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Anonymous User
Real User
IT Operations Manager
Dec 03 2018

What is most valuable?

The management interface is really easy to use. Updates are much less painful, and the proactive support is fantastic.

How has it helped my organization?

Our two goals were to improve performance and add fault tolerance. Even before implementation, the StarWind team analyzed our current workload to… more»

What needs improvement?

We are happy with the product, and my only suggestion would be a better process for an unplanned power outage.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Do your research. You will find that nothing compares to the value you get with the HCA appliance. If you have a limited budget, the decision is an… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used an HP StorageWorks X1600 for our shared storage with two HP DL360 G7s as our hosts. We switched due to performance issues (slow backups)… more»
Ho-Ching Yung
Real User
IT Director/Senior Software Developer at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Jan 31 2019

What is most valuable?

* StarWind Virtual SAN. We no longer have to manage storage via multiple local server disks. * Added fault tolerance helps everybody sleep easier… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has achieved our goals of centralizing storage management because of the StarWind Virtual SAN, added fault tolerance, and simplified Microsoft… more»

What needs improvement?

It could potentially be less reliable due to the Hypervisor, and the cluster relies on Microsoft Windows Server. However, we have not had any issue… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's the only vendor that allow two nodes, all other vendors I researched at that time (late 2017) requires at least three nodes.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No.
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Anonymous User
Real User
User at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 02 2019

What is most valuable?

* Proactive monitoring and support * The ability to achieve high availability.

How has it helped my organization?

We chose StarWind HyperConverged Appliance because it could be easily integrated into the existing IT infrastructure… more»

What needs improvement?

None so far. StarWind has met our needs, exceeded our expectation, and increased our system up-time and availability.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

What other advice do I have?

Andrew Wolf
Real User
Civil Engineer at a construction company with 11-50 employees
Aug 20 2018

What is most valuable?

We have found the live migration to be the most valuable feature. It allows us to seamlessly maintain our servers, as well as have peace of mind if… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution came preconfigured. All we needed to do was plug it in and move our VMs. The migration was seamless and we have had no issues. This… more»

What needs improvement?

A desired feature or service would be the ability to have a hardware subscription plan that ensures routine hardware updates in conjunction with… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its cost was reasonable.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't previously use a hyper-converged solution. We used Veeam to take care of any potential failovers manually. We still utilize Veeam, but we… more»

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What is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance?

For SMB, ROBO and Enterprises, who look to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer. The HCA supports scale-up by adding disks and flash, and scale-out by adding extra nodes.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance consists of StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN “Ready Nodes”, targeting those, who are building their virtualization infrastructure from scratch. In case there is an existing set of servers, we offer a “software only version”, which is essentially our years proven StarWind Virtual SAN. Basically, it’s the fuel powering StarWind HCA. 

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