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!

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

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

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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