StarWind HCA

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Score 10 out of 10
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Starwind HCA is our backbone for our Hyper V environment which runs nearly all processes for our college. We run many different virtual servers on the hardware to serve all needs It was selected due to the value a virtual environment brings over traditional physical hardware. Our old hardware was extremely expensive to support and complicated to manage. Starwind solved both those problems
Matthew Marlowe | TrustRadius Reviewer
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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is being used at our entire organization to server the needs of all of our virtual servers that support the companies entire infrastructure outside of switching and backup. Using StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) we are able to minimize the effort required to maintain and when we do need support, we have superior support available at all times.
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We migrated from a two-host replication back and forth configuration to a fully highly available solution with ease. The servers were preconfigured when they arrived, we simply plugged them in, and migrated each virtual machine over, with ease. We can now do maintenance during the day, on either host, with no downtime, and [many fewer] after-hour maintenance windows needed. Support and turn-around have been excellent. The disaster recovery plan has greatly improved after moving to this solution
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We use StarWind [HyperConverged Appliance] vSAN to support the IT needs across the entire company. It allows us to provide high-performance computing and storage to the business needs (i.e.: VMs, apps, desktops, etc.). It also reduces our IT complexity in hardware and maintenance.
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Our StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is the core of our organization. All of our critical VMs are hosted on it including SQL databases, line of business applications, ERP software, as well as network monitoring and management software. Being an SMB we needed a highly available VM platform that was cost-effective and not as complex as HA setups with traditional SANs.
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It is being used across the organization. We had experienced some data loss due to a failed backup and knew that we needed to address that in the future. Not only does it give us redundancy on-site (mirrored HA servers) it brought us up to an all-flash solution as well. The performance is amazing.
January 22, 2021

StarWind is great

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I manage a number of different IT environments ranging in the 10-500 staff level

Starwind by far provided the best bang for the buck. The big players are a stretch pricewise for the clients in this range and Starwind beats them everytime

Having said that – Starwind performs just as well performance wise. I opt for all flash arrays everytime and I see they made the announcement they are only selling all flash. This is a great move as all flash at the server level is an absolute game changer. Whole environments run so much smoother and really makes the IT admins life easier. If we have to deploy on prem servers its all flash or nothing for us. Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.

What also sets Starwind apart is the support. They have techs that are not just call routers that actually know and can troubleshoot issues 24x7. Most do have accents which may be an issue for some, but everyone I have worked with in support has been patient and professional so in my opinion this is not an issue. Besides at the end of the day the goal is to solve issues which you definitely will achieve.

There are several other competitors in this space which I did look at, but Starwind was just really easy to work with, has resources on every team to get you what you need (Pre sales, design, management escalation, and tech support) provided the specs I needed, so I didn’t really need to look much further.

How they can offer all of this and 24x7 level support and provide the hardware at extremely affordable costs is beyond me. There is no question for future purchases Starwind will be my #1 go to.

Score 8 out of 10
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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance serves as our hardware and storage for our sites. StarWind replaced our traditional SAN and host infrastructure. The company needed to replace the end of life server infrastructure while introducing new technologies like hyper converged platforms. StarWind also solved the problem of needing redundant storage without breaking the bank.
Mark Valpreda | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We had a hodge-podge of Hyper-V servers of various ages, capacity, and speed - some being upwards of 10 years old. Finally got budget to upgrade and made the most of the money by going HCA opposed to traditional host + SAN. Going HCA allowed us to not have a huge expenditure on networking.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are an IT service provider. A new area that we wanted to branch out into is hosting services/data for our customers. Starwind HyperConverged appliances helped us do just that. With two clusters, we are now hosting critical servers for our customers and are also able to give our customers offsite data backup for their onsite servers with disaster recovery into our private cloud.
Score 10 out of 10
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We are a small to mid-sized Eye Clinic that in 2015, had to upgrade our Patient Management & Billing system so deciding to stick with our current vendor, we migrated to their “cloud” product which is a hosted RDS Farm solution. Our 2 year experience on their “cloud” was coupled with numerous outages and continual slowness issues on a weekly basis. In 2017, we decided to bring the system back on-premise and so we began looking for a solution to run it along with our other virtual machines. Fault-tolerance was the primary requirement in our search and having worked with VMware vSAN in the past, we knew that it would be a viable solution but also one that would exceed the budget. That's when we discovered the StarWind HyperConverged Appliance, a 2-node highly available solution that fell within the allotted budget. We purchased the StarWind solution and it ran flawlessly for 2 years, then in late 2019, the unthinkable happened, our clinic caught fire and the building and all its contents were destroyed. Knowing we had offsite backups, we just needed the hardware to restore our servers. In contacting our StarWind account rep, they completely understood the circumstance we were in and accelerated the order, build, and shipment of the new 2-node appliance. As management worked on obtaining an alternate building to restore the service of treating our patients, the servers were delivered to my home so the restoration process could begin. The StarWind engineering and support staff were a tremendous help as they assisted in the restoration process. Knowing that StarWind will drop and do what’s needed to help a customer in dire straights has won us over as a faithful customer for life...thank you StarWind!!!
Ben Poole | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are currently using StarWind HCA to build out a flexible, distributed storage system. We had a myriad of file, application and database servers that ranged from physical to virtual. StarWind helped us consolidate and make the necessary physical to virtual server moves (P2V) and the entire process was very pleasant. This system also allows us to achieve high availability (HA) across the entire IT infrastructure that we are responsible for which was a major driving decision. This was all completed at an affordable price point for an SMB, which was also a key element for an NPO.
Ho-Ching Yung | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We used to have 4 Dell PowerEdge hosts running various version of Microsoft Hyper-V with no redundancy.
We are also running out of storage space and have been dealing with the increasing complexity of Windows server licensing. We investigated and received proposals from three vendors (Dell, Scale Computing and StarWind). Ultimately the main decision point was cost. StarWind is the only vendor that only needs two nodes to set up the cluster. Not only did we save on the extra node, we also did not have to license another Windows Server Datacenter edition. Our StarWind HCA has been in production for over 12 months, and we have had no issue or a single instance of downtime so far. And it has achieved our goals of centralizing storage management because of the StarWind Virtual SAN, added fault tolerance, and simplified Microsoft server licensing by using the Data Center edition.

Score 8 out of 10
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StarWind allowed us to migrate everything to a single Hyper-converged High Availability Hyper-V Cluster. We were able to shut down all of our legacy hardware and Hyper-visors and build in more redundancy. This also allowed us to bring some systems back out of cloud hosting which saved us additional money.
Score 9 out of 10
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StarWind HCA delivered us a complete solution that works out of the box. We received everything we need to get up and running. Support was really helpful, they configured the whole cluster and helped us a couple of times when something went wrong during configuration. HCA with ProActive support guaranteed us that migration from our old environment went smooth and fast.
Score 10 out of 10
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We had to replace an aging classic infrastructure because the cost to support and maintain every part of it was pretty high. Also, the SAN was becoming rather complex to maintain, and the time to resolution on tickets was pretty long with that vendor.
We spent some time looking at different solutions, since we have resources with experience on a wide range of hyper-converged solutions, including VxRail, Simplivity, and Nutanix. To a point, we did get quoted from a highly renown solution, but it was simply too expensive.
Then we found Starwind. They were offering a Hyperconverged solution that is very well priced and offers remote monitoring/support, resolving both the cost and support issues we had with the previous multivendor solution.

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
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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 Financial Services industry.