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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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
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 »
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
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 »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward. View full review »
IT Manager at a software R&D 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 »
As a nonprofit with a limited budget, we are very satisfied with the licensing model provided by StarWind. The initial setup was quick and mostly effortless. Additionally, the support has been superb on the few occasions we've had to reach out to them. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
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
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 »
The basic setup is very easy and the cost is reasonable for support. View full review »
Owner at a security firm with 11-50 employees
StarWind is best price/performance for SMB. View full review »
Specialist in the center of security at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has a great price for the functionality. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy. View full review »
SAO Dept. Head at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
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 »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at a insurance company
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 »
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
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 »
User at a Consumer Goods with 51-200 employees
StarWind was the least expensive option I considered. Their maintenance cost is reasonable. View full review »
Virtual Cloud Admin at a construction company with 51-200 employees
The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great. View full review »
Jason Liu
IT Specialist` at a renewables & environment company with 51-200 employees
We are happy with the price. View full review »
Regional IT Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 5,001-10,000 employees
Cost is affordable and licensing is smooth. View full review »
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