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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Recent Reviews

CEO

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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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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Other than custom building the hardware that our appliance was built on to include GPUs, and faster CPUs, we have not had any custom development or integration performed in our system.
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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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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) and the Retail industry.
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Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Coping date every second in real time
  • instant failover
  • the ability to upgrade software in background without affecting users during business hours
  • I can't say I know of specific areas of improvement. I like the way the systems work. Sometimes I have hard time understanding the support team on the phone but it's not bad.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Redundancy
  • Load balancing
  • Technical Support
  • Firmware updates - Though this is more of a server Manufacturer issue. Support does help when there are any questions.
  • I would like to see easier to access dashboards and notification areas (This may exist currently, I just don't know about it)
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • A single off-the-shelf solution for a high-availability system (usually entails a mix of solutions)
  • Support is excellent. Responses are prompt and reps are knowledgeable.
  • Relatively low cost
  • Command Center (web portal) management is slow and clunky. I find it easier to manage directly from the node OS.
  • Scalability could be problematic for larger/faster-growing companies
June 09, 2022

CEO

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
  • Support
  • Ease of setup
  • Perfomance is great
  • Documentation
  • Implementing updates
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It is extremely easy to set up, it comes with most options pre-configured for you. But the support group will walk through your entire setup and migration.
  • It is monitored by StarWind 24x7. Instead of issues being reactive with the monitoring I'm hoping things will be more proactive.
  • The performance has been outstanding. I think disk was our main limiting factor with our hold hardware.
  • I prefer HP hardware to Dell hardware but that's just me.
  • The documentation is a bit sparse.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Virtualization
  • Hardware redundancy
  • The central management
  • in the past due to time zone differences to get to phone support later in the afternoon sometimes we could not get a hold of second level technical support on the same day. however we feel that this has been improved in the past year. Normally we can get to first level support immediately and then if an escalation needed, we schedule a time with second level support later
  • Customer portal to schedule a time
  • Discounts on Upgrades
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simplicity and ease of management were great. Much easier to maintain than other complex redundant solutions.
  • Proactive support is great and available 24/7.
  • Reliability have been solid (no downtime at all) for 5 years.
  • Support team has slight accent but is not too difficult to understand.
  • Emphasis on security can be improved. Things like default passwords were not changed initially until requested.
  • Can't really think of much else...If I had to split hairs...on reboots sometimes it took a while to sync with the other node. Max was 30 minutes, but 99% of the time it's 3-4 minutes.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Reliability.
  • Redundancy.
  • Ease of use.
  • Ease of installation/setup.
  • Our use case is very simple and I can't think of anything that needs room for improvement.
  • For our use, it's mainly set it and forget it and it does everything we need it to do out of the box.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The appliance scale very well. If need be, we can add new appliances to the pool with ease.
  • The appliance runs maintenance-free. We rarely have to touch the StarWind software or the appliances beyond routine VM maintenance
  • It load balances extremely well.
  • Price. It is a little expensive for small businesses to buy into - however it is on point with other solutions in this market space.
Mike Struck | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Ease of deployment
  • No need to create a storage network with their Virtual SAN
  • Great ProActive Support
  • Virtual SAN setup requires more storage than traditional
  • Steps need to do maintenance can be a little confusing
  • Had to use Windows Server licenses at time of deployment
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Onboarding is well supported and simple. We were able to migrate all our VMs within a week of receiving the appliances.
  • StarWind's Virtual SAN software gives the reliability of a failover cluster with the performance of local storage.
  • ProActive Support ensures errors are detected and contact initiated automatically.
  • I no longer have to troubleshoot three disparate systems when something goes wrong.
  • Since Hyper-V Failover Clusters require Cluster Shared Volumes, the appliances have to be configured to access their local storage through an iSCSI connection. It adds a small amount of overhead, but is still much faster than an actual SAN.
  • ProActive Support is sometimes a little too much. We were having issues with our Backup/DR software that was generating errors in the appliances' event logs, and we had a new series of emails from StarWind every morning until they were sorted out.
  • Lead time on receiving the appliances was pretty long. Dell provides the hardware, so their delays are StarWind's delays as well.
  • Each appliance has to be able to be able to support all of the VMs' storage/compute needs, so enough disk space needs to be purchased to house all the storage needs on each appliance. If you require 10TB of storage before taking a RAID into account, you would need to purchase 20TB of storage.
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