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Likelihood to Recommend

StarWind Virtual SAN

From our experience, StarWind Virtual SAN is suitable for any environment, big or small. From hosting just a few virtual machines to 100's. If you do not want to be locked into an environment, or a particular set or brand of hardware and you want to have control over your environment, then StarWind is an ideal fit. We can't think of any environment where StarWind would not be suitable. The fact that you can take any server and turn it into a virtual SAN with just a few clicks is a no-brainer. With a decent and well-configured network behind StarWind, and with the addition of many nodes to run StarWind, performance can be tremendously improved along with uptime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

vSAN is well suited for many generic workloads and enterprise applications. The customer can easily start with a 2-3 node cluster and then scale out. Also, vSAN has to be considered along with other products such as VMware VCF and Horizon to get a complete solution from VMware and other benefits. vSAN uses FTT=1 and it requires double the amount of storage when RAID1 is used. Also, RAID5/6, deduplication, and compression have additional overhead and the customer has to exercise appropriately. Since HDD and SSD prices are comparable nowadays, vSAN All-Flash can provide seamless performance to many workloads such as VDI, SQL Server. Cloud, etc.
Chandrakandh Mouleeswaran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • Excellent pre/post sales support. We felt like we could approach the company with any issue.
  • After implementation the solution has been very low-touch, meaning that we don't need to devote valuable resources towards keeping the solution running. This is ideal for the SMB/SME market.
  • StarWind have been in the business for many years and their focus is on storage solutions. This provided us with reassurance that the solution will continue to exist and be supported in the future.
  • We scheduled an interactive validation/tuning session before we went live. We found this to be very valuable and it proved to us how much the company is invested in their product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

  • We are using VMware vSAN in our primary datacenters using relative in-expensive flash storage drives. This allowed us to really increase our storage performance over dedicated storage at a much lower overall price.
  • By buying ESX hosts that were only partially loaded with drives, we have great flexibility in adding additional capacity without much effort.
  • The volume management versus dedicated storage was greatly simplified. Each ESX cluster acts as one single large volume rather than having lots of carved up volumes all over the place as we did with dedicated storage.
  • Management is integrated directly into the vSphere client rather than having to go elsewhere.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • It would be a nice feature if the virtual disks could automatically enter maintenance mode when one of the nodes is shutting down.
  • Some of the networking portion of the setup isn't straightforward, it would be helpful if the GUI recommended some best practices.
David Benz | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

  • It would be nice to have fabric-based storage acceptance to disaggregate storage and expand beyond the node concept. The assumption that increased storage needs require increased compute or ram is simply not true.
  • The licensing costs are high but you do get what you pay for.
Eric Garrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 6 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

VMware vSAN

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Usability

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 2 answers
One of the best solution to create virtual shared storage.
Tamim Tabiat | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 9.2
Based on 4 answers
Deploying and configuring VSAN is a relatively simple process for people that are already used to working in virtual environments, primarily for those that are familiar with vSphere. The compatibility of those two products is amazing. You shouldn't really encounter any issues and if you do, you surely did something wrong.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

StarWind Virtual SAN

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

VMware vSAN

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Performance

StarWind Virtual SAN

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

VMware vSAN

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Support Rating

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 10.0
Based on 43 answers
Super responsive at all hours of the day. Even the tier 1 support is very very capable and gets the problem resolved. They are very knowledgeable about the product and you can tell they know what they are doing from the way they ask and react to information.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN 7.0
Based on 7 answers
Support is (as always forVMware) top notch and easy to work with. The majority of computer companies are outsourcing their tech staff, and it seems they do as well. But their guys know the product well and are quick to respond to your ticket (if the severity is right!).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN 9.1
Based on 2 answers
They should work more closely with Microsoft.
Tamim Tabiat | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

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Alternatives Considered

StarWind Virtual SAN

I like that StarWind Virtual SAN allows for heterogeneous hardware and not tied to one specific platform like Nutanix. In other words, we can use Dell or HP, or any other name brand with the proper specs to meet the basic criteria for a proper StarWind Configuration with Fast NVME drives and fast 10g network cards.
Traiano Nistor | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware vSAN

vSAN was handy to do our testing. It helps to provide plenty of storage performance with a simple interface. It is easy to configure and works just great. VMware software, in general, provides the best performance and reliability for the virtualization platform. It's always worth trying HCI and testing modern technology.
Dmitry Malafeev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

StarWind Virtual SAN

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

VMware vSAN

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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

VMware vSAN

  • With vSAN, we no longer need a storage admin to run a SAN. And yet we still have all the functionality in vSphere including vMotion.
  • With vSAN, we no longer need a storage admin to run a SAN. And yet we still have all the functionality in vSphere including vMotion.
Brent Runyan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

StarWind Virtual SAN

General

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

VMware vSAN

General

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

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