StarWind Virtual SAN Primary Use Case

Bryan Schuler
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
We had a need for some high speed I/O in our data center to run some specific high demand virtual machines. We currently have an older SAN unit, but it's slow, since it uses mechanical drives. Therefore, we decided to obtain a bunch of Intel SSDs and attach them directly to the two virtualized hosts, then I used StarWind virtual machines as the controllers to tie them together into a VSAN. After that, I moved the VMs over. Once everything was hooked up and talking to each other, it works fine. View full review »
Matthew Henson
Owner at Split Digital LLC
We use it for data redundancy and failover. View full review »
Richard Ojeleye
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
The primary use case is to provide a virtual storage for our data and virtual machines. Not having a budget for a physical SAN, we use what we have to get the best of what we have, this is primary reason for using this VSAN. View full review »
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IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
We're using it in our DR site for replicating virtual machines from a primary site. We needed a solution that took up less rack space, so we went with something that converged infrastructure. It's providing storage for our virtual platform. View full review »
Dan Reynolds
Started with a trial and then moved to the paid version. I have a 3 node cluster, (20) 1TB spinning drives, RAID 0, (3) 800 GB SSD drives, RAID 5 and 18GB RAM cache per node. Using 10G Infiniband for the iSCSI & SYNC network loops. This is to support local disks of VMware Horizon View full clone desktops. View full review »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
We needed to consolidate our physical servers, so we went with the StarWind cluster to virtualize our servers. View full review »
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
We have been using VMware vSphere as a fail-safe storage solution in a virtualization environment since 2009. Scaling options were initially two nodes. In industrial operation, there were solutions from three nodes. The storage is deployed on a 1Gb-10Gb ethernet network and HP servers with SAS and SSD drives. To increase performance, caching technologies based on RAID controller functions were used, and later StarWind L2 Cache functionality was used. In 2020, it is planned to deploy storage that is based on new technologies: Intel Optane memory (DCPMM storage), VMware Vsphere Enterprise Plus 6.7, and 25Gb networks. We hope that this solution will be able to provide maximum performance using StarWind VSAN for Vsphere. View full review »
IT Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
The primary use case is backup storage for our VM servers. View full review »
I used their Virtual SAN software to add new SANs to my VMware environment. I began working for a company that had a Virtual Environment already in place and there was no documentation regarding the configuration of the system. The storage was not managed correctly and I had to find a way to make space with what hardware I had at the time. View full review »
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
We are using VSAN in our private cloud environment to provide highly redundant CSVs to a Hyper-V Cluster. We are using a converged environment so we have two commodity grade servers setup as a highly available StarWind cluster, then we have numerous Hyper-V compute nodes which access CSVs from the StarWind cluster. We are able to use Veeam to backup and replicate the VM files from the CSV/cluster. We use off the shelf 10 GbE SPF+ modules and off the shelf 10 GbE switches. With MPIO, we were able to create a redundant network infrastructure to support our SAN network. View full review »
Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
We have Microsoft Hyper-V. StarWind is configured as a two-node cluster with a Windows environment. It is crucial for the Virtual Machines that give us the resiliency of Exchange, 4TB File Servers, Networking Services, Quickbooks Server, Terminal Servers, Virtualized Spam Protection, Active Directory Services, and a few others. We needed something that allows for better resiliency than the old way of doing things. We have seen other choices out there but this seemed to be the best one, given our budget and the hardware we wanted to use. View full review »
Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
Our primary use case is for physical to virtual environment migration, requiring a VSAN storage for a data center we had an old BLC 460 gen 6 blades with physical storage attached. If we had any issues with the hardware or operating system the downtime for production would be for hours, so we created a virtual data center with VMware vSphere and added 3 20TB storage on each host then created 3-node StarWind scenario being shared on all 3 hosts, and creating virtual machines on 3 hosts and now running on StarWind storage. View full review »
Mart Vernik
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere provides redundant and highly available storage for our VMware vSphere environment. We have two Supermicro 2029BT-DNC0R servers with VMware ESXi 6.7 and one StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere virtual machine on each. Local SSD-s are directly attached to StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere virtual machine and software RAID is used to make storage from them. For StarWind synchronization, we are using Mellanox ConnectX-4 adapters and directly attached cable between nodes. View full review »
CIO at Sheremetevo Security
We are using VSAN in our cloud environment to provide CSVs to the Hyper-V Group. We are using a converged environment, so we have two commodity class servers configured as a high availability StarWind cluster and then we have many Hyper-V compute nodes that access the CSVs from the StarWind cluster. We can use Veeam to back up and replicate the virtual machine files from the CSV/cluster. We use SPF + 10 GbE modules off the shelf and 10 GbE switches off the shelf. We were able to create a redundant network infrastructure to support our SAN network. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
We had to build a highly available Hyper-V cluster. As I work for a charitable organization, the most important part is keeping costs as low as possible. I have looked into a few solutions and none was as easy to deploy because it allows us to use hardware that we already have and not invest a lot of money. View full review »
Branden Beachy
We have a four-host VMware environment with over one hundred and forty virtual servers that runs everything on our network except for backups and video storage. We are using Dell R730xd servers filled with a combination of hard drives and SSDs, as well as some PCIe storage for high-performance VMs. View full review »
Sr. Network Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
We have set up a dual StarWind SAN with a fault-tolerant volume for our critical virtual servers in addition to some non-fault-tolerant volumes for less critical virtual servers in both our corporate HQ and one of our large divisions. The corporate site is using Hyper-V and the other division using VMware ESX. Between the two sites we have 15+ physical servers with over 150 VMs running. Our corporate site uses Dell servers w/SAS drives for the two StarWind nodes and the division site built two white box type servers using NAS-specific SATA drives. Both solutions have been outstanding. View full review »
Justin Graves
IT Supervisor at Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.
Highly available HyperV cluster. Our environment includes 2 Hyper-V hosts with onboard storage running about 20 virtual machines. StarWind allowed for a redundant cluster to be configured without any extra storage and easily create an HA cluster. StarWind Virtual San functions as the primary drivers for all of our storage needs in the highly available cluster. It is used almost daily to allow for live migration of machines and failover in the event of maintenance or physical host hardware problems. View full review »
We use VMware ESXi and needed a SAN replacement. Our old SAN is an HPE StoreVirtual VSA, but we are running out of space and it's getting old, so our support will be ending soon. We will use the storage for our main cluster including OS and data drives. View full review »
Andrey Naumov
System Administrator at Craft Group
We needed to deploy the new infrastructure in our new data center as soon as possible. As a reliable, fault-tolerant storage, we chose StarWind solution. I took two old Supermicro servers and installed them in RAID controllers and SSD drives, then installed Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Hyper-V role. Then, I made StarWind the two-node iSCSI target. The servers were connected to the VMware cluster via the iSCSI 10 GbE interfaces. The storage showed very good speed results with SQL databases, file servers, and MS Exchange, which completely satisfied us. View full review »
Owner at Electronics Box
Before, we used a cluster of two Windows servers with shared storage system on a single SAN. One of them was a working clustered SQL server with database mirroring. Every part of the system was redundant except for SAN. It was almost satisfying. Every cluster server system we know needs shared storage system. The cluster could be fully redundant, but this redundancy is worth nothing without a redundant storage system. We had a single SAN system. As a single system, SAN was not redundant. But we needed a redundant storage system. We always were afraid that once upon a time our SAN will stop to work. We, of course, had backups, but it was not enough. What we needed was the system with no data loss in case of issues and with no interruption (or only several seconds of interruption) in data processing. We were looking for a relatively simple and not very expensive solution. Why have we selected StarWind among other storage solutions? Actually, I don’t know why. Simply, I was looking for a solution using Google. StarWind was the first system I found that gave me hope. When I did some tests with StarWind, I stopped looking for anything more. View full review »
IT Manager at North Valley Health Center
We use this product in our VMWare vSphere environment. We use vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus and have a four host system. All four hosts have matching solid-state storage in a raid 10 array. We have two pairs acting as sync pairs so that one host in each pair can fail before we lose access to the VMs on those hosts. They are connected via 40GB redundant links for both iSCSI and sync. We have really tried to focus on both speed and redundancy and feel that this setup was the best way to accomplish that goal. View full review »
Our primary use case is for a distributed virtual SAN over two data centers. Virtual SAN uses three servers in two data centers. View full review »
Николай Фокин
Our primary use case is data storage. It has helped us to make better strategical decisions, work safely and quickly. View full review »
Anton Arutyunyan
CTO at Everest
Our company, an IT integrator in Ukraine, conducted a pilot deployment of five two-node Hyper-V failover clusters with CSV build with VSAN for Microsoft Hyper-V. Each cluster consisted of only two hardware nodes with redundant 10Gb/s direct DAC links (no switch) and 1Gb/s uplinks. After four months of testing, we have no doubt in using this exact solution in our customer’s production environment. We are going to deploy three similar installations this year. Also, we are planning to test the new VSAN for VMware vSphere. View full review »
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
We tried StarWind because the other solutions we tried were not doing enough, and the performance of this solution was very good. The price is cheaper than other solutions. The physical server was very useful to set up a designer virtual server. View full review »
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
The use of the StarWind solution does not have to be just a strictly IT domain. In my case, we needed to find and implement a solution that guaranteed the supervision of security systems in the scenario of a full disaster of our main center of supervision. To achieve that, we needed to use technology that would give us fast and reliable data replication between two supervision centers and would not ruin our security department budget. On the other hand, the solution must be easy to administrate with the tools we had. StarWind Virtual SAN was a bulls-eye. Now, we can transfer the full spectrum of information to remote infrastructure that allows us to ensure continuity, which means better security for the company. The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at ACS SA
StarWind VSAN software was easily deployed on the commodity hardware and integrated into the existing IT infrastructure. We have used in HyperConvergence and Citrix XenServer installations without any problem. With our customized hardware, we have very good IOPS and throughput. View full review »
We were looking for a Microsoft Windows 2016 Hyper-V clustered solution that didn't require an external SAN network. Something that could utilize the local storage on each server, and also allowed us to configure the storage as we required it. We had looked at Storage Spaces Direct, but it was too restrictive in terms of configuration. View full review »
User at a tech services company
We needed a SAN to support our environment comprised at the time of two Hyper-V 2012 Clusters. We're now migrating to Hyper-V 2019 and we had no issues with the migration from the storage. We use SATA NL and SSD to give our VMs different performance tiers. Update: We finished the migration and moved all storage iSCSI comms to Mellanox. We have had 0 issues with Starwind. View full review »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at Lipman Insurance Administrators Inc.
StarWind is the highly redundant storage solution for our company-wide hardware agnostic Hyper-V environment. View full review »
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
We use 2-Node software-defined storage clusters with iSCSI access to 30 TB in HA-targets, and 140 TB in flat targets. Our environment includes eight vSphere hosts and more than one hundred Windows VMs (file servers, MS SQL servers, Oracle Database servers, MS Exchange servers, etc.) are connected to StarWind's iSCSI targets. View full review »
Davide Bozzelli
System Engineer & IT Manager at General Computer Italia
I'm running StarWind VSAN in an Hypercoverged virtualization cluster. The capability of running the software on top of a general windows os gives me the ability to create a fully redundant SAN solution on almost every virtualization platform. I'm using the software to provide core infrastructure services like AD, DNS, DHCP to my users. Every service is automatically fully redudant thanks to VSAN and in the event one host goes down VMs will be automatically restarted on a second node with a little downtime. View full review »
Abuu Almas
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
I started using this product when I had challenges with failover as one of the requirements for my client. I had to deploy the failover environment but the challenge was mirroring of the servers. Now that I have implemented StarWind, everything is running perfectly. View full review »
Director of Systems and Security at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
This solution provides us with high availability and failover with fault tolerance across two nodes. Implementing a highly available environment made way more sense to our company using StarWind’s Virtual SAN than other SAN or virtual SAN solutions we looked into over the past few months. View full review »
Artur Kamalov
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
Our primary use case for this product is to obtain high availability for our file servers under the control of the Microsoft Windows 2008 operating system. View full review »
Norman Allen
Head of Information Technology at Baker Tilly BVI & Baker Tilly Cayman
StarWind Virtual SAN, along with two Fujitsu Primergy servers, forms the backbone of our hyper-converged solution. This storage, network, and compute solution is used for our Hyper-V cluster. From this cluster, we run all of our virtual servers, which in turn run our business-critical infrastructure. This includes domain controllers, file servers, database servers, application servers, and everything to support it. View full review »
Our primary use case is as a virtual storage area network for server clusters and file storage in a production environment for our company. View full review »
Evgenii Korsak
StarWind VSAN is used as shared storage for our Hyper-V cluster. We have two nodes, HDDs in RAID 10. HPE ProLiant servers, Windows Server 2016. View full review »
Dmitry Sysin
We use this solution for a High-Availability cluster for Hyper-V on two nodes. We are running on Windows Server 2016. View full review »
IT manager at Vertical
We use this solution for SAN storage. We have a two-node Microsoft Windows 2016 full SSD (SATA) configuration with RAM cache (500GB each node), and iSCSI to connect HA virtual clusters. Using Mellanox network technology with two 100Gbit switches in HA mode. Also, we have more than sixty MSSQL databases hosted. View full review »
Tommy Grignon
We are a gold mining partnership in Malartic, Québec where we are working 24 hours a day and seven days a week. About 1500 people are on our sites, 900 user computers and 100 different virtual servers run to maintain the production area. Single point of failure, no real-time synchronization with our disaster recovery site, and we are unable to make updates and upgrades without any cuts on the production infrastructure. View full review »
User at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The solution provided me the ability to share storage between three physical VMware hosts in my environment. Hence, I have HA for my VMs to move across hosts once they are stored on the vSAN using VMotion. Moreover, I am able to utilize the storage I already have on servers and save the expense of purchasing a new storage appliance. View full review »
Our primary use case is to create vSAN for a small business environment and to manage it without using a physical SAN. View full review »
We use StarWind for multiple 2-node hyperconverged Hyper-V Windows clusters in our datacenter environment. View full review »
Regional IT Manager at SABIS
StarWind is cost effective. There's no need to purchase additional hardware as shared storage. They have great technical support. View full review »
IT Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees
We are using a two-node StarWind VSAN cluster on a Dell 720xds. The StarWind VSAN helps us to better leverage the computing power of our ESXi hosts and helped solve the problem of expanding local storage. View full review »
IT Manager at Allied Engineering
We had decentralized storage, inefficient storage and computer utilization, non-utilization of VMware vSphere advanced features like HA, FT, vMotion which require shared storage like StarWind. View full review »
IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company
We have a fault-tolerant infrastructure, consisting of two storage nodes hosting the VM's storage and two Hyper-V nodes. View full review »
We have two StarWind VSAN nodes installed in a small company. We're mirroring these nodes where all services are installed. View full review »
In our organization, we use this software for the first year. It is used to work with backup data storage. Still, it never lets us down, and we never lost our data. 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.
442,986 professionals have used our research since 2012.