAN is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Reasonably-priced, quick and helpful technical support, facilitates 3-2-1 backup compliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StorMagic SvSAN writes "A software-defined storage solution with a useful synchronization feature". StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and NetApp HCI, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, DataCore SANsymphony SDS, HPE SimpliVity, Veeam Backup & Replication and LINBIT SDS.

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