Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

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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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"In our experience with StarWind, the support has been by far the most valuable feature.""The redundancy of two identical nodes that can run alone allows us to have truly "no single point of failure" in our computing and primary storage infrastructure.""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.""The sales process is easy.""Product functionality and performance are wonderful.""The option to deploy a hyper-converged system without an expensive storage switch was a benefit.""What makes it valuable is the high-availability. In the education field, when you've got students in classrooms, any loss of service disrupts the lessons to a point that the whole lesson is affected. For part of the business which isn't business-critical, to have a little bit of a hiccup wouldn't be such a big thing, but here, it's the high availability of service that is important.""The hardware footprint is great. We've got two 2U servers which replaced four 2U servers. Granted, they were about three years old at that point, but we actually increased our processing capacity by about 50 percent while keeping our storage capacity about the same. We've actually been able to downgrade to a half rack from a full rack because we've gotten rid of some of our network equipment and some of our additional storage arrays."

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"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.""The solution does not support some cloud SaaS applications and has room for improvement with better integration to the storage array."

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"The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification.""The only issue we have seen is with the StarWind Server Manager. We have had to continually reboot the server in order to use it.""I would request that the terms and conditions be reviewed and made more acceptable to corporate security so that we could finally turn on the proactive support feature, as it is included with our support agreement.""Over the past three years, there were two instances where our cluster had an issue, yet StarWind proactively notified me of those issues and effortlessly guided me through the process of correcting the issue with minimal effort on my part.""It would be nice to have some kind of GUI interface implemented to give you an overall view of the system's health at a glance.""The truth is that the operation and support offered is good, but we consider that the product's usability could improve, as well as the data resynchronization time after an unexpected closure.""Possible new features could be CSV-level snapshot capability, Veeam integration, and maybe a more straightforward setup. Granted, you don't have to worry about setups with the HCA, but if you want to implement StarWind vSAN in a lab to test it is a tedious setup process.""The only area that the product could improve would be user training."

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  • "The solution offers a yearly license and it is expensive."
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  • "A desired feature or service would be the ability to have a hardware subscription plan that ensures routine hardware updates in conjunction with hyper-converged software."
  • "Its cost was reasonable."
  • "This was all completed at an affordable price point for an SMB, which was also a key element for an NPO."
  • "When I researched they came the most cost-effective."
  • "The other solutions we were looking at were priced much higher than this and they didn't necessarily have full redundancy... Nutanix and VxRail were in the final running... but it came down to our price point."
  • "I honestly feel that there's no one else in the market doing what they're doing for the price point that they're doing it at. That's why I asked them about investing in their company. I think that the options they're providing and the software that they have is sort of revolutionary for the price point... The total cost was $24,400."
  • "The Nutanix piece was about $45,000, getting close to $50,000 with all the licensing involved, whereas the StarWind was less than half of that, after Microsoft licensing and such."
  • "We looked at Nutanix and found it did almost the same thing but for more money. In fact, StarWind was nearly one-third of the price; it cost us £36,000. That includes five years of monitoring... The Nutanix was near enough £110,000 for relatively the same amount of performance and storage."
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    Questions from the Community
    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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    Computer Software Company20%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Educational Organization9%
    Construction Company12%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Transportation Company8%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise8%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] doesn't meet the minimum requirements to be ranked in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 33 reviews. Commvault Distributed Storage [EOL] is rated 9.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.6. 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 Portworx Enterprise and Red Hat Ceph Storage, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), Dell PowerFlex, VMware vSAN, VxRail and StorMagic SvSAN.

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