StarWind Virtual SAN Valuable Features

Bryan Schuler
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
* The control panel is nice. It gives you a lot of good feedback as to the status and health of the VSAN. * The synchronization is very nice. * I like its flexibility. It is more flexible than most VSAN solutions that I have seen. For example, you can run it across two hosts. You don't need a third host observing it. View full review »
Matthew Henson
Owner at Split Digital LLC
The most valuable feature is the ability to lose a node and not have my systems go down. View full review »
Richard Ojeleye
Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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 tandem. So, the data on one is the same as the data on the second one. If we need to do maintenance on the server, it doesn't necessarily have to be after hours, or recommended after hours. If I need to do something in an emergency, I can stop the sync and know that one server has all the information, do what I need to do, and sync them back. Once we resolve the syncing issues, a first sync of about 4TB of data was done in under 30 minutes. The ability to have the office run and do emergency backup repairs without the company being down was a feature that I liked about this VSAN. View full review »
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MarkMgr
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
We just use it for the storage replication. We haven't really utilized any of the other StarWind functionality in it. View full review »
Dan Reynolds
Director of IT at BLDD ARCHITECTS INC
Performance, reliability, I love the management console (once I got used to it). It works and it works well. Maybe not exactly a feature but tech support is beyond great. It is fantastic. The techs are supportive, understanding and really care about your implementation. I feel they really want to see you succeed. I'm so pleased with the tech support that I consider it better than any feature. View full review »
FAFCO
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
Without question, the support. StarWind has been a valuable technology partner for us from the beginning. On the rare occasion when we have had a problem, or have simply needed to do an upgrade, they have provided first-rate support. Anyone who has dealt with common off-shore support understands the frustration in dealing with incompetent and difficult to communicate with support staff. This is not so with StarWind, as their support staff is comprised of true experts who can also communicate clearly. For highly technical products this is essential. The best part about their tech support though, is that you probably won't need it much! On the technical side, the performance has been excellent. I have never found a reason to regret not going with a traditional SAN. The configuration is so much simpler, with fewer points of failure to worry about. Integration with Microsoft clustering has been perfect, allowing us to leverage our investment in MS server licensing to the fullest. Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair. It's the best! View full review »
David Gardner
IT Administrator at Cygnus, inc.
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 for storage. It uses the existing storage on the servers, which is definitely a cost savings for us. View full review »
reviewer1253973
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
It is fast and easy to deploy to StarWind SAN for someone who is not even a professional. The most valuable features are: * Multipath I/O over iSCSI and Ethernet; * Use of standard ethernet switches for storage networking; * High availability-cluster (active-active), in a configuration of two or more nodes; * 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; * Caching storage using RAM and SSD media; * Fast synchronization in case of minor network failures. View full review »
reviewer1145355
User
The most valuable feature is the ability to make new SANs on the fly. 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. There are times when we still need storage to be controlled and the software allows me to make the needed changes. It can be done right from their application and then pushed directly over to the hosts. View full review »
ITManagefb53
IT Manager at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
I like the asynchronous replication and failover features. They are what I'm primarily using it for. The asynchronous replication is helpful because our servers are backed up continuously throughout the day. If anything goes wrong we just fail over immediately. That is a very nice feature to have. In addition, we have it integrated with vCenter which makes the failover automatic. It's basically set-it-and-forget-it. View full review »
reviewer1351425
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
The highly available feature between two nodes works without any issues. We have practiced DR scenarios and our CSV/cluster has always stayed online. The software has the ability to "elect" a master after a failure of one or two nodes, then it will resync after that without issue. 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. The ability to use off the shelf hardware (servers, RAID cards, SSDs, etc.) is also invaluable in terms of cost and flexibility. View full review »
reviewer903849
User
The product's core feature of virtualizing our storage is by far the most valuable. The abstraction allows us to use commodity hardware, and upgrade/modify it on demand without impacting SLAs. It also provides a high degree of mobility, as the virtual SAN can be moved relatively painlessly between on-site devices and the cloud. View full review »
Patryk Kwiecien
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster. This is great if you think about data redundancy and failover. It gives you time to rebuild node that is offline and keep your business running. Time is money! Scalability is a great feature because if you need more space and more redundancy then can easily add another node! View full review »
Branden Beachy
User
The most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime. This solution runs on standard hardware and allows us to use servers and storage that we already have, as well as non-proprietary hardware that doesn't cost a fortune. View full review »
reviewer1253883
Sr. Network Engineer at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
The fault-tolerant volume has been wonderful and provides peace of mind. We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime. I really appreciate how easy it is to use the software and set up a fault-tolerant volume. View full review »
reviewer1157808
User
The best thing about the StarWind SAN is the HA we setup. We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage. View full review »
Andrey Naumov
System Administrator at Craft Group
It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization. StarWind installs on the Windows Server host where I can monitor RAID using various software already installed in my organization. * Easy to install and configure. * A lot of documentation, video instructions, and excellent technical support. * The ability to install on almost any type of equipment, including legacy. * Fast delivery compared to hardware storage facilities, which have a delivery time of four to six weeks. View full review »
GrzegorzEBX
Owner at Electronics Box
* It was really very easy to implement, but without support, I couldn't optimize the system, and StarWind gave me technical support on a very good level. * A good price is also considerable. View full review »
reviewer1083804
User
This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management. We find the support for NFS and iSCSI valuable. This solution is practically independent of hardware (if all of the technical prerequisites are met). It supports asynchronous replication, cloud storage, deduplication, and compression. View full review »
Николай Фокин
User
The most valuable features for our company, Cloud4Y, in this system are: * Convenience of work * Working speed * Usage of SATA for a large volume * PCIe Flash * A 40 GB Ethernet View full review »
Anton Arutyunyan
CTO at Everest
The most valuable features are: * Clear licensing model; * Rich PowerShell integration for scripting and testing; * No need for RAID controller-level mirroring and BBU. Thus we significantly increase effective storage space and speed; * Great synchronous replication speed in addition to RAM volume cache; * Reliable failover solution with MPIO which requires just two servers running Windows Server 2019, Standard edition. View full review »
aycayilmaz
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team. We have benefited a lot from its fast integration. View full review »
Kamil
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
The most valuable feature is the fast and reliable data replication between main and backup operations centers using a virtual environment. Second: Good price :-) Third: The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use in day to day administration. View full review »
Nikos Chavenetidis
System and Network Admin at ACS SA
High Availability is the best feature of product. You have redundancy of storage systems at a competitive price. All other storage solutions are very expensive and without redundancy and if you have it the price is very high. Additionally, the feature of asynchronous replication, both for on-site and off-site systems is very competitive. Also the support of LSFS file system is very good. View full review »
reviewer1185738
User
We are not a very large organization and have a limited budget available for infrastructure. The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync. View full review »
reviewer1238652
User at a tech services company
Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs. The high availability made sure we never had downtime from it. Having twin nodes has made maintenance and upgrades easy. Support has always been great with issues and planning. View full review »
Christopher Vlach
Operations Manager at Lipman Insurance Administrators Inc.
* Very simple to use * Hardware agnostic * Extremely reliable * Feature rich * Cost-effective! * StarWind also has excellent support in the rare case you need them. View full review »
AntonChernomazov
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes. Using common-purpose servers and components reduces CapEx. RAM and SSD caches help to improve performance. High Availablity targets allow for flexible storage capacity. Support works fast and solves issues completely. View full review »
Abuu Almas
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
The most valuable features are easy installation, the appearance of the dashboard, the software runs as a native hypervisor component or in VM, and it does not require any deep storage and network administration or UNIX management skills. A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations. View full review »
reviewer1244424
Director of Systems and Security at a health, wellness and fitness company with 11-50 employees
The support for two-node implementation was great. View full review »
Artur Kamalov
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
The most valuable feature is the ability to offer high availability service without purchasing external storage systems. It is quick, easy, and simple. This is a good, economical solution compared to data storage systems. We saved a lot of money. The system will increase the level of backup, adding an additional copy of the data for the same money. View full review »
reviewer1068294
User
StarWind Virtual SAN was designed with virtualization workloads in mind. It employs server-side Flash/RAM caches and minimalist/short I/O path to provide performance unmatched by typical virtual appliances and physical shared storage. View full review »
Lukasz Z.
VMware Administrator, VMware vExpert at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
* Stability * Performance * Security * Easy to solve problems * Vendor support always is ready to help :) View full review »
Norman Allen
Head of Information Technology at Baker Tilly BVI & Baker Tilly Cayman
The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business. Presenting Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) from StarWind Virtual SAN to Hyper-V simplifies my storage management and reduces costs vs having a physical SAN. View full review »
Evgenii Korsak
User
The ability to use existing hardware, with no need to purchase hardware appliances is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Dmitry Sysin
IT at SOMIAC
In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support. View full review »
Nikus48
IT manager at Vertical
The Price/Performance ratio for this solution is outstanding! You can use most of the modern hardware. You are not restricted to use "not compatible" disks by a vendor. It has great scalability and replication features to allow building really fault tolerant solutions in your IT environment. View full review »
reviewer910362
User at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
My favorite feature, active-active HA, provides top performance and redundancy. Administration consists of patching/updating the product a few times a year but otherwise it simply works. View full review »
Tommy Grignon
User
Real-time synchronization to make sure we don't have a single point of failure because our company works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and doesn't have the time to cut the production infrastructure. View full review »
Andre C A Griffith MSc MBCS MCTS MCP ITIL
User at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are as follows: * Consolidated storage among all three hosts * Synchronization of data between hosts * Using VMware VMotion * Incorporating HA in VMware * Management tools available to manage box * Email alerts if there are any problems with managed storage * Excellent support View full review »
LeonKan
Virtual Cloud Admin at IST
You can build cheap, reliable, replicated virtual machines clusters using simple servers with an all flash disk or SAS/SATA hybrid tiered by performance storage. View full review »
reviewer1073631
User
The most valuable feature is the managed service, which has been an important part of monitoring our critical infrastructure. View full review »
Jason Liu
IT Specialist` at Grand River Conservation Authority
I like the simple management interface: * It is easy to setup. * It has good support feature. View full review »
reviewer1002462
User
Ease of installation, configuration, and management. It literally took us less than two hours to have a fully functional 2-node cluster. View full review »
SimplifyTech
CEO at Simplify Technology
Support is outstanding, responsive, and goes above and beyond. They were able to help with some existing AD issues that would typically be out of scope. View full review »
1981DMC
Sr. Sys Admin at Garland Power & Light
The StarWind tech support is extremely helpful, especially during the initial setup. They make sure to be part of the install and configuration so that your experience is positive and productive. View full review »
Tamim
Regional IT Manager at SABIS
It has a user-friendly interface and a straightforward implementation. Support is great and their staff is experienced. View full review »
reviewer1100463
IT Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees
The HA clustering and the ability to run on our own equipment have been the most valuable. View full review »
Mahmood
IT Manager at Allied Engineering
* StarWind’s VSAN applications for VMware * Easy to install and manage * The unlimited capacity license is also a very good feature. View full review »
TXITGUY9000
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
Ten gigabit Ethernet compatibility, support, ease of use, and management. This solution can be used with hardware RAID. Additionally, there are many white papers and informational studies about how to utilize the software. View full review »
Dr. Byron K. Wallace D.M.
Adjunct Professor at Lone Star College
The best feature of the StarWind Virtual San product is its ease of installation and integration within a current infrastructure. View full review »
reviewer1296921
IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company
The most valuable features are: * Easy implementation * Great Support * It doesn’t break the bank View full review »
reviewer1007766
User
We found the most valuable features to be: * Easy installation, * Easy to work with, * Very good support. View full review »
reviewer1018107
User
* Excellent performance * High compatibility with software and hardware * Fault tolerance * It works well with Microsoft servers and Hyper-V. 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.
418,116 professionals have used our research since 2012.