What users are saying about
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
99 Ratings
48 Ratings

StarWind Virtual SAN

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
99 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.8 out of 100
48 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • StarWind Virtual SAN is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • VMware vSAN is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.8

StarWind Virtual SAN

98%
95 Ratings
9.1

VMware vSAN

91%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.6

StarWind Virtual SAN

86%
10 Ratings

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings
9.2

VMware vSAN

92%
4 Ratings

Availability

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.8

StarWind Virtual SAN

98%
91 Ratings
7.4

VMware vSAN

74%
8 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.9

StarWind Virtual SAN

89%
6 Ratings

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.1

StarWind Virtual SAN

91%
1 Rating

VMware vSAN

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

StarWind

I would definitely prefer to use this solution for smaller projects. The cost savings and the ability to take a very limited amount of rack space provide a few benefits. I was able to install the new unit in the same rack as the one that was being replaced and run them in parallel during the changeover process so that a rollback would be easy in the event of any issues.
Read full review

VMware

vSAN is well suited for any application that can run in Virtual Environment. vSAN serves better for VDI, NSX, and vSphere on Cloud solutions. vSAN is a good fit for small and medium business companies. vSAN can't be a good solution where you have Oracle Solaris or IBM power systems. vSAN can't provide storage space using FCP protocol.
Read full review

Pros

StarWind

  • Their documentation for initial configuration and setup, while not necessarily 100% thorough, is as good or better than any I've seen. I got through 99% of the setup with a very good understanding of the config concepts and actual real world configuration for our particular environment. Their support was also very helpful in validating our network and node-to-node connectivity design plan. Once our design plan was vetted, it didn't take more than a couple of days to be fully up and running.
  • Our Starwind VSAN has been bullet proof. We've had ZERO issues with it since it's been built out almost 4 years ago. This is not an exaggeration. I find it almost ridiculous that it's been so rock-solid. Re-synchronization times between nodes after full power outages are lengthy, but I think that is a small price to pay, and it has never impacted our ability to get back up and running quickly.
  • Ongoing maintenance for the VSAN is next to nil. Aside from the periodic Starwind updates, and maybe checking re-sync after full outages, I almost never have to even think about Starwind. It's just there, and it works.
Read full review

VMware

  • VMware runs VSAN certification programs to make sure the OEM sells validated nodes. It helps customers to select appropriate certified ready nodes like Lenovo ThinkAgile VX which comes factory configured and easy to set up.
  • Hyperconverged solutions reduce real estate space and networking costs when compare with shared storage. The host overhead also less.
  • Supports All-Flash (SATA and NVMe SSDs) and Hybrid vSAN with HDD and SSD. So customers can choose cost-effective solutions appropriate to their workloads.
  • Supports different storage policies, RAID and duplication, and compression features and it makes a complete storage solution.
Read full review

Cons

StarWind

  • I once had to get emergency 24-hour support added on. I paid for the support (a yearly rate) but it was only good until the next renewal (so just for a couple of months.) That wasn't great. That kind of support should be pro-rated or permitted to carry over.
Read full review

VMware

  • We were a fairly early adopter of VMware vSAN and as such experienced several growing pains.
  • We experienced a few bugs that took a few software versions upgrades to go mostly away.
  • The biggest issue we had overall was with host drivers. Even with vSAN ready node compatible hosts, you have to be very careful that the drivers for NIC and RAID controllers are right.
Read full review

Pricing Details

StarWind Virtual SAN

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

StarWind Virtual SAN editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    VMware vSAN

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware vSAN editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      StarWind

      Unfortunately it would be apparently that our customers are requiring tighter integration with existing vendors. As vSAN was a single use case, selected to address and specific problem , it is unlikely we will have the opportunity to use it in the future.
      Read full review

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      StarWind

      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
      Read full review

      VMware

      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.
      Read full review

      Reliability and Availability

      StarWind

      Never went out of availability with StarWind.
      Read full review

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      StarWind

      It improves the overall performance.
      Read full review

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      StarWind

      We ran into some problems setting up our hyper-converged 2 node Failover-cluster. After many unsuccessful tries our Trial licence had expired. So we contacted support via Email and got an answer within 5 minutes. They just gave us longer trial to figure out if we can use Starwind Virtual SAN for our application
      Read full review

      VMware

      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!).
      Read full review

      Implementation Rating

      StarWind

      Read the docs I linked in the main review as well as StarWind's documentation. Then it will be easy as pie.
      Read full review

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      StarWind

      StarWind in our experience has a better pricing service and customer support. Additionally, only 2 host machines are required to setup the VSAN compared to 3 machines minimum recommended by VMware vSAN. This allowed us to save money on the licensing costs,hardware costs, and had amazing support compared to our experience with vmware.
      Read full review

      VMware

      Currently[,] we are testing both technologies in a time frame so we [still know] after some years which one is the best, according to our loads' needs. We had VMware before moving to vSAN, one [of] many [reasons] to move to vSAN is the opportunity to make the jump in a continuous way. The basic infrastructure did not change, our tech team knowledge was maintained since we did not move to another vendor's solution.
      Read full review

      Scalability

      StarWind

      Data scalability is the best feature in StarWind.
      Read full review

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      StarWind

      • We saved on the initial implementation in comparison to what we were going to pay prior to implementing StarWind.
      • Has improved our performance across all virtual machines.
      • On several occasions, we have run out of storage, and adding new storage racks, or introducing new nodes to the cluster has saved us time and money.
      • We have met our internal SLA's every year for the last 6 years.
      Read full review

      VMware

      • we have realized savings in the licensing compared to traditional storage (over $500,000 over the last 5 years)
      • we have realized ROI through efficiencies in our staff of approx $1MM (over the last 5 years)
      • also, positive impact on the time to value/speed of implementation allowed us to realize business objectives (Over $1MM of ROI)
      Read full review

      Screenshots

      Add comparison