A simple solution that has amazing support and very easy deployment
March 06, 2019

A simple solution that has amazing support and very easy deployment

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)

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.
  • Well, for us the main factor behind our choice wasn't pricing. We chose their solution because of the support they provide. We have a fairly small team, and having someone else look at the clusters and notify us when an issue occurs was a selling point.
  • Then, obviously, came the second most important factor. Cost. This is simply the cheapest Hyperconverged solution we could find. Yet it offers features comparable to the very expensive solutions.
  • The solution is perfect for our use case, so it's rather hard to mention a point to improve on. The only thing I'd like to see is the use of a web console instead of having to maintain an installed client on the admin workstations or servers.
  • We reduced the maintenance cost and the number of vendors we have to interact with for the renewal of support every year.
  • We spend less time managing SANs, and the storage management for the HCA is pretty simple.
In the end, we chose StarWind because it offered us all the benefits of an HCA with a price that was about 10 times lower than the competitors' solutions.
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.