StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Room for Improvement

David Rager
CEO CIO at Store & Haul Inc
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 hard drive prices were pretty expensive. I think they're just getting pricing straight from whoever supplies their hardware. They do have the Dell EMC guarantee where, if you have hardware that goes out, you will have a replacement there by the next day. So if one of my drives goes out they'll have a new one to me by the next day. But I compared the price of one hard drive - I can't remember what size it was - and the cost was about $700. I could buy one like that from a Best Buy for $100. Obviously one is enterprise-level and one is just a personal-user-type of drive. They're not apples to apples but the price difference was still pretty significant. I was expecting more like a $300 or $400 difference. Again, that's pretty nit-picky and I don't think it has anything to do with StarWind itself. I think it's more on whomever they work with for their hardware. View full review »
Claire Madison
IT Manager at Projects Inc.
I wish I understood what goes into the StarWind software a little bit better. To me, it's kind of magic the way some of it works. As an IT professional, you don't really want things to be magic. I do wish there was a little more "Here's how it works." There could be more documentation given to administrators to know, just in case you have to troubleshoot this by yourself, what you should look out for. View full review »
Andrew_Lee
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a retailer with 201-500 employees
We were slightly disappointed with the hardware footprint. We were led to believe, and all the pre-sales tech information requirements pointed to the fact, that it was coming on Dell hardware. Then it came on bulk servers. They asked for some email addresses for iDRAC and the like. We thought, "Oh good, it's Dell. We're familiar with that kind of hardware infrastructure." Our other servers here are Dell so we know how the Dell ecosphere works. But then, these weren't Dell. These are Supermicro, which, when you boil it down, are the same Intel parts. But it's a little reminiscent of putting together OEM PCs. That's how the servers look. But they're in and they're working. What you're not paying for, and that may be why it was £36,000 instead of £110,000, are those Dell Concierge services. They've got a well-rounded, iDRAC infrastructure and we could integrate it into our other stuff. We're all used to how all the ILO stuff works on it. But here it's, "Oh, Supermicro. It all looks a bit '2002.'" It's not what we weren't expecting but it works. View full review »
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ReinierMuller
Interim CTO at Royal Koopmans
A past problem that they fixed was related to split-brain syndrome. The only thing that is lacking would be a fool-proof GUI for system administrators. At the moment, the initial configuration is very technical and error-prone. That is the reason StarWind does it for you as a service, which is a great thing. But it would be nice if we could change or rearrange storage assignments ourselves. View full review »
reviewer968163
IT Operations Manager
We are happy with the product, and my only suggestion would be a better process for an unplanned power outage. View full review »
Ho-Ching Yung
IT Director/Senior Software Developer at a construction company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Ben Poole
User
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 improving because everything from sales, installation to post-install service for the past year has been great. View full review »
reviewer977253
User at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
None so far. StarWind has met our needs, exceeded our expectation, and increased our system up-time and availability. View full review »
Andrew Wolf
Civil Engineer at a construction company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
PieterGrootendorst
Technical Consultant at GMA
This product is not one hundred percent enterprise-ready, so it is more suitable for SMB. The price could always be reduced. View full review »
David Roberge
User
It's been a few months since the implementation, and so far, the only improvement I'd like to see is the addition of a web console to manage the clusters instead of a client to install. View full review »
reviewer1026594
User
Better overall monitoring software. Maybe integration with Windows Admin Center was a good direction to go with on monitoring software. View full review »
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