2018-07-11T17:07:00Z

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?

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What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?

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Top 5User

The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.

2021-03-31T07:41:00Z
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Top 5Real User

In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.

2021-03-26T17:45:00Z
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Top 5Real User

A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.

2021-01-25T22:21:00Z
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Top 10Real User

The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.

2021-01-22T16:20:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.

2021-01-20T14:19:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Quick setup, great support, stability is great

2021-01-20T09:51:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.

2020-12-03T23:00:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.

2020-10-16T16:07:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.

2020-10-06T18:20:00Z
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Top 5Real User

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.

2020-07-31T13:07:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.

2020-07-27T14:42:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.

2020-07-10T14:20:00Z
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Real User

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.

2020-07-05T08:02:00Z
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Real User

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.

2020-06-28T08:57:00Z
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Real User

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.

2020-05-14T18:35:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.

2020-04-19T14:43:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.

2020-02-28T02:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.

2020-02-25T16:02:00Z
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Top 10Real User

StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.

2020-01-29T14:36:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2019-12-20T06:36:00Z
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Vendor

We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.

2019-12-20T00:57:00Z
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Real User

It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.

2019-12-04T18:12:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.

2019-11-29T07:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.

2019-11-25T22:42:00Z
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Top 20Real User

A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.

2019-11-11T09:46:00Z
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Real User

High Availability is the best feature of product.

2019-10-25T16:58:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.

2019-10-07T12:43:00Z
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Top 20Real User

In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.

2019-09-24T14:00:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-09-10T15:57:00Z
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Real User

We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.

2019-07-30T21:04:00Z
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Real User

The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster.

2019-07-16T15:44:00Z
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Real 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.

2019-07-15T16:02:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes.

2019-07-11T19:58:00Z
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Real 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.

2019-06-22T01:26:00Z
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Real User

It allows you to use ANY consumer or enterprise HDDs and SSDs, and that's a really great thing!

2019-06-10T14:05:00Z
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Real User

StarWind allowed us to deploy highly available shared storage within our budget.

2019-05-22T18:05:00Z
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Real User

This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management.

2019-05-06T07:56:00Z
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Real User

The most valuable feature is the managed service, which has been an important part of monitoring our critical infrastructure.

2019-04-24T10:26:00Z
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Real User

The access to our data is quicker and cheaper than it used to be in a traditional storage system.

2019-04-18T08:45:00Z
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Real User

StarWind Virtual SAN is a very easy-to-use solution that can be quickly and easily deployed and configured without intimate and specific knowledge in the virtualization sphere.

2019-04-17T13:53:00Z
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Real User

This has helped to improve the reliability of service and operation in all departments, without having to stop in case of emergency situations.

2019-04-16T17:19:00Z
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Real User

Before VSAN, hypervisor configuration changes and updates resulted in VM outages. Now, downtime is dramatically reduced.

2019-04-16T04:59:00Z
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Real User

User friendly interface and straight forward implementation.

2019-04-14T11:29:00Z
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Real User

The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.

2019-03-18T07:20:00Z
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Real User

We are able to do maintenance by bringing down one node at a time, rather than having to schedule a complete shutdown.

2019-02-12T10:09:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2019-01-31T08:49:00Z
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Real User

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

2019-01-24T13:13:00Z
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Real User

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.

2019-01-24T09:35:00Z
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Real User

It has reduced our overall maintenance and overhead by having to only maintain physical boxes for one cluster instead of having to manage physical boxes for two clusters.

2019-01-23T11:26:00Z
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Real User

The ProActive support gives me peace of mind because I am a one man shop, but with the technical support behind me, I feel like more than just one person. We spent two to three hours, depending on what we have to do, always on the phone, and they do not push to end the call.

2019-01-23T11:26:00Z
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User

Their support goes above and beyond with the integration of their software.

2018-09-12T16:27:00Z
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User

The software is easy to setup and manage, and the support is excellent.

2018-08-27T18:34:00Z
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User

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.

2018-08-15T12:43:00Z
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Real User

The best feature is its ease of installation and integration within a current infrastructure.

2018-08-06T15:50:00Z
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User

Active-active HA provides top performance and redundancy.

2018-07-31T16:06:00Z
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User

The product's core feature of virtualizing our storage is by far the most valuable.

2018-07-17T14:59:00Z
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User

Ten gigabit Ethernet compatibility, support, ease of use, and management are some positive features.

2018-07-12T12:59:00Z
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User

The StarWind tech support is extremely helpful, especially during the initial setup.

2018-07-11T19:35:00Z
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User

Integration with Microsoft clustering has been perfect, allowing us to leverage our investment in MS server licensing to the fullest.

2018-07-11T17:07:00Z
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