StarWind Virtual SAN Competitors and Alternatives

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Bryan Schuler
Real User
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
Jan 30 2019

What is most valuable?

* The control panel is nice. It gives you a lot of good feedback as to the status and health of the VSAN. * The synchronization is very nice. * I like its flexibility. It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is more of a perceptual thing with the users. The system that we moved onto it is our ERP system, which handles everything. It handles our orders, workflow, and shop… more»

What needs improvement?

For improvement, I would like to see how the software determines which networks to use for which purpose. It seems like the naming terminology changes a bit from here to… more»

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

I was so impressed by what I saw, because at first, you set it up for free. I set it up for free to see how it worked, because I was losing nothing but time. After I set… more»

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

This is our first VSAN solution.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. Just set it up and follow the instructions. Start with the free version. Make a test bed and play around with it. Then, see how you like it and how it works… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did explore VMware's native VSAN solution. However, its biggest limitation is it requires three nodes. We have two very heavy duty host servers and getting a third one… more»
Real User
User
May 17 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management. We find the support for NFS and iSCSI valuable. This solution is practically… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Technically the change is enormous and the operational risk in case of disaster has been minimized. The monitoring is simple and the user interface is intuitive. The… more»

What needs improvement?

This product could be improved with the inclusion of new health check procedures. Operations performed in distributed file systems are complex and in case of network… more»

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

StarWind is best price/performance for SMB.

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

Before we implemented StarWind Virtual SAN, we used scripts and backup software. This was more of a temporary solution than a proper solution for a production environment.

What other advice do I have?

We spent time evaluating this product and there is no doubt that the choice to implement this solution for production was the right one. My advice is to call (contact)… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other solutions including SimpliVity and VMware vSAN, but StarWind Virtual SAN was on top (best choice). This was not just because it fit our budget, but for… more»
Real User
User
Sep 17 2019

What is most valuable?

We are not a very large organization and have a limited budget available for infrastructure. The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are operational 24/7, every day of the year, so prior to having a clustered system, our users were faced with downtime anytime we applied patches or upgrades to the system. With the StarWind VSAN… more»

What needs improvement?

The system performs as expected, but we're always looking for performance improvements regarding the best utilization of NVMe disks.

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

So far, the software is doing everything we need.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, but it was too restrictive in terms of configuration.
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