StarWind Virtual SAN Previous Solutions

Bryan Schuler
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
This is our first VSAN solution. View full review »
Matthew Henson
Owner at Split Digital LLC
Our SDS software before StarWind was a SAN. It wasn't converged storage. It was a full-blown, normal SAN configuration. We switched to StarWind because we were upgrading everything all at one. We ran into budget constraints which would make building a new SAN almost impractical, if not impossible, to fit it into the budget. Secondarily, the SAN required a lot of maintenance, and we were looking for a less expensive solution. We also wanted something that would not require so much technician time. Previously, we had two full-time people taking care of the SAN, cluster, etc. Now, we only have one. So, StarWind cut our technical labor force in half (cutting this cost in half), and we didn't lay anybody off. We were able to nicely redeploy resources. View full review »
Richard Ojeleye
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
We did not have a solution before StarWind. A consultant recommended this solution. We were also looking into physical solutions, not virtual. View full review »
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MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
We were using a single Dell EMC storage device. There was no software solution. We were looking to build out a DR site. We wanted to avoid having a single point of failure, like we did at our main location. If everything went well during our DR site rollout, we would configure a similar setup in our corporate location. View full review »
Dan Reynolds
Director of IT at BLDD ARCHITECTS INC
We used a conventional hardware SAN. EMC VNXe. It was end of life and I even tried replacing it - EMC could not make it work right. It kept dropping connections. I kept running the old VNXe and discovered StarWind VSAN. Glad I did. View full review »
FAFCO
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
Before StarWind we were still in a non-virtualized environment of standalone servers with disparate hardware. View full review »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
We did not have a previous solution. We went with it for virtualization, and we chose StarWind because it was a software-only solution and we could use off-the-shelf hardware. Everybody else that I looked at was basically selling appliances. They were just outside of our budget. View full review »
reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
In parallel, the use of EMC ScaleIO. Unlike StarWind VSA, the license price depends on the amount of storage and only one copy of the data is used. View full review »
reviewer1145355
User
There were no previous solutions in place. The setup of the VM Environment was mismanaged initially. This software helped me regain control of the management of storage quickly. View full review »
ITManagefb53
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
We were using direct-attached for the primary servers and FreeNAS for the backups. We switched for the real-time replication and the failover. View full review »
reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
We previously used Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct but had numerous reliability issues with the solution. It was definitely not ready for a production environment. View full review »
reviewer903849
User
Yes, we were using a non-clustered Hyper-V setup. The two main problems with that deployment that caused us to switch were: * Single points of failure in both our virtualization and storage systems. The loss of one node in either system didn’t allow for seamless failover. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
I have never used different solutions. View full review »
Branden Beachy
User
We used Compellent (bought by Dell). When we bought it, they discounted it heavily to be competitive, and it was at the low end of what they offered. When we needed to expand it, the costs to do so seemed outrageous. View full review »
reviewer1253883
Sr. Network Engineer at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
We previously used Openfiler then moved to Open-E, and finally Starwind. I would highly recommend StarWind and have in many cases, including for our corporate HQ when we were acquired. View full review »
reviewer1157808
User
We used an HPE StoreVirtual VSA. Its support is ending and a replacement was going to cost too much for us. View full review »
Andrey Naumov
System Administrator at Craft Group
No, I haven't used such solutions before. View full review »
GrzegorzEBX
Owner at Electronics Box
I've used SAN hardware before with no redundancy. View full review »
reviewer1083804
User
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. View full review »
Николай Фокин
User
Previously, we relied on our own resources. We wanted to work on this with the professionals, so we chose this solution. View full review »
Anton Arutyunyan
CTO at Everest
Previously, we had to use Storage Spaces Direct or VMware vSAN for similar projects. Those two are worth mentioning, but they are more expensive and have a larger administrative footprint. View full review »
Kamil
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
No other solution was used for data replication. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at ACS SA
Before our StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) deployment, we had NetApp, IBM DS Series, and HP StorageWorks MSA1000 storage systems. They have low performance and no replication (is very expensive). View full review »
reviewer1185738
User
We did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
reviewer1238652
User at a tech services company
Prior to this solution, we used HPE MSA. We wanted easier tiering, better performance, and not to have everything on one "box". View full review »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at Lipman Insurance Administrators Inc.
AntonChernomazov
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
We used direct-attached storage before StarWind vSAN. View full review »
Abuu Almas
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
I did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
reviewer1244424
Director of Systems and Security at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
I did not use another solution prior to this one. View full review »
Artur Kamalov
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
We did not use a different solution previously. We switched from a system that did not offer high availability. View full review »
reviewer1068294
User
We did not use a different solution before this one. View full review »
Lukasz Z.
VMware Administrator, VMware vExpert at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
I used StarWind and VMware vSAN, but StarWind is 10x cheaper and gives us a solution independent from the hypervisor. This is more secure. View full review »
Norman Allen
Head of Information Technology at Baker Tilly BVI & Baker Tilly Cayman
Prior to adopting StarWind Virtual SAN, I had multiple Dell Equallogic SAN devices. When it was time to replace the Equallogic with new hardware, the costs were unjustifiable after learning about and evaluating StarWind Virtual SAN. View full review »
Evgenii Korsak
User
StarWind is our first hyper-converged solution. View full review »
reviewer910362
User at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
I switched from a Synology HA cluster after it had a split-brain situation and their tech support couldn't tell me why the issue occurred. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about StarWind Virtual SAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
419,794 professionals have used our research since 2012.