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StarWind Virtual SAN

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Score 9.7 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • StarWind Virtual SAN is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.8

StarWind Virtual SAN

98%
70 Ratings
8.2

StorPool

82%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
9 Ratings

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

StarWind Virtual SAN

100%
68 Ratings

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

StorPool

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

StarWind Virtual SAN

We have found it to be most useful in an RDS environment where there are multiple Session Hosts that may need to be failed between the hosts. This is also in our Datacenter which has already got enough redundancy and protection around it but required something inside the cab to bolster the actual server infrastructure. It doesn't work so well for smaller clients that just simply aren't big enough to need this kind of failover.
Liam Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

Storpool performs well on block level (and that is what we use it for). It is not yet supporting a kind of distributed filesystem or object storage - a filesystem layer needs to be built on top of it.
Michael Kutzner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • Performance is very noticeable whether its through cache or from the nodes.
  • Scale. Simple tasks like expanding a volume, adding more storage, introducing new nodes are a breeze.
  • Administration and configuration [are] very easy, intuitive, and straightforward. Patching and maintenance windows run at any time and nodes can be placed into maintenance and all production systems are not affected.
  • StarWind Support is by far the best support team I have ever dealt with. Never turned back and never had a question not answered.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

  • Distributed Storage array with very high throughput in terms of reading & write operations.
  • Horizontal scaling without much complexity of management.
  • Easily integrate with OpenStack cloud.
  • Doesn't depend on proprietary hardware, integrates with commodity hardware.
SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • Occasionally the documentation/knowledge base isn't explicit about the implications of particular configuration choices.
  • unsynchronized volumes, it is a manual process to trawl event logs looking for information; as this information is available and the process to determine the last written copy of the data is deterministic/repeatable I would have thought a tool to search the available node event logs would be handy to have.
  • It could be clearer that if you use the GUI (Trial license) AT ALL, you cannot then configure the system to use the Free Tier license.
Ben Mottram | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

  • Graphical interface is for monitoring and stats, but not for operations.
Martin Vasev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

StarWind Virtual SAN

General

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

Starting Price

StorPool

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 9 answers
StarWind Virtual SAN has been a game-changer for us. It's far less headache than our previous SAN. It just works. It's cost-effective. When it's time to replace our hardware, we will continue to use StarWind Virtual SAN to support our entire organization.
Norman Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 8.9
Based on 6 answers
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
Ricardo Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Never went out of availability with StarWind.
Mirza R. Baig | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It improves the overall performance.
Mirza R. Baig | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 10.0
Based on 68 answers
The support does a final check with you if you choose to implement everything yourself (which we did so we could properly support ourselves day to day should something arise), which was our only required contact so far. Since that experience was proper.... a 9/10. Aside from that we only had small questions which we took to the forums, and timely responses, so...what more can you ask for. :)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 8.9
Based on 6 answers
Read the docs I linked in the main review as well as StarWind's documentation. Then it will be easy as pie.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

StarWind Virtual SAN

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.
Connor Koch | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

We made a very careful selection of our storage vendor and solution. After researching the newest technologies, our team decided to deploy a software-defined storage solution from StorPool.
Paul Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Data scalability is the best feature in StarWind.
Mirza R. Baig | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • Allowed us to take a SAN that would only ever be used in the event of a failure and begin actively utilizing that hardware for production.
  • This resulted in being able to sustain a complete site failure without any need for a manual disaster recovery procedure.
Andrew Watson | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorPool

  • We have not calculated precise ROI. We focused on getting the best solution at a reasonable price, based on market research. Initially, we didn’t need a lot of capacity, so we invested in servers and network, which could handle several times more capacity, but bought smaller drives to keep the investment low. We achieved a starting price of $3.2/GB usable and $1.4/GB logical. Later we expanded the capacity by adding more drives to the system. Currently, the system has a price of approximately $2.3/GB usable and $0.99/GB logical and a price of $0.09/IOPS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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