It's a Winner!! for us
Updated March 21, 2024

It's a Winner!! for us

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

We have been using a StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) on two production locations with a Hyper-V Cluster for almost 7 years now in my current company but have 10 year of experience with the product. It has given us very good performance and we haven't had any issue with it in the past years. StarWind support is excellent, very fast and has very good knowledge of the StarWind and Hyper-V Cluster software. What we like best about it is that it's the only true two-node Hyper-V cluster solution that's available. On both production locations, we have a 2-node setup over 2 different server rooms. Our main goal was that we want to have all VM servers available on one Cluster host, in case of a disaster in one of our server rooms. Microsoft SSD (Storage Space Direct) always needs a 3rd witness (SMB or Cloud) but in ours a two-node solution this is not ideal. Direct connected fiber connections between the nodes makes everything fast and makes the chance of a Cluster split-brain fault less likely.

Pros

  • True two node Hyper-V cluster solution.
  • Performance.
  • StarWind support will install and configure the software and also update it for you.
  • Simplicity.

Cons

  • none yet
  • It easy to maintian with a small IT Team because of the great support of Starwind
  • It's fast and doesn't need a third witness voor you cluster to work
  • All VM can be running on one cluster host

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Did implementation of StarWind Virtual SAN go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy StarWind Virtual SAN again?

Yes

It's an easy and simple way to get a great HA Cluster environment without the need for expensive third-party appliances like physical SAN/Switches.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

3 - Own IT staff, managing IT infrastructure for multiple locations of our company.
3 - IT System/Network Administrators need all skills to support all kinds of IT software and IT Hardware of our company.
  • Storage for our Hyper-V Cluster.
  • Hardware is placed on multiple locations so fast sync is important.
  • Performance.
  • Support from vendor.
  • Keep it simple.
  • True Two-node HA cluster configuration (no 3rd witness needed).
We are already in transition to replace old hardware (with StarWind VSAN) for new hardware and of course StarWind VSAN.

Evaluating StarWind Virtual SAN and Competitors

Yes - HP StoreVirtual SAN
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
A 2-node HA cluster without 3rd party appliances.
We will not change the selection. We also checked Microsoft SDS for our new servers but StarWind matched more with our wishes.

StarWind Virtual SAN Implementation

StarWind Support did a great job.
  • Third-party professional services
Vendor (StarWind) did the installation with our own in-house IT staff.

StarWind Virtual SAN Training

By Remotly viewing how the install it and with the help of there documentation you have a good idea how everything works

Configuring StarWind Virtual SAN

basic stuuf you can do yourself and if you have question starwins supoort is great
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
No - we have not done any custom code

StarWind Virtual SAN Support

Support from StarWind engineers is great and they have good knowledge of the products.
ProsCons
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
None
Yes, because it the best way to do when you have third-party software.
They always get in contact after a couple of days after they implement the software.

Using StarWind Virtual SAN

In the beginning it could be a little bit difficult to see what everything is but after a while it's much easier.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
  • Installation is done with StarWind Support.
  • Check the sync status.
  • Iscsi target could be a little difficult if you never used it before

StarWind Virtual SAN Reliability

Relationship with StarWind

Upgrading StarWind Virtual SAN

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