Great performance at a great price.
October 30, 2020

Great performance at a great price.

Josh Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

We use Starwind VSAN in our main vsphere 7 cluster. It is the primary storage system for our organization and is used by every user in our organization. We selected Starwind VSAN to provide a boost to the speed of our VMware infrastructure and to provide better high availability to systems in our vsphere cluster.
  • Speed
  • High Availability
  • Price
  • Setup complexity
  • Reduced the possibility of downtime tremendously.
  • Improved productivity due to access time on local database apps.
I'm not sure I have a specific instance to point to from one vendor or another. We have always used VMWare and that was how we evaluated the solution. I can tell you that the performance has been great and certainly comparable or better than VMWare's own vsan product. The integration is obviously not as tight as VMWares vsan but I think the Starwind product is a better value.
Management is pretty straight forward. In the virtual appliance install, I have a small vm on each host that acts as the storage device for that host and syncs with the appliance on another host forming two pairs that sync together. There is also a management console for the system as a whole that is easy to use.
I have been consistently impressed with the quality of service I have gotten from the presales calls all the way through deployment. They have been very quick to respond to questions and have provided great advice during deployment on the best way to tune the system for our priorities, which were speed and high availability.
The biggest difference in my opinion between these two is the level of integration that VMWare's solution provides. It's a purpose-built solution for their environment so it will enjoy tighter integration across their product stack. Because StarWind is platform-agnostic it's not going to be as tight as the vendor-specific solution. I went with Starwinds vsan because it provided similar performance for a better price.
We have the virtual appliances and I think for small to medium-sized organizations that is the way to go for the best value, but if you are a larger organization, I could see the value in going with their dedicated hardware appliances. For me, it was incredibly attractive that we could get very good performance for our workload on four host servers at this price point.