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StarWind HCA

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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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August 31, 2022
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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 HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)

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 and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure are common alternatives for StarWind HCA.

Reviewers rate Availability and 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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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) efficiently hosts our school district's production server environment, ensuring reliable performance and uptime for critical applications like student information systems, email, file sharing, and learning management systems, all within our limited budget and IT resources, making it an ideal solution for our needs. Basically, it covers our production environment.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is used as shared storage in a 4 host cluster. The connection is via LAN (10Gb) and runs with good performance. In this way we can virtualize an area of IT and thus relieve the hardware costs. In addition, data security is increased, although there is a stable backup and restore concept.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I am the sole sysadmin at a small nonprofit. We replaced our old VMware hosts/SAN storage with a pair of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance's and have since converted numerous physical servers to VM's and have been smoothly running about 50 VM's on our StarWind HyperConverged Appliance's ever since then. The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance's have been instrumental in helping us to simplify our server and network environment and provide the capacity, performance, and stability we need to virtualize more of our infrastructure.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The StarWind HCA solution is used for our VMWare virtualization environment in a two host high-availability cluster to support critical business operations running over 20 virtual machines/servers. I needed to have a setup that provides the highest level of performance, due to a few critical virtualized servers, as well as the highest level of redundancy in the situation where we will need to recover from any given incident affecting business operations.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We had a two physical host, two SAN VMware setup on aging hardware. The SAN's setup as a pool, therefore not redundant. We wanted to simplify this setup, improve performance, reduce the single point of failure, all while dealing with a SMB budget. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) allowed us to simply migrate our VM's over to a new set of HCA hardware. All setup and support is included and within an hour or two overall we were all setup.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We've been using a StarWind HyperConverged Appliance pair as our Hyper-V solution for 5 years now. Their support remotely configured the initial environment and it just works. Very easy to maintain. Because of its simplicity, I'd definitely recommend for a small to medium business with limited IT resources. It is definitely an affordable and reliable solution without the need for an expensive enterprise level SAN.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Being a facility that hosts horse shows and restaurants we need servers in a HA solution to ensure that shows are not delayed and we didn't have any major downtime. The StarWind HCA vSAN solution gave us the product we needed to ensure we stay online. Our horse show software is necessary to run each of these shows and very necessary element for our companies success.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is our primary server setup. The setup has allowed us to have a redundant server solution with lower hardware costs. The support the solution comes with means you always have an extra set of eyes watching your servers and will notify you when you have issues on the servers. The solution has allowed us to extend our server offerings due to an HDD\SSD hybrid configuration.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use them as our main servers. Load balancing between the two nodes to offer faster performance to our end users and allow me to bring once outsourced applications back on-premise. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance replaced a very outdated hodge-podge of PC-based servers that were not keeping up with the demands of our growing business.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We would like to have a cheaper solution compared to a storage system but with all the advantages and not the disadvantages. Here only StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) came into question. On average, we achieved a saving of 20% with comparable storage systems. Also the possibility to build a scalable virtual cluster that guarantees high availability. A high availability cluster was created for a data center. Active Directory Application Server DMS Pros: - cheap - Scalable - top support - the best of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) server and storage systems Cons: - Delivery time - Limited hardware packages
Justin Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Starwind HyperConverged Appliance is used in a two-node cluster running HyperV. HCA has allowed for easily entering the hyper-converged market, kept costs down, and added much resiliency to my on-premise network. It addresses my virtualization needs while being very user-friendly, budget friendly, and management friendly. It solves my highly available virtualization problem.
Mikel Reber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We utilize StarWind as a clustered Hyper-V platform in our organization. We upgraded from a stand alone Hyper-V server to StarWind in 2019 and its been absolutely amazing to use. Support monitors the devices 24/7 which takes additional time off my hands to work on my other responsibilities. I've even been surprised a few times when we had a Guest issue and Starwind support actually remoted in and resolved it with our assistance. Its been a great experience, I can't imagine going with any othet vendor from here on out.
Nick Casagrande | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I run StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) on 2 ESX clusters each with over 100vm's for the past 5 years. I came from a traditional 3-tier architecture and Starwind simplified everything! Gone are the expensive iscsi switches and configurations, crazy tough hardward compatibility, and months to get up and running. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) was able to single source the entire solution for me with hardware and software and remotely install it all. It was a no-brainer and support is awesome to work with. They know everything inside and out and the 24x7 monitoring keeps everything running great. I can't reccomend it enough and should always be considered when looking at other vsan type products
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are a company with about 50 employees and StarWind HCA is the backbone of our on-prem IT infrastructure. It runs 4 Windows Server VMs in a high-availability cluster + 2 Domain Controllers. When I started at the company everything was run off a single bare-metal server install and downtime was common. Since migrating to StarWind HCA performance has improved and downtime has been reduced to almost 0.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We needed a solution to our ever-growing server racks. We previously had a small implementation of ESXi on a single host and many physical servers. We were looking for a solution that would help consolidate all of the physical servers and allow us to scale easily in the future.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our two node Starwind HCA cluster hosts our internal environment as well as environments for some of our MSP clients. The system has proven itself time and time again to be much more reliable than our original failover cluster, leading to less troubleshooting and downtime
June 09, 2022

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
StarWind Virtual SAN is an amazing product. It replaced HP Lefthand for us. This has saved us thousands of dollars in maintenance costs vs HP lefthand. The product is running perfectly. The performance is amazing. Recommend this over HP Lefthand. Very well-built product. We had an issue in the setup of the config of the device, when calling support they were very prompt in their emails. They helped us through the entire problem. The support staff is very friendly. Support contracts are priced at a very reasonable rate.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I recently did a hardware refresh and I moved from StarWind VSAN (I have reviewed previously) to StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). Since this was during a hardware refresh it was obviously to replace old hardware. I chose StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) because of the good performance and support I had gotten when running StarWind VSAN on our own hardware. I went from a three-node cluster running VMware Horizon View to a two-node cluster with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). One of the key upgrades with the HCA was moving to all SSD.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use StarWind to provide shared storage for my hypervisor cluster servers, it solves and addresses the business problem of having to manage additional shared storage solutions and the complexity of networking this requires, my use case is the norm for many IT professionals in this current day and time, and I confirm it does everything they advertise after extensive testing it performs as well as any other solution, with the added benefit of low deployment timeless management overhead and a monitored system by StarWind directly.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use StarWind managed HyperV service for Virtualized Servers, redundancy servers and the Star Wind support alerts us if there are any issues with the HyperV servers. Their phone support is professional and great.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We moved to StarWind to allow us to simplify our environment, getting away from traditional iSCSI with compute, storage and switches, to a solution that uses less rack space but can do all of the same. <br><br>We also use StarWind as a form of redundancy, should one box have a failure, we have another ready and waiting to take over almost instantly thanks to the replication the platform provides. <br><br>
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We were running MS Dynamics AX2012 on a HP LeftHand SAN solution, but it was just too slow. We moved to an all flash StarWind solution that performed much, much better and improved the user experience greatly, and only took up 4U of rack space rather than the full rack of SAN nodes and servers.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We mainly use this as a failover and not have to expense for additional or separate storage. Our environment is pretty small and with less than 50 users. We only have two servers in the failover cluster that are part of the StarWind Storage. Prior to StarWind we always had to schedule maintenance windows and have all of our services down. Compare to before, our downtimes have been decreased substantially and maintenance windows have almost been eliminated. Not to mention, I no longer have to come in on weekends!
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use StarWind Virtual SAN on-premise to host 30+ Hyper-V VMs. We also have a test environment with 15 VMs. The product is amazing due to its ease of use and reliability. Before StarWind, we were on a traditional SAN/Switch/Server setup (AKA inverted pyramid). Obviously, storage was not fully redundant, so we wanted to address this in the new solution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Virtual file server and Active Directory domain controller for the corporate office and virtual development and technical support environments for our Developers and Technical Support staff at our corporate office. Has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation. Previously, we had the traditional SAN environment of 2-3 virtual hosts, 2 SAN switches for iSCSI, and then one storage array/server (all Dell hardware). The problem was the single point of failure (SPoF) at the bottom which was the one storage server. Because of the cost, we could only afford one storage server but this meant that SPoF. Now we have a completely fully redundant SAN solution at half the cost and rackspace footprint.
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