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Score 9.1 out of 100

StarWind HCA

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Attribute Ratings

  • SANsymphony is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

SANsymphony

91%
7 Ratings
9.7

StarWind HCA

97%
58 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
1 Rating
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
3 Ratings

Usability

SANsymphony

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Availability

SANsymphony

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

StarWind HCA

96%
53 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
2 Ratings
9.7

StarWind HCA

97%
55 Ratings

Implementation Rating

SANsymphony

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

DataCore Software

Now that you have virtualized your server's CPU and memory resources, you should look to do the same for your storage. Separation of hardware and software has many added benefits not only for CPUs and memory but for storage as well. Without this solution, we would not have been able to afford black-box type SANs at every location. This allowed us to virtualize over 90% of the server environment saving costs and power consumption/cooling and provides all the features costly black-box SANs, including true-HA (which most SAN vendors don't have). Migration from variant SAN storage and using mixed back-end storage solutions is as easier than ever before because the storage being virtualized.
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StarWind

The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is well suited for environments needing redundancy and high performance. I feel comfortable running virtualized critical servers on the StarWind setup due to the benefits provided by the two-node system. Cost is more along the low-end of pricing compared to other brand-name hyperconverged solutions, so the return on investment is high.
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Pros

DataCore Software

  • Fast pools should go to your most used data, and not static files.
  • Redundancy is a must for all aspects of our IT jobs. Who wants to explain when there's no data?
  • Works on Windows server 2012/2016 much better. Solid stability.
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StarWind

  • It is extremely easy to set up, it comes with most options pre-configured for you. But the support group will walk through your entire setup and migration.
  • It is monitored by StarWind 24x7. Instead of issues being reactive with the monitoring I'm hoping things will be more proactive.
  • The performance has been outstanding. I think disk was our main limiting factor with our hold hardware.
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Cons

DataCore Software

  • Our needs are very small when compared to what this product can do. We don't use all of what it is capable of doing. Honestly, I have no cons.
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StarWind

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

SANsymphony

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SANsymphony 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 HCA

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    StarWind HCA editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

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      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      DataCore Software

      I'm currently in the process of renewing my support.
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      StarWind

      It is very simple to use and just simply works. We have had zero issues with our HCA appliances. In the future, we will likely look into a 3-node cluster instead of a 2-node for increased storage space and speed. From quote to implementation, it was a very simple and straightforward process.
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      Usability

      DataCore Software

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      Easy to set up initially and use.
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      Reliability and Availability

      DataCore Software

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      We moved to starwind after our old Hyper-V server had some hardware issues. We experienced about a day of downtime on the old system. Since moving to our HCA in 2019, I can honestly say we haven't had ANY downtime... The system is solid, the support is great. I can't mention that enough. Maintenance is a breeze, since you can update the Hyper-V servers one at a time and stay up. Its just an entire mindset change. Its amazing.
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      Support Rating

      DataCore Software

      In the 3 years I have been running this, I have contacted support around 4 or 5 times and that was for minor questions with exception of one time when I was performing an update on the system. And in that one time, they were very timely in assisting me with correcting the problem. Top notch customer support!
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      StarWind

      StarWind's proactive support will notify us of any non-responsive issues that they may see on their end. Thankfully, no serious issues with the HCA's have occurred but several times network connectivity was lost to the HCAs and StarWind's proactive support notified us.
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      Implementation Rating

      DataCore Software

      No answers on this topic

      StarWind

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      DataCore Software

      DataCore is far easier to manage as well as deal with when it comes to hardware (as DataCore works with any hardware). It also seems way more affordable.
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      StarWind

      Main reason for swapping away from VMware was cost. Our servers at the point of swapping away from VMware were already old so performance wasn't a consideration. We wanted to have something that Microsoft already provided so being able to leverage HyperV was a solid sell for us.
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      Return on Investment

      DataCore Software

      • More uptime - Typical SANs have redundant controllers, redundant power supply's and can make the drives redundant by leveraging RAID-0, 5, 6, and 10. The claim to be HA but they are not. That is because if I spay water all over them or catch the SAN on fire, the storage will go down. With DataCore's solution we have identical systems (maybe even at different datacenters connected with long-haul-fiber) including duplicate storage. So one side of the solution can totally be taken offline by water, fire, etc. and the other side will remain up providing true-HA storage. Because of this, we can upgrade the SANs during the day and still keep storage services running (zero-downtime).
      • Lower Costs - Ability to use 3rd party hardware which lowers the costs, not only for the initial investment but as storage capacity grows.
      • All the features one can want - High Availability, Thin Provisioning, Asynchronous and Synchronous mirroring/replication, snap-shotting, continues data protection, deduplication, storage reporting, trending with graphs, centralized console for easier management and many more.
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      StarWind

      • Our CIS software has some poorly optimized SQL logic. Our old Failover Cluster w/ a VNXe3200 SAN would take up to 7 seconds to pull a customer's records up. It now takes only 1-2 seconds. Our front office has been much more pleasant since their install.
      • I would only rarely have to interact with our blade switches and VNXe SAN, so I wouldn't necessarily retain the knowledge of how to configure them. Each time I'd need to make a change, I'd have to refer back to my documentation. That's no longer an issue I have to deal with.
      • The rack footprint for our cluster went from 14U to 4U, and we were able to achieve it with much less network cabling and with lowered power requirements.
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