Compare StarWind Virtual SAN vs. VMware vSAN

StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 1st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 54 reviews. StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity. See our StarWind Virtual SAN vs. VMware vSAN report.
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It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.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.

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We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodesIt is more stable now than it was before. It's not like it was in the first year. Now it is stable, and we trust it more.VMware vSAN has greatly reduced refresh spending.The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.The most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.

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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.I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.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.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.

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When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there.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.Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.This solution is not great for large file shares/object/rich media repository.This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.It is an expensive solution.

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The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.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.

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ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.I'd love for this product to be cheaper.The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing.What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing.

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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.

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
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company10%
Construction Company8%
Software R&D Company8%
Engineering Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company18%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Construction Company7%
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Healthcare Company18%
Retailer15%
University9%
Manufacturing Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company37%
Comms Service Provider13%
Retailer6%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise17%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business58%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise18%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise68%
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