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David Rager
Real User
CEO CIO at Store & Haul Inc
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

High-availability is what I bought it for. The hardware footprint size is good. They use Dell EMC boxes for the appliances. They're pretty standard for the industry, as… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're getting close to 50 trucks and growing pretty quickly. We have guys out on the road all the time and this system we're putting in place is going to track all of that… more»

What needs improvement?

This is just being nit-picky but the only thing I have run into is that I did want to add more hard drives into the host, so that we could look at doing a RAID 10, and the… more»

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

I honestly feel that there's no one else in the market doing what they're doing for the price point that they're doing it at. That's why I asked them about investing in… more»

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

We didn't have a previous solution. This TMW system, deploying it, is the first that I've had. It's my first attempt at streamlining everything from a systems perspective… more»

What other advice do I have?

I feel like it's a pretty solid solution. I actually asked them if they're publicly traded because I was going to buy stock in their company. I would really encourage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at other options like the vSAN from VMware, but the prices for our size of company were just too cost-prohibitive. Cost was the main, deciding factor. I compared… more»
Kristopher Skully
Real User
Systems Administrator at Hospice of the Western Reserve
Sep 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The biggest thing we were looking for was redundancy, with both the compute and the storage, so that way we could lose a full node and still keep everything up and running, and not have to worry about… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The old solution we had worked. It was starting to show its age and it consisted of several more pieces of equipment than the StarWind HyperConverged Appliances. It has saved us time because there are… more»

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

Other than the standard licensing fee for StarWind HCA, there are the server costs and the server support. We purchased all of this thorough StarWind on one invoice.

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

Our previous Hyper-V cluster was a classic architecture cluster with separate iSCSI SANs. It consisted of five Dell EMC servers and four Dell EMC EqualLogic SANs that took some trial and error, along… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that we've learned from using it is to let somebody else do all the hard work of finding the right configuration and putting together the hardware. It will save you a lot of time… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell EMC VxRail, Nutanix, HPE Simplivity, and another option. In terms of the differences between these solutions and StarWind, price was a huge factor, as well as flexibility and the… more»
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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 determine which HCA would be appropriate for us. This… 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 easy one.

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) and to increase fault tolerance since we only had one… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. We evaluated Nutanix, HPE, Dell, NetApp, Scale.
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 at night knowing we can lose an entire node without… 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 server licensing, by using the Datacenter edition.

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 since putting them in production 12 months ago.

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated Dell EMC VxRail and Scale HC3.
Ben Poole
Real User
User
May 31 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are consolidated storage, low cost and overhead compared to previous solutions. As an NPO, we are always concerned with new technology and the associated costs. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has allowed us to focus on streamlining our IT Infrastructure. We no longer need multiple staff members performing small, mundane tasks. We have ProActive support and alerting that takes… more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing my team has recommended improving on is possibly a StarWind-customized GUI to monitor the overall system health, similar to 5nine Manager. There is nothing else I would recommend… more»

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

For organizations such as ours (NPO), the Microsoft Hyper-V route was too affordable to pass on. Some of our team prefers VMware, but Hyper-V has been pretty good for us with StarWind.

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

Previously we used a mix of physical and virtualized servers. This was antiquated and inadequate for our organization, so we gave StarWind a try.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other options before choosing this solution, including some time we spent working with Scale HC3, and a little with SimpliVity.
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. Being a 100% software-defined hyperconverged… 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?

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

PieterGrootendorst
Consultant
Technical Consultant at GMA
Jul 12 2019

What is most valuable?

I've found its flexibility and performance to be the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

This product is not one hundred percent enterprise-ready, so it is more suitable for SMB. The price could always be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

When I researched they came the most cost-effective. If you're in a small to medium business, I certainly advise any users to evaluate it. At the moment I haven't any reason or cause for improvement because it does what it does as it says on the tin, and it just works. I can see for a large enterprise that it could cause problems because it's not one hundred percent enterprise-ready, but for small… more»
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 something goes wrong. There is a failover machine… 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 solution has allowed us to take advantage of newer… 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 hyper-converged software.

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 wanted to add a hyper-converged product to free up… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other options.
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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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