StarWind HCA

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Score 10 out of 10
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Starwind works great in our small environment. It was very easy to implement and continue to manage. It increased our performance many times over our old equipment I would guess at some point a large environment would make sense to have a separate host and network and storage with a bigger team to manage it all but for small environments it is great.
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The HCA is suited for any business of any size, it scales up and down based on your needs. The Support team will be hands-on from start to finish and ensure everything works every step of the way. They have made the whole experience very easy, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Matthew Marlowe | TrustRadius Reviewer
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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a great Hyper Converged system that can utilize multiple Hyper Visors. The flexibility that it provides allows for many different use cases both small and large. The hardware available for use are limitless and for this reason I find that it's good for any purpose.
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StarWind is the PERFECT fit for a smaller business that is looking for an affordable but well-supported HCI solution. We looked at several other vendors and StarWind blew them all away with their pricing and support. Their setup support and migration support were the best. I was able to work with the same person the whole time.
Mark Valpreda | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I can imagine this would be a nice solution for similar situations to ours - hardware refresh with additional redundancy. We have ~100 VMs using ~480GB RAM and 50TB. These are VMs with similar CPU needs, so it worked out well. If there are one-off VMs with higher CPU needs, I would look at maybe a separate cluster. Trying to do too much would have been much more expensive.
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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A StarWind HyperConverged Appliance for environments that don’t utilize a ton of read/rights and have a high volume of servers fit well with their base models. Remote office branch office setups perform well on a StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. Their base models would not be recommended for a data center environment.
Score 9 out of 10
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Starwind HCA is the perfect solution for small to medium businesses wanting the high availability of a cluster without the complexity of a traditional cluster/SAN architecture. In a 2 or 3 node setup, there is no need for a separate storage switch stack as the nodes can all be directly connected. This improves simplicity while still offering great availability and speed. In large enterprises where you want to have a large number of nodes, it may make more sense to separate the storage and compute stacks.
Aaron Loomis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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If you're looking to get into the virtual server space and need high availability, StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is a good option at a good price point. The support is great as the onboarding team and post onboarding support is very attentive and helpful.
Score 10 out of 10
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The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance solution is scalable so it'll work in a simple 2-node cluster up to any quantity you need to meet your requirements so I don't believe there is any scenario where it won't work. Sales and support are there to help you determine what is the right solution for you.
Ho-Ching Yung | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Budget-friendly hyper-converged appliance that works very well for small or Mid-size businesses without trading off reliability.
If we had a much higher budget, we may go with Scale Computing, I really like the fact that they use the Linux based Hyper-Visior.
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Well, it's a Hyperconverged Cluster. I can't really provide a use case for everyone. I can only talk about our context.
We use it in three data centers around the world, two of them being smaller remotely managed ones. So having a two-node cluster instead of a 25U 3 servers+SAN setup is definitely welcome. We reduced cooling, power and space requirements.

What is StarWind HCA?

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a turnkey hyper-converged platform that merges compute, storage, network, and software into a nuclear 2-node footprint. The solution is designed to simplify HCI management for Enterprise ROBO, SMB & Edge, while offering flexible scalability and powerful performance.

Users can start with two nodes, based on HeartBeat, that can be switchless and function without additional equipment. StarWind HCA is a software-centric architecture that removes the need for proprietary components. StarWind Engineers perform the configuration, testing, migration, and integration for users, free of charge.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance:

  • allows using 100% of underlying storage performance
  • has no hardware compatibility lists (HCLs)
  • does 2- or 3-way replication + local RAID 5/6/10
  • does VAAI and ODX data offloading
  • includes load balancing and data locality
  • does VM-centric hypervisor-level snapshots, and more.

To minimize CapEx and OpEx further, StarWind ProActive Premium Support (included in every license) substitutes an IT squad for the sake of cluster health assurance. ProActive Support monitors user environments 24/7/365, and uses machine learning to detect abnormal behavior so issues are prevented before they can become a problem.

The vendor presents StarWind HCA as a hyper-converged world enclosed in a tiny “building block” that comes at a reasonable price.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationNo

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What is StarWind HCA?

The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution designed to reduce application downtime on a reasonable budget.

What is StarWind HCA's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses StarWind HCA?

The most common users of StarWind HCA are from Mid-size Companies and the Airlines/Aviation industry.