StarWind HCA

StarWind HCA

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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)

Overview

What is StarWind HCA?

The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution designed to reduce application downtime on a reasonable budget.
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10 out of 10
June 09, 2022
StarWind Virtual SAN is an amazing product. It replaced HP Lefthand for us. This has saved us thousands of dollars in maintenance costs vs …
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How StarWind HCA Differs From Its Competitors

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I had to flexibility to choose and customize my hardware build-out, and StarWind took care of all the rest from dealing with the hardware vendors, installing software, and configuration tasks. I pretty much just had to physically mount the servers and make the network connections. StarWind then …
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The appliances came all setup. StarWind software was all setup and VMware was installed and configured. The support engineer logged in and finished the setup. They then migrated our VM's off of our old environment into our new one with a simple vMotion.
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Their support remotely configured our environment. It worked out of the box.
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In prior servers, we used VMware. We were confident in how to use VMware but Starwind uses HyperV. We were dubious to move to HyperV but they walked us through the process and helped us install and setup all the servers with ease and configured the VSAN software without a hitch.
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We took advantage of it, and it was the best choice.
A. They know what we have and are able to support 100%
B. Very quick deployment time we are talking less than a few days
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Unfortunately, StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a bit rigid here because we couldn't order our requested components but we were offered substantially better hardware for a bit more budget that offered twice the performance and memory. We decided to go for it because the price was still …
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The team is great at specing, testing, and shipping out everything all in one flow. They provide a white glove setup from start to finish. No company does it better. As soon as you receive your hosts, they contact you for setup. Not the other way around. There is no set it and forget it with the …
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We purchaed Dell rackmount servers through Starwind. Everything came pre-setup and configured with the HCA software. I wouldn't do it any other way. A single conversation, one credit card payment later, and boom! Servers came ready to go. There is something to be said about freeing up "Pre-setup" …
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We worked with StarWind to help design our environment. The host machines came preconfigured with all hardware installed. It required a short hour-long phone call with support to fully implement the solution in our environment. It took all of the guesswork out of the process. I would definitely …
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Other than the StarWind "appliance" there was no additional software. We did have the servers preconfigured with IP addresses, machine names, storage names. It was practically plug and play (I hate that term but here it fits). On top of that the support group walked me through setting up the …
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We moved to StarWind as part of an entire solution. We opted for Supermicro hardware and everything arrived pre installed with our hypervisor of choice. In depth guides came with the kit to tell us what to put where and when it was online, StarWind arranged a call to connect up and complete the …
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We purchased StarWind as a bundle initially and everything was included. We've only had to renew our support plan and they been able to work with us.
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Have not used any custom hardware or service. So, can't speak to this.
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When we initially signed up with StarWind and was going through the configuration with my sales rep at StarWind. He and his engineer stepped me through the process of what we needed for our environment and then asked what additional hardware/software we needed. All this was an easy, low stress …
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Their services are unmatched. They walked us through every step of the process from the sales pitch up to implementation - and beyond. Well beyond.
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We only needed to install the hardware ourselves and then we simply provided them remote access to the machine and they were able to configure everything for us. It was very quick and easy to setup and support was able to provide us details on how the system works. Knowing how painless the setup …
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These services made deployment a breeze. After racking the severs/clusters in two different deployments, we were up and running in less than two hours.
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We received on-boarding assistance that was very well done. We had to rack the appliances ourselves & join them to our domain, but once that was done they were able to connect and configure the storage, CSV, and Failover Cluster. They made it available to receive Hyper-V migrations, so live …
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The implementation process was ridiculously easy. Prior to recommending hardware, StarWind HyperConverged Appliance ran some tests against our previous system to get a benchmark of several performance metrics. We explained our future needs and we selected ah HCA appliance that was appropriate for …
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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) with services such as custom hardware and software bundling, installation, and integration makes implementation incredibly simple. Everything is handled by StarWind and deployment is easy. Their incredibly support team is always available to provide any help …
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We requested to use copper / rj45 cat6 cabling for our network cards, instead of fibre. This was costed out in the solution. Unfortunately the servers shipped with fibre network cards which was not what we wanted. However! StarWind quickly rectified this and sent out cat6 rj45 compatible network …
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We ordered the new Dell hosts through StarWind, and they preconfigured everything, then shipped them to us. Implementation was as simple as racking them, connecting the cables as directed, and turning everything on. Once this was done, I added the new hosts to my existing vCenter …
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Because of these services and their excellent support, I was able to switch our hypervisor to Hyper-V and save the company a lot of money on licensing costs. I didn't have very much experience with Hyper-V, so if StarWind hadn't offered such comprehensive services, I wouldn't have felt comfortable …
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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.

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Product Details

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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StarWind HCA Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Scale Computing Platform, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure, and NetApp HCI are common alternatives for StarWind HCA.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.7.

The most common users of StarWind HCA are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is well suited for environments needing redundancy and high performance. I feel comfortable running virtualized critical servers on the StarWind setup due to the benefits provided by the two-node system. Cost is more along the low-end of pricing compared to other brand-name hyperconverged solutions, so the return on investment is high.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is well suited for an SMB. SMB's don't always have a large budget. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) gives you high performance hardware setup with minimal cost. SMB's also don't always have an IT team so the fact that it's all supported hardware and services is great. The fact that you can migrate easily is a plus.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When upgrading servers and software it is so easy to to switch the active server over to another node. The cluster manager makes it easy to work on managing servers and upgrades. Our server is not overly complex so it meets our needs in every way. updates can be done during the day instead of waiting till the middle of the night to do upgrades.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The server went down at a weekend, support was on hand to quickly get the server back up and running before the next working day. Availability of hardware when we purchased was slim, and we wished we had waited for another vendor but the servers we were provided weren't bad just better vendors out there we would have waited for.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Well suited for a company like ours where growth has outpaced IT support.
A low entry point for the quality of hardware and services received.
A key point for us was plenty of room for growth. I didn't want us to get caught behind the growth curve again.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) offers a solution that is comparable to a storage system because it has all the advantages and is less expensive. It is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses that need to be more cost-efficient and are therefore more limited in choice, but this does not mean that StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is not the right choice if a higher budget is available. The comparison should be made with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) versus other manufacturers.
Justin Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
HCA is well suited for the SMB space. Schools, non-profits, and budget-conscious orgs that want to virtualize their environment. HCA is hypervisor agnostic. My experience is with HyperV, and it works great! HCA is well suited for two or more hosts. The team works with you to spec what you need and is very responsive along the way.
Mikel Reber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I love my HCA for a 2 Hyper-V cluster, not sure how well it scales past 2. I know they have a solution for it, but it seems like it could be a bit cumbersome. Physical setup was easy, software required some hand holding with support, however they are very knowledgable and were able to get us setup without any major issues.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind HCA is ideal for small and medium sized businesses who want to run their servers on-site and desire high-availability on a budget. Their support handles the initial software setup/configuration and leave you with a hypervisor that is ready to be loaded with VMs and utilized. Once setup it is easy to manage and reliable, and if you do encounter issues support is responsive and effective. Probably not the ideal solution for large enterprises or fast-growing companies since I imagine it's more difficult to scale than some other solutions - but if you have a somewhat consistent performance/storage needs, want the benefits of a HA cluster, and want to host things yourself, it is an excellent solution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I would highly recommend StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) for small to medium-sized businesses. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) can easily be scaled with the additional hosts to support businesses small and large. We currently have two hosts and can easily add more hosts in the future if need be. It is also a very budget-friendly solution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Starwind HCA is a great option for anyone who wants a simple, stable, ready to go solution out of the box. The solution is well suited for a modest internal environment all the way up to a full MSP hosting dozens of client environments.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our use case is in a VMware Horizon View cluster. It works extremely well. The SSD gives outstanding performance and I suspect that the "appliance" does a better job of managing the VSAN than the application running on top of Windows did. We have not had a single hiccup with the changeover. It was so easy to implement and easy to migrate VM's over to it. It was simple. I really can't speak to other scenarios. But if the performance here was an indicator - then it should be good as general storage or another virtualization platform.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is well suited in scenarios where you required a fully replicated, fast storage solution for cluster hypervisor host platforms whilst being directly attached without the need for any network-attached storage or additional hardware, allowing for seamless Virtual Machine migrations along with additional data security and lower power consumption to boot.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is well suited for Virtualized Environment The central management, redundancy and 24x7 alert system via managed service provider is a key component that we were looking for. The HyperV Servers comes Preconfigured and the product sales specialist recommends Hardware specs as needed for your environment. In case of updates for the firmware and StarWind Softwares the Starwind support contacts us since it is managed service and remotely does the upgrade which is great.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind provides fantastic replication across the nodes. We haven't had any real world failures but in simulated tests, data is always replicated and compute is switched almost immediately.

It also allows us to quickly and confidently perform maintenance on the VMWare environment as we know we can take down a node and no one even notice in the production environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I can only speak to our own use. We run a Hyper-V failover cluster on 2 StarWind nodes (Dell R730dx) and I never have any issues with the StarWind software or hardware. If there is ever an issue it tends to be with the VM, and StarWind proactive monitoring picks up on this 24/7 before I know about it, the support is excellent.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Really, it can be suited for any environment, not just large enterprises. Our office is less than 50 users so it can really scale from Small business environments to Large environments I'm sure they are able to offer a solution for anything in between.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is well suited for SMB companies that need a simple, reliable, and fully redundant solution. Small IT teams can't afford to spend a large portion of their day managing a complex system. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance helps with this problem with its vSAN system. Pricing for StarWind is very competitive as well. We got several other quotes and StarWind came in much lower. We've had zero issues with downtime in 5 years, all smooth.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I had to upgrade the StarWind SAN software and at the same time, upgrade the firmware of the hardware of the virtual host and I was able to move all our VMs over to the other host and perform the upgrades on the one host all while keeping all the VMs up and running during the upgrades. In the past, I would have to shutdown all the VMs to upgrade the firmware of the storage server and then power back on the VMs after the upgrade on the storage server.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It really is suited to anyone that needs to run their own server environment. Combining the performance and scalability of the HCA with the unparalleled support offered by StarWind, there is no better solution out there. If you are living in the past and still run physical devices for every server, it's time to talk to StarWind about how this appliance can help you.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
If you're looking for a solution that is a reasonable price with very good hardware then StarWind is great for that. Being a small team it is extremely helpful anytime we can leverage support for a vendors product. Anytime we have questions or a need arises their support is very quick is responding. They are also very quick to respond if they notice a node goes down on their end. We're currently running a 3 node setup and the expandability is there for us. They feel like a great solution for a medium sized business.
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