StarWind Virtual SAN Pricing and License Cost

Bryan Schuler
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
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 it up, and everything worked, I was like, "Okay, I don't need anything else for this. Let's get the licensing and go." The pricing is more than reasonable. The licensing is a bit weird. If you license the standard version of StarWind, it allows you four terabytes. Then, they have a pro version, but with the pro version, the only difference is it doubles the terabytes to eight. However, that is just one drive size upwards in an array. You are first going from two terabyte drives to four terabyte drives, then you will soon be going to eight terabyte drives and upwards, for SSDs which are coming out. Therefore, it is weird that they have the middle tier in there, their pro tier. Then, they have their enterprise, which is unlimited. I can see their licensing better structured if their lower tier either had less drive space or the middle tier had more, by maybe a factor of four rather than doubling it. From a sales and marketing point of view, the difference between going from pro to unlimited is unclear. It seems like, "Why not just go unlimited? Why even have the middle tier there?" View full review »
Matthew Henson
Owner at Split Digital LLC
For pricing, you have two things that come into it: * The cost of the hardware. * The software licensing pricing. When we did all the analysis for StarWind, it was approximately 20 percent less than any of the other solutions that we looked at. This wasn't our only criteria, as you don't want to buy the cheapest thing, then find out you have a problem. Also, StarWind isn't the cheapest solution out there, but it is certainly cost-effective relative to the major players. I haven't seen any difference in quality overall. StarWind works as well as any of the major players would have for us. The scalability limitation for us is its licensing. At some point in the fairly near future, we will probably have to upgrade our license so we can store eight terabytes instead of four. We are currently at four terabytes, but we're starting to knock on the door of that capacity. Going forward, we will probably pay for a license upgrade, then we can add more capacity. We just haven't done it yet. View full review »
Richard Ojeleye
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The pricing is fine for the work that it does. I have had no issues. When we bought it three to four years ago for what we needed, it was literally cheaper than the alternative which was ten times the amount and took up physical space. The license is reusable. We can always rebuild it and apply the license. Then, boom, we get new servers, apply the license, and we're back up and running. View full review »
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MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
It's priced fairly. It was definitely cheaper than the competition. The licensing terms are straightforward and reasonable. View full review »
Dan Reynolds
Director of IT at BLDD ARCHITECTS INC
Be very clear in what you want. I was misquoted what I needed and ended up having to go back to the boss two times. And was running crippled while doing that. It was not pretty. Make sure they know what you have and what you want. Especially sizes. --This really only applies if you do the FREE method first. View full review »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward. View full review »
reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
The cost of deployment is minimal, almost a product out of the box. The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important. View full review »
ITManagefb53
IT Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The pricing is excellent. It will run on anything. You don't have to buy a $100,000 server, with hardware you don't need. You just pay for the license and you're good to go. View full review »
reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment. View full review »
reviewer1397937
Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
its a good option compared with other vendors as licence is perpetual and wont charge every three years as HPE. View full review »
Mart Vernik
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
Something to keep in mind is that you are not allowed to install security and bug fixes without active support agreement. View full review »
reviewer1378515
CIO at Sheremetevo Security
Make sure that you understand what all of the pieces do and don't make the assumption that you can drop support once setup is complete. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it. If you like it then you will definitely like the more advanced, full paid version. View full review »
Branden Beachy
User
The licensing is pretty simple, and the costs are straightforward. Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs. View full review »
Justin Graves
IT Supervisor at Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.
Evaluate your solutions. This is a great solution for those user Hyper-V and ready to hyper-converge. View full review »
reviewer1157808
User
The basic setup is very easy and the cost is reasonable for support. View full review »
Andrey Naumov
System Administrator at Craft Group
This is a very good solution for small businesses. View full review »
GrzegorzEBX
Owner at Electronics Box
reviewer1083804
User
StarWind is best price/performance for SMB. View full review »
Anton Arutyunyan
CTO at Everest
The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions. View full review »
aycayilmaz
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
The price is more affordable than other solutions. The product is excellent in value and benefit. View full review »
Kamil
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
This solution has a great price for the functionality. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at ACS SA
This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy. View full review »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at Lipman Insurance Administrators Inc.
I have not seen any other storage solution that delivers the features that StarWind does for anywhere near the price. Licensing and support costs are very simple and straightforward. View full review »
AntonChernomazov
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
Setup is simple, so it's cheap. Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing. View full review »
Abuu Almas
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective. View full review »
reviewer1244424
Director of Systems and Security at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost. View full review »
Artur Kamalov
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
My advice is to use all the features of the service, including software updates and technical support. View full review »
Lukasz Z.
VMware Administrator, VMware vExpert at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The version for vSphere is very cheap, and anyone interested should buy a three-node version for the test environment. View full review »
Evgenii Korsak
User
The licensing is straightforward, with free and trial versions available. Use the trial version before buying. Contact StarWind support in case of questions or issues. The support is very good. View full review »
LeonKan
Virtual Cloud Admin at IST
The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great. View full review »
Jason Liu
IT Specialist` at Grand River Conservation Authority
We are happy with the price. View full review »
Tamim
Regional IT Manager at SABIS
Cost is affordable and licensing is smooth. View full review »
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