StarWind recommended for vSphere 6.7 integration
Updated June 13, 2022

StarWind recommended for vSphere 6.7 integration

Ricardo Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

Physical to virtual environment migration, requiring a VSAN storage for data center we had an old BLC 460 gen 6 blades with physical storage attached, so basically if we had any issues with the hardware or operating system the downtime for production would be for hours, so we created a virtual data center with VMware vSphere and added 3 20TB storage on each host then created 3-node StarWind scenario being shared on all 3 hosts, and creating virtual machines on 3 hosts and now running on StarWind storage.
  • The three-node hyperconverged scenario for our data center works as fault tolerance and less worries on data loss.
  • The management console over Windows, installing together with the PowerShell library, you can put images on maintenance mode from the management console which saves you a lot of time on syncing.
  • With the PowerShell library I created a batch file for putting images on maintenance mode when our UPS reaches 10% battery capacity in case of a blackout and this lets you bring all host backup and StarWind storage not requiring sync.
  • An easy migration to ZFS system that is being presented on a new version of StarWind, migrations look complicated as this restructures the whole architecture on the raid level, but could be a good option just by having it and letting the user decide this new feature migration, as based on our experience with ZFS systems they work pretty fast and secure.
  • Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device.
  • SMTP makes management services to crash and restart if SMTP server not reachable
  • This improved our organization by having a fault tolerance architecture for our virtual data center, this solution decreased a lot of our downtime compared to physical environment.
  • Compared to HPE and main providers cost is considerably lower, and perpetual licencing lets you save a lot of money.
  • Keeping updated for all features.
I sent an email, with an issue I had for notifications, but at the end it was no network communication to our SMTP, I got opened a ticket and asked a lot of log files for this bug, but I consider this as being a software bug by not telling a warning message that there is a network problem and not freezing could be replicated on StarWind's side to fix this issue on next version without asking users for logs. This is my opinion.
  • HPE StoreVirtual VSA (Discontinued)
Yes, we used HPE StoreVirtual, we moved to StarWind to reduce costs. We tried VMware VSAN and the cost was too elevated for our requirements.

Do you think StarWind Virtual SAN delivers good value for the price?


Are you happy with StarWind Virtual SAN's feature set?


Did StarWind Virtual SAN live up to sales and marketing promises?


Did implementation of StarWind Virtual SAN go as expected?


Would you buy StarWind Virtual SAN again?


I would advise trying the 30-day trial, or if in a small data center, use the free version and manage it over PowerShell. There is a lot of documentation for implementation.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

900 - Indirectly as they use terminal servers and other services on the organization. Running web services, DHCP domain controllers etc. using StarWind VSAN storage.
2 - Networking knowledge for preparing and understanding i/o speed in between the hosts.
Storage and RAID knowledge to understand i/o speed and arrays for i/o.
  • High availability.
  • Fast syncing, reduces data loss.
  • Sharing storage for all data center.
  • PowerShell commands to put storage on maintenance mode.
  • Integration with web interfaces.
  • Integration with various operating systems.
  • Creating new VSAN storage for expansion.
  • Creating new VSAN storage for new locations.
We are very happy with the current configuration and tested failures and it worked as we wanted.

Evaluating StarWind Virtual SAN and Competitors

Yes - HPE StoreVirtual.
  • Price
  • Product Usability
  • Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
By letting the support team do it next time, as based on their knowledge we have the correct configurations.

StarWind Virtual SAN Implementation

in my case a little longer than expected due to the mixed technologies we have on our infrastructure, using HPE virtual connect and vsphere, also mixed with smart arrays and cache memories.
Yes - first , network configuration for Sync channels for storages, then VM installation in this case for starwind OS and storage creation , then after that we deployed the iscsi services to be read by our datacenter.
  • synchronization issues
  • SMTP crashes the management services when smtp connection issues.

StarWind Virtual SAN Support

Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
due to how critcal our storage is, i would like to have the support from starwind in case of disaster,
for initial deployment, they reviewed our network to make sure compatibility and best performance.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • management console
  • putting storage into maintenance mode
  • monitoring the VSA'a
  • cant shutdown or reboot from management console
  • not SMTP easy configuration for alarms, but notification configurations, management
VSA with starwind has been deployed since 3 years ago with no issues, great on monitoring it everyday with the management console, great I/O based on other solutions as it can use SSD drives as cache memory for the storage deployed, also great support from starwing engineers, fast response and good technical explanation when asking technical questions.