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Attribute Ratings

  • NetApp ONTAP Select is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

ONTAP Select

100%
1 Rating
9.7

StarWind Virtual SAN

97%
83 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

ONTAP Select

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

StarWind Virtual SAN

86%
10 Ratings

Usability

ONTAP Select

N/A
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8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings

Availability

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Performance

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Support Rating

ONTAP Select

N/A
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10.0

StarWind Virtual SAN

100%
81 Ratings

Implementation Rating

ONTAP Select

N/A
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8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings

Configurability

ONTAP Select

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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

ONTAP Select

N/A
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9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp

Any organization that requires a reliable data storage platform that is secure can easily consider deploying NetApp ONTAP Select. The product has all necessary security features and backup systems that guarantees long-term data storage services. It effectively offers both on-premises and cloud storage services at a reduced cost. Faster data transfer and security has given our team members peace of mind and enhanced them to focus on more productive tasks.
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StarWind

Companies looking for a two or more node solution providing HA, scalability and teamed with great support should look into StarWind Virtual SAN (especially if budget is constraining and you do not mind looking at other than MS or VMWare offerings!) You eliminate the need for a expensive SAN bottleneck and use onboard storage per node that is synchronized with all nodes providing immediate failover with no data loss!
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Pros

NetApp

  • Remote data transfer services
  • Scalable storage of any workload
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StarWind

  • Their documentation for initial configuration and setup, while not necessarily 100% thorough, is as good or better than any I've seen. I got through 99% of the setup with a very good understanding of the config concepts and actual real world configuration for our particular environment. Their support was also very helpful in validating our network and node-to-node connectivity design plan. Once our design plan was vetted, it didn't take more than a couple of days to be fully up and running.
  • Our Starwind VSAN has been bullet proof. We've had ZERO issues with it since it's been built out almost 4 years ago. This is not an exaggeration. I find it almost ridiculous that it's been so rock-solid. Re-synchronization times between nodes after full power outages are lengthy, but I think that is a small price to pay, and it has never impacted our ability to get back up and running quickly.
  • Ongoing maintenance for the VSAN is next to nil. Aside from the periodic Starwind updates, and maybe checking re-sync after full outages, I almost never have to even think about Starwind. It's just there, and it works.
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Cons

NetApp

No answers on this topic

StarWind

  • I once had to get emergency 24-hour support added on. I paid for the support (a yearly rate) but it was only good until the next renewal (so just for a couple of months.) That wasn't great. That kind of support should be pro-rated or permitted to carry over.
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Pricing Details

ONTAP Select

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

ONTAP Select editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    StarWind Virtual SAN

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    StarWind Virtual SAN editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Unfortunately it would be apparently that our customers are requiring tighter integration with existing vendors. As vSAN was a single use case, selected to address and specific problem , it is unlikely we will have the opportunity to use it in the future.
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      Usability

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      VSA with starwind has been deployed since 3 years ago with no issues, great on monitoring it everyday with the management console, great I/O based on other solutions as it can use SSD drives as cache memory for the storage deployed, also great support from starwing engineers, fast response and good technical explanation when asking technical questions
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      Reliability and Availability

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Never went out of availability with StarWind.
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      Performance

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      It improves the overall performance.
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      Support Rating

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Support was amazing! They reached out right after we purchased the software license. They also reached out to check if we deployed the system. They also checked in multiple times to verify that the software was setup. They did a screen share and their tech gave optimization tips and configuration advice. After we implemented their suggestions they reached out a second time to verify that the configuration suggestions they gave during their first screen share were implemented correctly
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      Implementation Rating

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Read the docs I linked in the main review as well as StarWind's documentation. Then it will be easy as pie.
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      Alternatives Considered

      NetApp

      I have only used NetApp ONTAP Select platform in our organization in data storage and file management. It has efficiently managed all data-related problems and gives us the right roadmap of managing data from all sources effectively. Data migration from our company to the cloud storage datasets has been easy and secure. It provides reliable intelligence from all information gathered from our data sources that enhances better operations and smart decisions.
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      StarWind

      The only other option we really considered was Microsoft's storage spaces direct. The biggest issue we had with that solution was the lack of local disk redundancy in a two node environment. With Starwind, it doesn't matter how many nodes you have, and we were able to leverage our hardware raid controllers for an extra layer of redundancy.
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      Scalability

      NetApp

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Data scalability is the best feature in StarWind.
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      Return on Investment

      NetApp

      • It has saved a lot of resources contributing to positive returns on investments
      • Our data is always secure under this platform
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      StarWind

      • We saved on the initial implementation in comparison to what we were going to pay prior to implementing StarWind.
      • Has improved our performance across all virtual machines.
      • On several occasions, we have run out of storage, and adding new storage racks, or introducing new nodes to the cluster has saved us time and money.
      • We have met our internal SLA's every year for the last 6 years.
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