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Jason Liu
User
IT Specialist` at Grand River Conservation Authority
Sep 02 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the simple management interface: * It is easy to setup. * It has good support feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We have an old HPE Fibre Channel SAN that we wanted to reutilize for a development environment. However, we didn't want to spend too much on fiber infrastructure or replace the controller with iSCSI, since this would cost thousands of dollars. StarWind Virtual SAN software solves our problems. The… more »

What needs improvement?

* It would be great if it provided thin provisioned virtual disks. * It should reclaim white spaces after big files are deleted.

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

We are happy with the price.
LeonKan
User
Virtual Cloud Admin at IST
Aug 19 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides cost-friendly replacements for VMware vSAN or the dedicated storage solution that I am using it for to build shared, replicated storage for my VMware vSphere.

What needs improvement?

* I would like to replace Windows nodes to Linux. As of today, Linux nodes are ready for production. * Ability to to test the virtual storage are network area and storage speed from StarWind Management Console. * Ability to check network… more »

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

The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated VMware vSAN and HPE StoreVirtual VSA.
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Dr. Byron K. Wallace D.M.
Real User
Adjunct Professor at Lone Star College
Aug 07 2018

What do you think of StarWind Virtual SAN?

What is our primary use case?

To give us the ability to install a cluster environment, increasing reliability for our plant infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

This product allowed gave us the ability to implement a cluster environment which allowed us to implement a stable infrastructure for our plants.

What is most valuable?

The best feature of the StarWind Virtual San product is its ease of installation and integration within a current infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

One area that could be improved is the reconnection of the attached drives upon a reboot. Rarely, the shared drive will not connect automatically.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.
User
User at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Aug 01 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

StarWind has provided an active-active HA storage system that keeps our systems running 24/7. We have the ability to keep everything up even when maintenance is required for updating the cluster or… more »

What needs improvement?

I haven't had a lot of interaction with support. My only complaint is that an update caused a syncing issue and it took over a month to resolve it. Every other time I have used support, it has been… more »

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

StarWind was the least expensive option I considered. Their maintenance cost is reasonable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I switched from a Synology HA cluster after it had a split-brain situation and their tech support couldn't tell me why the issue occurred.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at a number of other options including EMC, NetApp, Dell, HPE, etc.
User
User
Jul 19 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The Virtual SAN product has greatly improved the organization's infrastructure by allowing us to create a scalable, highly-available, and cost-effective storage system. It… more »

What needs improvement?

It's been a while since I checked the associated PowerShell module, but I would like to see an extensive set of cmdlets that could allow for easier automation as well as… more »

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

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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, we were using a non-clustered Hyper-V setup. The two main problems with that deployment that caused us to switch were: * Single points of failure in both our… more »

What other advice do I have?

The product is solid, simple to use, and well engineered. Very impressed and looking forward to future releases.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were unable to evaluate other options because the dedicated SAN systems that provided the same level of redundancy were out of our price range.
User
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
Jul 16 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

This is a cost effective solution that allows us to have an HA clustered environment with redundancy and scalability. Storage has been very stable, and without issues, failures, or bugs.

What needs improvement?

Updates seem to be non-existent. The software is stable, but I do not get any updates or emails about new releases.
1981DMC
User
Sr. Sys Admin at Garland Power & Light
Jul 16 2018

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

The software is easy to configure. The more resources you throw at it, especially network throughput, the better it will perform. I'm using SSDs behind it and I am still very happy with the performance.

What needs improvement?

It is difficult to control all of the hardware components. I went through a couple of different NICs before I found the one that would work with my hardware and server OS, and yield the necessary throughput for the StarWind portion.
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 occasion when we have had a problem, or have simply… 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 without the huge expense of a dedicated SAN (the… 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 always good to check with support to make sure that… 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 is complete.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 existing environment BEFORE you shop, so that you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we looked at Nutanix and several traditional dedicated SANs.

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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