Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

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We performed a comparison between Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Commvault is a user-friendly tool, so most people are happy to adopt this solution.""Some customers have chosen this solution for its features, benefits, and user-friendly interface."

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"The added speed of using standard HDD and SSD meant we could increase what services are stored on the servers without having to have additional servers.""It improved all services running on the new cluster and took up less space and less energy.""The most valuable aspect of StarWind is the all-in-one solution that they provide.""I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop.""The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched.""The hosts came preconfigured, and it was plug-and-play.""StarWind's proactive support is my favorite feature.""The low cost of this solution has also made a big difference in our budget, which has been very helpful."

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"The solution does not support some cloud SaaS applications and has room for improvement with better integration to the storage array.""NAS backups and BNP protocol backups could be improved. We require some more advanced features. I would also like some features that would enable us to deploy faster, like an orchestrator or something."

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"At times there has been a language barrier when communicating issues.""What would have to be done urgently is the adaptation of the hardware to the configuration.""The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification.""If I had to pick something to add to the product, it would be nice if you could have more than one user account on their command center VM.""Shipping options should be explained in detail and offer more white glove delivery options even if it comes at an additional cost for some SMBs without docks.""Maybe they could have a support portal that you can have direct access to a current support representative.""We'd like an easier setup for Windows updates on the Hyper-V servers so you don't have to use a script to ensure auto-updating is done.""I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers."

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  • "The solution offers a yearly license and it is expensive."
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    Top Answer:Some customers have chosen this solution for its features, benefits, and user-friendly interface.
    Top Answer:Commvault Distributed Storage pricing is quite high and has room for improvement. The solution does not support some cloud SaaS applications and has room for improvement with better integration to the… more »
    Top Answer:I am only responsible for configuring and attaching the Commvault Distributed Storage. In a situation when a customer indicates that the product is not performing as expected, I am only responsible… more »
    Top Answer:StarWind's proactive support is my favorite feature.
    Top Answer:Keep in mind that StarWind VMs for the vSAN will take up 24GB of memory per host. If you do decide to go with StarWind, adjust your hardware configuration appropriately if you need those memory… more »
    Top Answer:I honestly don't have anything to complain about. Nothing is perfect, though, over the past three years, there were two instances where our cluster had an issue, yet StarWind proactively notified me… more »
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    Commvault® Distributed Storage delivers a modern, distributed approach to storing and protecting data on premises and in the cloud. CDS provides resilient yet simple distributed architecture for all modern workloads. Organizations can now have the predictability to grow with changing business requirements, converging digital services across both private and public cloud infrastructure to maximize their flexibility and overcome the rigidity and poor economics of traditional storage.

    Commvault® Distributed Storage natively spans multiple racks, datacenters, or sites across geographies and public cloud environments. It is truly software-defined, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today for any hypervisor, application, or container environment.

    Commvault Distributed Storage Features:

    Predictable: Scale-out provides predictable performance, scale, and costs, giving you the flexibility you need as your business evolves. Automated and dynamic storage provisioning, integration with container orchestrators, and the ability to enable portable, persistent storage for containers with easy migration of applications between data center and public cloud helps you accelerate DevOps and drive innovation.

    Resilient: The distributed systems architecture distributes data across multiple locations – from on-premises data centers to the cloud – as it’s written. This distributed write maximizes availability and protects data from hardware failures from a single disk to an entire site, improving disaster recovery planning.

    Simple: Whether your data is on-premises or in the cloud, across block, file, or object storage, you can manage all of it with a single storage platform with a simplified presentation layer. The platform caters to specific workload needs with unique provisioning policies to ensure workload availability across environments while enabling the right storage technology (deduplication, compression, encryption, etc.) for the application.

    For SMB, ROBO and Enterprises, who look to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer. The HCA supports scale-up by adding disks and flash, and scale-out by adding extra nodes.

    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance consists of StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN “Ready Nodes”, targeting those, who are building their virtualization infrastructure from scratch. In case there is an existing set of servers, we offer a “software only version”, which is essentially our years proven StarWind Virtual SAN. Basically, it’s the fuel powering StarWind HCA. 

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    Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] is ranked 17th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 36 reviews. Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] is rated 9.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] writes "It helped us earn more customers by improving productivity and reducing implementation time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Excellent support and documentation with flexible pricing". Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage and Portworx Enterprise, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), StorMagic SvSAN, Dell PowerFlex, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.

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