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Pros
"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.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""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.""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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"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place.""We've had no issues with scaling the solution."

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"The feature I have found most valuable is data protection.""FlexPod is the primary solution we recommend for clients with high-availability server requirements. Our clients find FlexPod's management helpful. You can manage everything via plugins."

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Cons
"In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""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.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""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.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."

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"We've had some issues around the licensing.""The installation is complex."

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"Areas for improvement would be the support for the engineering team, who seem to have no clue when you open a case, the communication with and recognition of resellers, and the documentation, with could be more detailed.""As the technology grows, we're looking to upgrade our storage systems to something faster, and we're hoping to improve our servers with next-generation technology. So we want to enhance our server infrastructure and explore server virtualization with VMware. That's the improvement that our clients are demanding."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    VxRail vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex VxRail provides stable solutions for technical problems while at the same time not being… more »
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    We've had no issues with scaling the solution.
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    They need to offer some flexibility in terms of the licensing of the VMware component along with the solution.
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    Also Known As
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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    Overview

    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.

    VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

    The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

    The FlexPod platform, developed by NetApp and Cisco, is a flexible, converged infrastructure solution that delivers prevalidated storage, networking, and server technologies. It’s designed to increase IT responsiveness to business demands while reducing your overall cost of computing. Think maximum uptime, minimal risk

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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
    University of Sao Paulo, WD-40, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Engineering Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 10th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while FlexPod is ranked 3rd in Converged Infrastructure with 2 reviews. Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.6, while FlexPod is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FlexPod writes "It's the primary solution we recommend for clients who need high availability ". Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas FlexPod is most compared with Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, Dell PowerEdge VRTX and Dell EMC VxBlock System.

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