StarWind Virtual SAN--Best ROI
March 30, 2022

StarWind Virtual SAN--Best ROI

Buddy Willis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

We use the StarWind Virtual SAN in a HA stack. We then use readily available HPE servers (DL380DL - 26 disk) to be the hardware. This allows use to have reliable hardware with reliable software and no downtime. It also drives cost down to almost nothing compared to hardware based SAN devices. Year after year cost are also down with not needing to keep hardware warranties up, due to part being available easily. Overall we have saved many thousands of dollars by going this way. We see no difference in IOPS or any other performance metrics. We have also tested the high availability a few times (once on purpose and a few not) - it seems to work flawlessly.
  • Hardware agnostic
  • Cost of Software Maintenance
  • Ease of use
  • lightweight software
  • Maybe more integration into Veeam to be able to use hardware snapshots
  • Possibly some reporting on metrics via smtp
  • Initial Cost of cheap servers is way low
  • cost of yearly support is nothing compared to SAN support contracts
  • you can go all flash for minimal cost compared to dedicated SANS
  • change hardware at will
I haven't really had to use support very much. We had a phone call early on to discuss various settings and their impact. We have asked support to watch us upgrade to ensure we had no problems (too easy and didn't need them). Overall they have responded to a few emails when we had some questions.
We used HPE lefthand and tried several enterprise grade NAS systems from Lenovo. We have also had a few Dells Poweredge systems. I like StarWind the most due to the agnostic approach with the hardware. Easy to change hardware and keep your license. Also easy to swing data and don't have to worry about proprietary software on each server.

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?


Veeam Backup & Replication, Netwrix Auditor, Hyper-V
If you are needing high performance storage at a reasonable cost.
If you like to control your data centers hardware (change it at your will as well).
If you like the ability to scale your SAN how you see fit (you can add DAS units to your servers).
If you don't like hardware support contracts that get more expensive with time.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

4 - Only a few admins get to see it.
4 - Overall we don't deal with it on a regular basis - it is kinda a fire and forget type software. I would be more concerned if we needed to tinker with it on a even monthly basis.
  • We have discussed a long term archive going in one of our remote sites.

Evaluating StarWind Virtual SAN and Competitors

Yes - Dell Poweredge
HPE Lefthand
Lenovo NAS
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
Took a chance and tried starWind with some very old hardware to try it.
They gave use a free trial, and everything worked very well.
Price point would be the single biggest factor - but performance is directly tied to it as well.
would be the same - compared all of our current hardware to this.

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
Yes - I save enough money that I like to have support incase I need it. When I am running my entire environment on this, I want to ensure that I have everyone's attention if needed. So far I have not needed it, and we have been running for I think 6 years - but just incase.
I had some theoretical questions and they entertained me just as if they were a system down. Very impressed.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Very lightweight
  • Doesn't need a bunch of options - this is a SAN
  • take almost no time to see all systems - main screen
It is just really lightweight and easy to use. Like I have said before - you really shouldn't need to be in it on the daily though.