StarWind's Very Simple, Veritably Sound Virtual SAN
May 01, 2023

StarWind's Very Simple, Veritably Sound Virtual SAN

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

The MSP that I work for brought on a client who realized they needed help with IT after the acquisition of another company. In the space of a few weeks, that client nearly doubled in size, and the aged tech in use at each location previously wasn't going to cut it. While we originally quoted a traditional SAN deployment for the client, they were concerned about having a single storage unit with two very distant servers. They weren't interested in buying two SANs so that each location could host one. StarWind Virtual SAN allowed us to keep their data synced between two sites without the extra hardware expenditure. This also meant we had rolled out an off-site disaster recovery location since it's unlikely both units would be affected by a disaster simultaneously.

Pros

  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to deploy
  • Good support

Cons

  • Documentation could be more succinct
  • Support is sometimes difficult to understand verbally
  • We left another client with a good impression of our MSP's skillset and validity of technical recommendations
Having dealt with a bit of subpar support in my career, I can say that the support team at StarWind never drifted lower than middle-of-the-pack. They met my expectations of support from contemporary tech companies, at least, and surpassed my expectations more often than not. Nothing makes a Monday morning scramble easier than knowing that support won't add more stress than it relieves.

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

The StarWind Virtual SAN is a wonderfully cost-effective solution for vSAN deployment. Whether it is being vetted as an additional solution to your existing stack of tech offerings by your R&D department or is simply meant to allow them to dip their toes into virtual SANs for the first time, this vSAN is a very low-risk venture.

However, this vSAN is meant squarely for the small to medium business market. As tempting as it might be, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

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