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Bryan Schuler
Real User
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
Jan 30 2019

What is most valuable?

* The control panel is nice. It gives you a lot of good feedback as to the status and health of the VSAN. * The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is more of a perceptual thing with the users. The system that we moved onto it is our ERP system, which handles… more»

What needs improvement?

For improvement, I would like to see how the software determines which networks to use for which purpose. It seems like… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This is our first VSAN solution.

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. Just set it up and follow the instructions. Start with the free version. Make a test bed and play around with… more»
Matthew Henson
Real User
Owner at Split Digital LLC
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to lose a node and not have my systems go down.

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of having to maintain two completely separate systems: * The cluster where all the data processing is happening. *… more»

What needs improvement?

If there are domain controllers inside the cluster, there needs to be some sort of logic allowing them to boot… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For pricing, you have two things that come into it: * The cost of the hardware. * The software licensing pricing. When we… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our SDS software before StarWind was a SAN. It wasn't converged storage. It was a full-blown, normal SAN configuration. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

We have plans to increase the usage in the future. As we need data processing capability, we will add more nodes. As we… more»
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Richard Ojeleye
Real User
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most attractive feature is, as a Virtual SAN, the data on one is copied to the data on the second. We have two in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I don't have to stay late at night. Prior to using this VSAN, if anything happened to a server, everything went down. We… more»

What needs improvement?

Initially, when we first started, the sync was horrible. It would take about 13 hours. However, they have since then… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a solution before StarWind. A consultant recommended this solution. We were also looking into physical… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are not using the Log-structured Write Cache feature nor are we using NVMe. We have not integrated this solution with… more»
MarkMgr
Real User
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
Mar 13 2019

What is most valuable?

We just use it for the storage replication. We haven't really utilized any of the other StarWind functionality in it.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides some fault-tolerance redundancy. Originally, we just had a single point of failure for storage. By having… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful to have a little more insight into what kind of performance the VSAN cluster is utilizing; something… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's priced fairly. It was definitely cheaper than the competition. The licensing terms are straightforward and… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using a single Dell EMC storage device. There was no software solution. We were looking to build out a DR site. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

Utilize the StarWind installation team to get you up and running. They do everything from start to finish and even make… more»
Dan Reynolds
Vendor
Director of IT at BLDD ARCHITECTS INC
Mar 19 2019

What is most valuable?

Performance, reliability, I love the management console (once I got used to it). It works and it works well. Maybe not… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Very fast (replaced EMC SAN). Ultra reliable. I had many, many problems with one of the hosts (ended up being a… more»

What needs improvement?

* The documentation is sub-par. The pre-sales documentation and information is sub-par. * StarWind is not cheap. It is not… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used a conventional hardware SAN. EMC VNXe. It was end of life and I even tried replacing it - EMC could not make it… more»

What other advice do I have?

I think StarWind is a serious contendender. Especially if you don't have the right VMware licenses. But even then - I'm… more»
FAFCO
User
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
Jul 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Without question, the support. StarWind has been a valuable technology partner for us from the beginning. On the rare… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were originally in a legacy environment of stand-alone servers. StarWind has allowed us to virtualize our environment… more»

What needs improvement?

Very few aspects of this solution need improvement. Sometimes documentation on their site can be out of date, and it is… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Make sure that you understand what all of the pieces do and don't make the assumption that you can drop support once setup… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before StarWind we were still in a non-virtualized environment of standalone servers with disparate hardware.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you understand your performance requirements clearly. Learn how to measure your performance needs in your… more»
David Gardner
Real User
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
Feb 03 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is the way it sets up the virtual SAN, because we don't have to buy a separate appliance… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We went down from eight discrete servers to two, so it's saving us money and electricity in cooling. It's definitely… more»

What needs improvement?

The documentation could be a little more concise, but, for the most part, it just works.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Their pricing seems pretty good, and their licensing structure is pretty straightforward.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have a previous solution. We went with it for virtualization, and we chose StarWind because it was a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely get a trial license. I'm pretty sure they still have a free version that you can download. Set it up in a… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the asynchronous replication and failover features. They are what I'm primarily using it for. The asynchronous… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our day-to-day servers are all on StarWind and our backups went from nightly to every minute. That improves disaster… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm sure it needs bug fixes, and there are new features coming down the pipe, but it works great.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using direct-attached for the primary servers and FreeNAS for the backups. We switched for the real-time… more»

What other advice do I have?

The pricing is based on the amount of storage, so you should evaluate how much storage you're going to need for your… more»
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What is StarWind Virtual SAN?

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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