Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN
We purchased this product to manage storage between our two node hyper v cluster. We wanted to avoid the added complexity and single point of failure that a traditional three tier approach brings, so we went with Starwind vSAN to ensure we had 100% redundancy in the event of either host failing completely.
- The product simply works, it's been very reliable and robust in my experience.
- Support is fantastic, they were quick to respond throughout the whole process and were always knowledgeable.
- Pricing is simple and easy to understand. It's a perpetual license and you only pay a reasonable fee to renew support yearly.
- Some of the documentation on the website is a bit dated, leading to some confusion as I found some older articles in my initial research.
- The UI of the software isn't the most intuitive. This isn't a huge issue as it's not something you're going to be looking at every day, it's very much set it and forget.
- It can be a bit confusing to try and understand the full process based on the documentation alone, definitely leverage their support if you have any questions or issues.
- We've got the added redundancy of having a second hyper v host for our production VM environment.
- Built in notifications means you can set and forget the product, no one needs to spend time monitoring it daily.
- Excellent and affordable support options means you can be assured that a quick resolution will be found in the event of an issue.
We really have not seen any benefits to this as we only run Windows virtual machines in our Hyper v environment. I can see how it would be nice to have the flexibility of using this in a more hybrid environment, but that isn't us at the moment. We've not had any issues with our implementation.
As the sole administrator of this software, the ease of use meant that I didn't have to spend a huge amount of time learning the ins and outs of Starwind vSAN. While a bit confusing at first, it quickly gets easy to wrap your head around how everything works as it's fairly simple at the end of the day.
Support for Starwind Virtual SAN is fantastic. During every step of the process, from requesting a trial key to demo the product in a test environment to a production implementation, support was always responsive and knowledgeable. The engineer assigned to my onboard review was very knowledgeable and always explained why he was making certain recommendations.
The only other option we really considered was Microsoft's storage spaces direct. The biggest issue we had with that solution was the lack of local disk redundancy in a two node environment. With Starwind, it doesn't matter how many nodes you have, and we were able to leverage our hardware raid controllers for an extra layer of redundancy.
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Starwind Virtual SAN seems like the perfect solution for a virtual SAN in smaller scenarios. For our case, we're running a two node hyper v cluster, and the built in alternative from Microsoft, Storage Spaces Direct, seems mostly intended for 3 or more nodes in a cluster. I can't speak to how well Starwind scales beyond our two node system, but it works perfectly for our smaller setup.