StarWind Virtual SAN Pros and Cons

StarWind Virtual SAN Pros

MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
We are able to do maintenance by bringing down one node at a time, rather than having to schedule a complete shutdown.
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reviewer1495242
Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.
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reviewer1465917
Corporate Technology Manager at MTE Logistix
The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.
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reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.
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reviewer1145355
User
When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.
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reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete.
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TRAIANO ...
Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.
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reviewer1397937
Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.
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Poberezhnyy Maxim
Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.
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Mart Vernik
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.
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StarWind Virtual SAN Cons

MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
It would be helpful to have a little more insight into what kind of performance the VSAN cluster is utilizing; something that would be more proactive on our side, versus their ProActive Support.
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reviewer1495242
Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.
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reviewer1465917
Corporate Technology Manager at MTE Logistix
I would like to see different levels of support offered.
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Learn what your peers think about StarWind Virtual SAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
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reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.
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reviewer1145355
User
The only thing that I have any difficulty with is that in order to perform upgrades, it is required that the SANs be detached from the Hosts before that can happen.
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reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct.
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TRAIANO ...
Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.
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reviewer1397937
Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.
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Poberezhnyy Maxim
Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.
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Mart Vernik
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically
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Learn what your peers think about StarWind Virtual SAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
466,017 professionals have used our research since 2012.