True 2-node VSAN, perfect for SMB!
August 18, 2023

True 2-node VSAN, perfect for SMB!

Seth Weber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with StarWind Virtual SAN

We're too small for 3 physical hypervisors, but we still have 2 and want high-availability. Native VSAN for the hypervisor we use requires 2 nodes plus a witness, or 3, and we just couldn't do that.On a search for an alternative, I found StarWind. They offer a true 2-node setup with agent VMs on each hosts and 2 high-bandwidth links to each other, and that's it!


  • True 2-node VSAN
  • Redundancy
  • Stability
  • Ease of use
  • SMB-friendly pricing


  • Documentation
  • Cut costs (more affordable than a traditional SAN system)
  • Improved performance (10Gbps links)
Pricing is also very fair and their support is top-notch! I had some trouble setting it up but it didn't take long at ALL to get in touch with a support rep and they were knowledgeable on the product, not just an agent reading a script.
VMware vSAN requires 3 physical hosts or 2 and a witness, and this was not practical for our situation as we are SMB. StarWind allows us to continue our 2-host virtualization setup and keep all our redundancy and performance.

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If you're a small business (SMB), StarWind is PERFECT for your virtual SAN needs. Whether it be initially designing your infrastructure or replacing an existing SAN setup, a VSAN with StarWind will cut costs and give you all the benefits of SAN (redundancy, expand-ability, etc).


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