HPE MSA vs. StarWind SAN & NAS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HPE MSA
Score 9.3 out of 10
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HPE MSA (modular smart array), formerly HP StorageWorks MSA, is a series of storage appliances, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a product line built for a modest budget, available as the HPE MSA 2052 hybrid flash array, the HPE MSA 2500 SAN storage appliance, and the MSA 1050 SAN storage.N/A
StarWind SAN & NAS
Score 9.8 out of 10
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StarWind SAN & NAS is an HCL-certified software-defined shared storage for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. The solution also enables the user to repurpose servers into certified backup targets if they are using Veeam. StarWind SAN & NAS, as a Linux-based VM, leverages all the features of ZFS to ensure optimal storage use, data safety and integrity. The solution is designed to present a unified,…N/A
Pricing
HPE MSAStarWind SAN & NAS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HPE MSAStarWind SAN & NAS
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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HPE MSAStarWind SAN & NAS
Small Businesses

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StarWind Virtual SAN
StarWind Virtual SAN
Score 9.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Score 9.1 out of 10
StarWind Virtual SAN
StarWind Virtual SAN
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Dell Compellent (discontinued)
Score 9.1 out of 10
IBM Spectrum Scale
IBM Spectrum Scale
Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
HPE MSAStarWind SAN & NAS
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(3 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
HPE MSAStarWind SAN & NAS
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The HPE MSA is best suited for basic SAN requirements. Having dual controllers provides redundancy and allows for firmware upgrades without incurring downtime to the environment. It provides enough IOPS for most workloads be it VMWare or servers requiring storage. For applications such as MS SQL or Exchange, other SAN solutions would be better. Plus the lack of storage snapshot capabilities is also a detriment to the product line. Lack of any reporting capability is also an issue especially when determining workload capabilities.
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StarWind
StarWind is best suited for the integration and deployment part and for the storage part as well. The product is budget-friendly and helps us to improve business agility. Can't think of negative scenarios as of now.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
  • Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
  • All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
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StarWind
  • Ease of Deployment
  • Management interface
  • Documentation and support
  • performance
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us!
  • Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.
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StarWind
  • Can improve documentation.
  • Can more focus on user training.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is a functioning Replication system for us and checks all the boxes that the auditors are looking for. Further, it is inexpensive and the storage we purchased was cheap. HP has a good reputation in the industry that plays into the decision also.
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StarWind
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The dual controller configuration of the HPE MSA trumps the Synology DiskStation's single controller configuration. For that alone, I would select the HPE MSA. Without that setup, any controller issue or firmware upgrade is disruptive to the systems the SAN is providing storage to. Furthermore, HPE's support is better than what Synology currently provides. The lack of phone support on Synology's part slows down the troubleshooting of issues compared to HPE. Furthermore, HPE's engineers are able to do a remote session and can work on the problems directly compared to Synology's support.
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StarWind
We chose StarWind SAN & NAS over Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct because it was more flexible to configure.
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Increased up time. Better user experience.
  • Good value for money. ROI high.
  • Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.
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StarWind
  • Allowed us to go all flash for 1/5 the cost
  • Boosted end user experience due to high iops on flash
  • lowered expenses on arrays and licensees
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