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Score 9 out of 100

StarWind HCA

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Score 9.6 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Pivot3 Acuity

90%
1 Rating
9.6

StarWind HCA

96%
45 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Pivot3 Acuity

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
2 Ratings

Usability

Pivot3 Acuity

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Availability

Pivot3 Acuity

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

StarWind HCA

95%
40 Ratings

Support Rating

Pivot3 Acuity

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7

StarWind HCA

97%
42 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Pivot3 Acuity

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Pivot3 Acuity

It is only suitable for a vSphere deployment. This particular cluster is best suited for very demanding workloads.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

Our use case is in a VMware Horizon View cluster. It works extremely well. The SSD gives outstanding performance and I suspect that the "appliance" does a better job of managing the VSAN than the application running on top of Windows did. We have not had a single hiccup with the changeover. It was so easy to implement and easy to migrate VM's over to it. It was simple. I really can't speak to other scenarios. But if the performance here was an indicator - then it should be good as general storage or another virtualization platform.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Pivot3 Acuity

  • Deployment was very easy. Pivot3 staff were involved in the POC, and the transition was fairly smooth.
  • This is an all-flash hyperconverged cluster. It is easily scalable and has excellent performance.
  • We frequently burst internal virtual workloads, and this 5 node cluster can support around 15,000 IOPs and 1 GB/sec of throughput.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • Onboarding is well supported and simple. We were able to migrate all our VMs within a week of receiving the appliances.
  • StarWind's Virtual SAN software gives the reliability of a failover cluster with the performance of local storage.
  • ProActive Support ensures errors are detected and contact initiated automatically.
  • I no longer have to troubleshoot three disparate systems when something goes wrong.
Carl Marshall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pivot3 Acuity

  • The cluster is actually very easy to use. It might be nice if the dashboard had more detailed metrics, but those are available in a different interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • Support team has slight accent but is not too difficult to understand.
  • Emphasis on security can be improved. Things like default passwords were not changed initially until requested.
  • Can't really think of much else...If I had to split hairs...on reboots sometimes it took a while to sync with the other node. Max was 30 minutes, but 99% of the time it's 3-4 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Pivot3 Acuity

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

StarWind HCA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Pivot3 Acuity

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Because we are extremely satisfied with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) in all aspects of our experience
Charles Marcus | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Pivot3 Acuity

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Easy to set up initially and use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Pivot3 Acuity

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.5
Based on 40 answers
In the 3 years that we have been using the StarWind HCA's, we have not experienced any downtime or unplanned outages. It has been the opposite that I was able to keep all systems/VMs up and running when I needed to upgrade the StarWind SAN software and firmware of the Dell hardware that are the virtual hosts/hyperconverged appliances.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Pivot3 Acuity

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.7
Based on 42 answers
Anytime we've been notified about a node going down is usually on us rebooting or incorrectly shutting down the machine. Each time that this has happened support has emailed us almost instantly to check on things and provide support if required.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Pivot3 Acuity

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Very simple, all you need is a day's worth of time to install the hardware, get the vSAN up and running, and start moving over workloads.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Pivot3 Acuity

We reviewed the technology and pricing prior to commencing a POC. Pivot3 looked the best initially and delivered. We did not test the others ourselves.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance was the only option that offered the performance, reliability, and high availability that we were looking for. It's also the solution that is tailored for small organizations and removes a lot of the complexities and extra components needed to make HCI work. The competitors each offer a solution that probably would have worked but none offered a solution that was within our budget.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pivot3 Acuity

  • Definitely a positive ROI. We are not seeing some of the latency issues that were beginning to crop up on our older hardware.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • The initial cost of the setup was about $20,000 cheaper than the other solutions that I researched.
  • It has made server maintenance much easier, because of high availability, which has made a big difference in the quality of life.
  • It has made downtime for our end users almost never happen, which is a huge benefit.
Brendan McEnnerney | TrustRadius Reviewer

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