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Likelihood to Recommend

SANsymphony

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is great for SMBs looking for cost-effective and easy HA solutions. Even if you are a growing company the platform is essentially commodity hardware that can be upgraded or you can add nodes as you grow. Even though it is cost effective that doesn't mean it isn't capable. You're using a standard Hyper-V cluster and you still have the full features of that platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SANsymphony

  • Speed is remarkable.
  • Easy to allocate data space needs.
  • Very easy to administrate.
  • Customer assistance is fantastic.
Scott Lambourne | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • StarWind HCA just flat out works. It is a simple solution for a business on a budget!
  • Support Support Support. Their support is second to none. I never have to worry about contacting their support because I know they will take care of us.
  • The all-flash solution brought us to a new level of speed and under budget!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SANsymphony

  • The only area I see lacking with DataCore is their support. It's not very good at all, and it's frankly, very frustrating and has almost caused me to swear off the product. With that said, the product itself (especially when working) is developed and runs very well and because of that, I will keep using it.
Andrew Bouwhuis | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • Multi cluster console. Currently, their management console is only able to attach to a single cluster at a time. I'm told that they have multi-cluster management high on their list of new features to be added so hopefully that is added soon.
  • Tech support locations. Currently, their tech support is located in eastern Europe. While they are staffed 24/7 there can be a language barrier at times trying to listen through thick accents. They are always very patient and never complain, even when I ask them to repeat themselves multiple times.
Brent Day | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SANsymphony

SANsymphony 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm currently in the process of renewing my support.
Scott Lambourne | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Easy to setup, easy to use. Nothing bad I can say about it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SANsymphony

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StarWind HCA

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

Reliability and Availability

SANsymphony

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StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 8.9
Based on 12 answers
StarWind's availability has been solid so far in our environment. We do run into hypervisor issues but with a multi-host and replicated storage solution, we see little to no interruptions. The replicated storage really improves our resiliency against storage failures that often occurred with our old traditional SANs
James Fulkerson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SANsymphony

SANsymphony 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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!
Scott Lambourne | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA 9.0
Based on 14 answers
Support works well to identify problems before we even know about them. They can detect when someone has bumped a network cable which won't show downtime as it is redundant but support can detect the issue and we can fix it without downtime. Overall we haven't had many issues to fix as it is very stable
John Entrup | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SANsymphony

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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

SANsymphony

Since it's running on Windows, it's very easy to understand and get ready to work. Simple concept, great UI, very straightforward. Since it's running on Windows, it will require more updates and patching than a Linux based Virtual SAN.It requires a Windows license in addition to the DataCore license.I only tied it on Hyper-V, don't know about VMware, but I bet that it works fine as well.
Tommy Boucher | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is based on StarWinds vSAN solution which is comparable to VMware's vSAN solution. In order to get a fully supported solution (hardware & software) you must purchase a solution like the Dell/EMC VxRail which from a price perspective, StarWind has them beat hands down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SANsymphony

  • Very positive. We get requests to be added to the SAN.
  • Don't have to think about it. Solid stability.
Fernando Villamil | TrustRadius Reviewer

StarWind HCA

  • We were able to cut the overall project costs by almost half over other vender offerings.
  • Our saving will continue over time due to moderation, stability, less down time, and high availability.
  • We now have the ability to move things back out of the cloud to save on monthly expenditures.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SANsymphony

General

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

StarWind HCA

General

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

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