Overall Satisfaction with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)
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.
- Well within budget.
- Easy management.
- High availability.
- Needed to work with sales to get any sort of pricing.
We had one issue with a drive that went bad. StarWind informed us before we knew. Few emails later and a tech was scheduled, few days later everything was replaced. Was a painless process.
We have done maintenance in the middle of the day - Windows and Dell updates. No impact to production - users had no idea. This is all built on proven Windows Server technology.
We did use their services for the initial setup. I'm sure we could have figured it out on our own, but getting a 3-node cluster set up in a few hours and set up right was well worth it.
I can imagine this would be a nice solution for similar situations to ours - hardware refresh with additional redundancy. We have ~100 VMs using ~480GB RAM and 50TB. These are VMs with similar CPU needs, so it worked out well. If there are one-off VMs with higher CPU needs, I would look at maybe a separate cluster. Trying to do too much would have been much more expensive.